NSF awards Univ. of Maryland and Genovation $438K to develop novel hybrid energy storage system for EVs

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The National Science Foundation has selected a project by researchers at the University of Maryland and their partners from Genovation Cars ( earlier post ) for a $438,418 GOALI (Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry) award to develop a novel hybrid energy storage system for electric vehicles. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, with Steven Rogers, president and CTO of Genovation Cars.

FTA awarding $130M in Low-No grants for zero-emission and low-emission transit buses and facilities

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The US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced approximately $130 million in grant selections through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program, which funds the deployment of transit buses and infrastructure for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses and supporting facilities. Maryland Department of Transportation.

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Maryland, DOE and Daimler Trucks North America begin deployment of 143 heavy-duty hybrid electric and hybrid hydraulic trucks

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The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has launched the deployment of 143 heavy-duty Freightliner hybrid electric and Freightliner Custom Chassis hybrid hydraulic trucks under the Maryland Hybrid Truck Initiative ( MHTI ).

UMD IBBR awarded DOE grant to investigate how to protect biofuel crop poplar trees from disease

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The University of Maryland (UMD) Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) has been award ed a $1.1million US Department of Energy (DOE) grant to elucidate the mechanism of rust pathogenesis in poplar in an effort to engineer durable resistance for this important, second-generation biofuel crop. Initial seed funding was also provided by the University Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State.

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Advanced Biofuels USA receives USDA grant for feasibility study of eastern shore energy beet-to-jetfuel project

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The US Department of Agriculture has provided $16,893 to Advanced Biofuels USA , a Maryland-based 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, for a feasibility study of producing bio-jetfuel from energy beets grown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The study will look at the technical and economic aspects of a project being developed by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), Purdue University, and Maryland small businesses.

CCAT receives $100K USDA grant to determine feasibility of alt fuel plants in Connecticut

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $100,000 Rural Business Enterprise grant to the not-for-profit Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), based in East Hartford, Conn. The grant will be used to help determine the feasibility of alternative fuel plants in north-central Connecticut.

EPA Grants California Vehicle GHG Regulations Waiver

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The US Environmental Agency (EPA) has granted California’s waiver request enabling the state to enforce its greenhouse gas emissions standards (Pavley I) for new motor vehicles, beginning with the current model year. In granting the California waiver, EPA found that California continues to have a need for its motor vehicle emissions program, including the greenhouse gas standards.

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NIST Awards $123M in 12 Recovery Act Grants for New Research Facilities; Univ. of Ky CAER to Expand Capacitor and Battery Manufacturing Research with its $11.8M Award

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The US Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded more than $123 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants to support the construction of new scientific research facilities at 11 universities and one non-profit research organization. million to the University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)

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EPA announces ~$44M in DERA funding to reduce emissions from diesel engines

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of grant funding to implement projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $44 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants. EPA anticipates releasing a separate Tribal DERA grant funding opportunity in early 2020.

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EPA awards $6M in research funding to improve air quality models

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Research supported by these grants will improve air quality models—specifically the component of models that represent how chemicals react in the atmosphere (known as “chemical mechanisms”). University of Maryland to develop software packages using machine learning methods to gain insights on atmospheric chemical processes and increase computational efficiency of chemical mechanisms for use in air quality models.

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EPA awarding $4.2M for clean diesel projects in six ports

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million in grant funding for clean diesel projects at six US ports. The grants awarded today will help six ports improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions, by providing $4.2 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grants to retrofit, replace, or repower diesel engines resulting in immediate emissions reductions in harmful pollution. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award $4.2

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USDA announces state finalists for $100M Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership for pumps with higher ethanol blends

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 21 states will receive $100 million in grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to drivers in the US. With a more than 1:1 match from private and state resources, USDA estimates that the BIP grants will support nearly 5,000 pumps at over 1,400 fueling stations across the country. Virginia-Maryland.

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UMD researchers receive funding to develop onboard fast-charging system for electric vehicles

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Professor Alireza Khaligh and and Professor Patrick McCluskey at the University of Maryland Energy Research Center have received a three-year Grant Opportunity for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) valued at $460K from the National Science Foundation.

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USDA: $210M to be invested in renewable fuel pump infrastructure through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

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In May 2015, USDA announced the availability of $100 million in grants through the BIP, and that to apply states and private partners match the federal funding by a 1:1 ratio. The 21 states participating in the BIP include Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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Virginia Clean Cities requests proposals from Southeastern fleets interested in converting to propane Autogas

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Fleets in the following states are welcome to submit proposals: Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Washington DC. The Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program is a Virginia Clean Cities project partially funded by a Department of Energy-Clean Cities American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant.

AE Biofuels acquires biotechnology company Zymetis

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a Maryland-based industrial biotechnology company that develops products for the renewable chemicals and advanced fuels industries. Zymetis holds four granted patents and more than ten pending patents on the Z-microbe, a marine organism that was originally discovered consuming plant cellulose at a high rate in the Chesapeake Bay. The genome of the Z-microbe has been fully sequenced by researchers at the University of Maryland. AE Biofuels, Inc.

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Aemetis upgrades India biodiesel plant

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Aemetis operates a research and development laboratory at the Maryland Biotech Center, and holds five granted patents on its Z-microbe and related technology for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals. Aemetis, Inc., an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company based in California, has upgraded its 50 million gallon per year capacity biodiesel and refined glycerin production facility in Kakinada, India to produce high-quality distilled biodiesel.

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EPA approves emergency gasoline fuel waivers for 16 states and DC

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exercised its authority under the Clean Air Act temporarily to waive certain federal clean gasoline requirements for gasoline sold and distributed in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, District of Columbia, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

Aemetis receives EPA approval and EU ISCC certification for distilled biodiesel

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In September 2013, EPA granted Aemetis approval to produce ethanol using grain sorghum and biogas at its converted corn ethanol plant to generate D5 Advanced Biofuels Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). Aemetis operates a research and development laboratory at the Maryland Biotech Center, and holds five granted patents on its Z-microbe and related technology for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals. California-based Aemetis, Inc.

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ARAMARK Adds 50 Hybrids to National Fleet

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A grant, awarded by the US Department of Energy’s Maryland Clean Cities Program and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will allow ARAMARK to accelerate this program. ARAMARK Uniform Services will enhance . its fleet—the 11 th largest private fleet in the United States—with 50 diesel-electric hybrid vehicles.

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Aemetis to acquire Edeniq and its cellulosic ethanol technology

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Edeniq, a private company founded in 2008, has raised approximately $100 million from some of the world’s leading venture capital firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Angeleno Group, The Westly Group, I2BF Global Ventures, and other leading investors, as well as US Department of Energy (DOE) grant funding. Aemetis, Inc.,

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Lightning Hybrids introducing hydraulic hybrid system on walk-in box truck

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Additional states that offer grants and funding for Lightning Hybrids’ systems include Colorado, Maryland and Massachusetts, among others. Morgan Olson walk-in van with Lightning Hybrids hydraulic drive system installed for AmeriPride. Click to enlarge.

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EPA announces availability of $26M for projects to reduce diesel emissions from existing fleet

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $26 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the US’ existing fleet of diesel engines. Grant funds may be used for clean diesel projects that use: EPA-verified retrofit technologies or certified engine configurations. Since the first year of the DERA program in 2008, EPA has awarded nearly 700 grants across the US.

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$112.5M awarded to research consortia studying effects of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Gulf of Mexico

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The new grant recipients were selected using a competitive merit-review process. Through a series of competitive grant programs, the GRI is investigating the impacts of the oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico and the affected coastal States in a broad context of improving fundamental understanding of the dynamics of such events and their environmental stresses and public health implications.

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Aemetis expands license agreement with Chevron Lummus Global for renewable jet and diesel fuel technology

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The expanded license agreement grants Aemetis Advanced Fuels, Inc., Aemetis operates a research and development laboratory at the Maryland Biotech Center, and holds five granted patents and nine pending patents on its Z-microbe and related technology for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. Aemetis, Inc.,

Castor Bean Genome Published

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Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) and the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS), University of Maryland School of Medicine, published the sequence and analysis of the castor bean ( Ricinus communis ) genome in Nature Biotechnology. A research team co-led by scientists from the J.

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Shell Oil replacing Ryder diesel trucks with with Ryder LNG trucks for operations in Louisiana and Texas

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Ryder has deployed CNG and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles into the fleets of Ryder customers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Quebec, Canada. Shell Oil Company has signed an agreement with Ryder System for 15 liquefied natural gas (LNG) heavy-duty vehicles supporting oil and gas logistics operations in Lafayette, La. and Houston, Texas.

Chromatin signs multi-year agreement with Aemetis to supply locally-grown sorghum for ethanol production

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Aemetis operates a research and development laboratory at the Maryland Biotech Center, and holds five granted patents and four licensed patents on its Z-microbe and related technology for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. Chromatin, Inc. and Aemetis, Inc., an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company, have entered into a multi-year agreement to source locally-grown grain sorghum.

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U. of Minnesota researchers demonstrate new method for direct conversion of heat to electricity

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Funding for early research on the alloy came from a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant from the US Office of Naval Research (involving other universities including the California Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, University of Washington and University of Maryland), and research grants from the US Air Force and the National Science Foundation.

Prius Plug-In eligibile for a $1,500 California consumer incentive plus $2,500 Federal tax credit

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These grants are available when a vehicle is either purchased or leased for 36 months or longer. At launch, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid will be available in the following 14 states: California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. Toyota Motor Sales, Inc.

Researchers propose 2nd law of thermodynamics-based process to select and develop microorganisms for optimal biofuel production

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Researchers at the University of Maryland are proposing a new process to isolate and to direct the evolution of microorganisms that convert cellulosic biomass or gaseous CO 2 and H 2 to biofuels such as ethanol, 1-butanol, butane, or hexane (among others). Funding was provided with a Grant from the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Maryland.

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Nissans US Roll-Out Plan for the LEAF

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The EV Project is a result of a partnership with charging infrastructure provider ECOtality and partially funded by a grant from the US Department of Energy. Nissan’s LEAF EV first will be available to consumers in December, in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee. These areas are home to The EV Project—the largest electric vehicle and infrastructure deployment yet undertaken.

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New high-performance cathode materials for low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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The power density of a commercialized low-temperature SOFC system developed by researchers at the University of Maryland and Redox Power is also more than 2W cm -2 , earlier post.). Peak power densities of cells with LnBa 0.5 Sr 0.5 Co 1.5 Fe 0.5 GDC (Ln = Pr and Nd) cathode. Credit: Choi et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) (S. Korea), Georgia Institute of Technology, and Dong-Eui University (S.

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Newly identified enzyme from hyperthermophilic archaea could assist cellulosic biofuels production

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Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine have characterized a new cellulase (cellulose-digesting enzyme) that has optimal activity at 109 °C, a half-life of 5 h at 100 °C, and resists denaturation in strong detergents, high-salt concentrations, and ionic liquids.

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Biofuel Companies and Trade Associations Push for Extension to Investment Tax Credits for Cellulosic Biofuels and The Inclusion of Algae Biofuels

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Businesses would not be allowed to claim both the production and investment incentives but would be granted the flexibility to choose the incentive best suited to their business condition. Maryland Biotechnology Center.

ExxonMobil and Electrovaya Launch Electric Car Sharing Program in Baltimore

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ExxonMobil is sponsoring an all-electric car-sharing and rental program, called AltCar, at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, MD. million) grant from the government of Ontario to develop its patented Lithium Ion Superpolymer battery technology. The 10-vehicle program (five now, with a further five cars to be made available to the public in the next few weeks) uses Electrovaya’s low-speed Maya 300. Earlier post.)

USDOT awarding $55M to support purchase of Low-No buses; electric buses and infrastructure

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The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $55 million in grant selections through the Low or No Emission (Low-No) Vehicle program, which funds the development of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced fuel technologies. Montgomery County, Maryland. Montgomery County, Maryland will receive funds to purchase Proterra 35' E2 battery electric buses, as well as depot chargers, to replace diesel buses.

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Scientists synthesize first functional designer chromosome in yeast

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Corresponding federal grant numbers are MCB-0718846 and GM-077291. Department of Energy, and grants from the Exploratory Research Grant from the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

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More states follow California’s clean car standards

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The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to grant California’s request to carry out its own clean car standards not only clears the way for the Schwarzenegger-led state to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions, but it is likely to effect at least 13 additional states too. The 13 states are: Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

Air Force Office of Scientific Research Awards $3M for Research into Graphene Additives for Novel Aviation and Diesel Fuels

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The US Air Force Office of Scientific Research ( AFOSR ) has awarded an interdisciplinary team of scientists led by Princeton engineers a two-year, $3-million grant to develop nanoscale graphene additives for novel fuels to help supersonic jets fly faster and diesel engines cleaner and more efficient.

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US DOT Awards $100M in Recovery Act Funds to 43 Transit Projects to Reduce Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Transit agencies began submitting their proposals after the FTA announced rules for the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) grant program as part of the Recovery Act last March. Since President Obama signed ARRA into law in February, grants totaling more than $7.2 This grant would allow ConnDOT to upgrade the upcoming purchases of buses and would fund the incremental cost of a hybrid bus compared to a conventional bus.

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Osage Bio Energy: Winter Barley Ethanol as Advanced Biofuel for RFS-2

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In fact, growing barley is better than leaving the field fallow according to the Chesapeake Quarterly (published by the Maryland Sea Grant College, Vol 8, No. 1): “Anytime you have a growing crop out there in the winter that is receiving relatively little nutrient input, it’s going to be positive,” says University of Maryland’s Coale [Frank Coale, the chair of the Department of Environmental Science and Technology]. by Bill Cooke.

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Perspective: Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Programs May be the Solution

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It covers ten Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont). The RGGI cap-and-trade system works by auctioning a limited number of carbon pollution allowances–each representing one short ton of carbon pollution to power generators in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont each quarter.

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