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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Bipartisan Lawmakers Representing Nearly 200 Million Americans Unite Against Solar Tariff Case

  The Commerce Department’s baseless solar tariff investigation is front and center in the news, and political leaders are stepping up to protect their constituents and voice opposition.  In letters to President Biden, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are urging the Department of Commerce to unfreeze the solar industry and immediately end the Auxin Solar tariff probe. In a telling sign, these lawmakers represent 190 million Americans, or 57% of the U.S. population.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Governors Implore Swift End to Solar Tariff Case as State Impacts Worsen

Today a bipartisan group of 19 governors sent a letter to President Biden and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo urging the Biden administration to expedite its review of the anti-circumvention solar tariff case.

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2022

Tariff Case Cuts Solar Deployment Forecasts Nearly in Half, 100,000 Jobs at Risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Solar installation forecasts for 2022 and 2023 are being cut by 46% due to the Biden administration’s circumvention case against solar imports from Southeast Asia. According to new analysis by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the case will result in a drop of 24 gigawatts (GW) of planned solar capacity over the next two years, which is more solar than the industry installed in all of 2021.

Thursday, Apr 21, 2022

FERC Proceeding Offers Opportunity for Critical Transmission System Reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to reform the electric regional transmission planning and cost allocation process governing America’s outdated transmission system. Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state and regulatory affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA):

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2022

White House Takes a Step in the Right Direction with Final NEPA Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released a final rule today which strengthens environmental reviews of infrastructure, including solar and transmission projects on federal lands, under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The rule largely returns CEQ’s regulations to the pre-2020 status quo, and will aid in the development of renewable energy projects by again requiring agencies to consider indirect and cumulative effects of federal decision-making, including climate impacts.

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2022

Survey: Solar Deployment Hammered by Meritless Trade Case, U.S. Climate Goals in Jeopardy

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Three-quarters of surveyed solar companies say that panel deliveries have been cancelled or delayed since the Commerce Department announced it was initiating a circumvention case against imports of solar goods from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, according to preliminary results of a survey conducted by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

Wednesday, Dec 08, 2021

Solar Industry Statement on USITC’s Section 201 Tariff Recommendation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After determining last month that the Section 201 tariffs on solar cells and modules should be extended, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued its remedy recommendation to President Biden today. The President will make a final decision on whether to extend the job-killing tariffs or end them and allow U.S. clean energy deployment to soar. Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, on the Commission’s proposal:

Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021

USITC Recommends Extension of Ineffective Solar Tariffs, Decision Rests With President Biden

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the U.S. International Trade Commission recommended an extension of Section 201 global safeguard tariffs on solar cells and modules. President Biden now has discretion to take this recommendation into consideration and make a final decision. Following is a statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the USITC’s recommendations to President Biden:

Friday, Nov 19, 2021

House Takes Important Step Forward on Clean Energy Progress with Build Back Better Act Passage

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, which includes a 10-year extension of the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), strong support for domestic solar manufacturing and other critical policies to advance American clean energy deployment and production. Following is a statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the House passage:

Wednesday, Nov 10, 2021

REJECTED: Commerce Department Strikes Down Anonymous Solar Tariff Petitions

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a letter outright rejecting an unlawful request for circumvention tariffs on solar products from three countries in Southeast Asia. The petitions were initiated by an anonymous group of companies, and if imposed, would have resulted in the loss of 46,000 solar jobs over the next two years.

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