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Massachusetts DOER Releases Solar Carve-Out II Guideline

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released a draft guideline last week outlining a proposed process to grant Assurances of Qualification to solar generation facilities seeking to participate in the Solar...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Issues Preliminary Determination of Injury to US Solar Cell Industry from Imports of Certain...

By a vote on February 14, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) made a preliminary determination of material injury to the U.S. solar cell manufacturing industry due to low-priced Crystalline Silicon...more

Solar Products from China and Taiwan Face Major New Investigations

On February 14, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) voted to go forward with the new antidumping and countervailing duty cases filed on New Year’s Eve by SolarWorld Industries America, Inc., the U.S. solar panel...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - February 2014

In This Issue: - New Solar Case Filed To Close Enforcement Loopholes - China Ends Duties On Cars And Begins Implementing WTO Decision On Chicken Products - Shale Oil Production Leads To Fractured Debate On Crude...more

New Solar Case Filed To Close Enforcement Loopholes

On January 23, 2014, Commerce initiated antidumping ("AD") and countervailing duty ("CVD") investigations on certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products from the People's Republic of China and Taiwan. The petition,...more

Trade War Continues – China Hits U.S. Solar Material Suppliers with Final Anti-Dumping and Anti-Subsidy Duties

In a move viewed by many as retaliation against the U.S. for the anti-dumping and countervailing duties assessed by the U.S. against Chinese solar panels, China recently finalized its anti-dumping duties on imports into China...more

Winning – China Releases Names of Solar PV Manufacturers Making the List

For the past year we have heard rumors that the Chinese government would select or otherwise designate solar companies that it approved. It was unclear exactly what form this selection would take and what the implications...more

Renewable Energy Update -- January, 9, 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Catching rays in California, and storing them - New York Times - Dec 23: Solar power is growing so fast in California — with installations by customers increasing tenfold since 2006 — that it is...more

The DoD Issues New Interim Rule on PV Devices

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently issued an interim rule amending the applicable Defense Federal Regulation Acquisition Supplement (DFARS) related to country of origin determinations for photovoltaic (PV) devices...more

U.S. Industry Files New Allegations Against Solar Products From China And Taiwan

On December 31, 2013, SolarWorld Industries America (SolarWorld), a U.S. manufacturer of solar panels, petitioned the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the International Trade Commission (ITC) for additional tariffs on...more

New Solar Panel Unfair Trade Cases

On December 31, 2013, SolarWorld Industries America Inc. filed petitions with the U.S. government seeking antidumping and countervailing (anti-subsidy) duties on U.S. imports of Chinese and Taiwanese crystalline silicon...more

SolarWorld Files New Anti-Dumping and Anti-Subsidy Cases against China and Taiwan Solar Cells

On December 31, 2013, SolarWorld Industries America Inc. petitioned the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission to begin antidumping investigations against the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan and a...more

U.S. Subsidiary of SolarWorld Files New AD/CVD Petitions on Chinese-Origin Solar Cells

On December 31, 2013, SolarWorld Industries America, Inc. (“SolarWorld”) – the U.S. subsidiary of Germany-based SolarWorld AG – filed petitions for the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVDs) on...more

US China Trade War–Developments Trade, Customs, Patents, US/China Antitrust And Securities

There have been some major developments in the trade, Customs fraud, patents, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. I have just returned from a trip of more than 2 weeks in China. While in China, we discussed US...more

Washington Energy Update - November 2013

In This Issue: - Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic Treaties: Opportunities and Challenges for LNG Exports - Suit Against Chinese Solar Firms Seeks Nearly US$1 Billion in Damages - Major Energy Bills Get Started in...more

Disclosures Regarding Solar Panel Restrictions

Section 55-79.97 of the Virginia Condominium Act and Sections 55-509.5 and 55-509.10 of the Property Owners' Association Act were amended to require that the disclosure package of the association set forth any restriction on...more

U.S. Department of Commerce Soon to Launch Review of Duties on Chinese-Origin Solar Cells amidst Challenges to Scope of Coverage...

December 2013 will mark the first “anniversary month” of the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on Chinese-origin crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) cells, whether or not assembled into modules. The U.S....more

Energy And Environment Update -- September 9, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; International; States; Sustainability; and...more

Renewable Energy Update -- August 30, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff: solar 'is going to overtake everything' -- Green Tech Solar News - Aug 22: If anybody doubts that federal energy regulators are aware of the rapidly changing...more

EU/China Solar Settlement Becomes Effective

A settlement between the European Union (EU) and the Chinese government on the import of photovoltaic solar cells to the EU became effective on August 6, 2013. The settlement resolves a US $27 billion dumping and subsidy...more

DTSC Rulemaking Proposes to Classify All Discarded Solar Panels As Hazardous Waste

On June 27, California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (“DTSC”) announced a 15 day comment period on new regulations concerning the disposal of photovoltaic (PV) modules—broadly defined as “any photovoltaic device...more

Solar Panels At GM Tech Center

Empower Energies of Troy has completed four photovoltaic solar projects, including a groundmounted 49 kw solar array and three solar electric vehicle charging stations at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren....more

Watt’s New? Michigan Energy Newsletter - June 2013

In This Issue: - Huron County Seeks Clarification on Taxes - Court Rules on Cost Allocation for Transmission Upgrades - Amended Renewable Energy Plan Yields Rate Reductions - Solar Panels at GM Tech...more

Solar Power in Europe: EU imposes anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese imports

We commented in a previous alert that the European Commission had launched an investigation into "dumping" of solar panels in the European market by Chinese companies. Yesterday (4 June 2013) it was announced that the...more

Renewable Energy Update -- May 7, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - Providing a level playing field for renewables - PV-Magazine - Apr 26: U.S. Senators have decided to level the playing field for renewable energy sources by providing investors in renewable...more

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