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Renewable Energy Update - December 2017

by Allen Matkins on

PG&E goes for 165MW of energy storage towards 2024 mandate - Energy Storage News - Dec 6 Investor-owned utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has furthered its commitment towards the state’s mandated target for energy...more

UK Takes Steps to Prepare for Post-Brexit Trade Policy

The government draws closer to establishing the legislation that will be needed after Brexit with the introduction of a new Trade Bill. The Trade Bill has received a first hearing in parliament, but not been debated at...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Vote Indicates U.S. Solar Industry, Markets & Policymakers Should Expect Increased Duties &...

by Bryan Cave on

On October 31, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted on “Global Safeguard” import remedies regarding Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic (CSPV) cells (see International Regulatory Bulletin (IRB) No. 565). A...more

ITC Makes Recommendations in Solar Trade Case

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The fate of the U.S. solar industry is now (at least somewhat) in the hands of President Donald Trump. By Jan. 12, 2018, he must decide what action, if any, to take against overseas solar panel manufacturers whose imports are...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #5

Drive for ANWR Oil Bonanza Could Prove to be a Bust for the Republicans' Budget - "Congressional Republicans counting on a $1 billion windfall from selling oil-drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to help...more

International Trade Commission Issues Recommendations for Tariffs on Imported Solar PV Equipment

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 31, 2017, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) released its recommendations to impose a tariff on imported solar equipment. The proposals it issued, however, would result in duties substantially lower than...more

Congress Presses-On for Temporary Tariff Relief on Non-U.S. Made Goods by Year’s End

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee held a hearing on October 25th to discuss the new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Process – overseen by the U.S. International Trade Commission with input from other federal agencies – to...more

ITC Proposes Tariffs in Solar Trade Case

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After hearing days of arguments and considering dozens of filings from solar companies both opposed to and in support of trade action, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today recommended tariffs on imported solar...more

New York Public Service Commission Issues Rules for Distributed Energy Resource Suppliers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) recently issued Uniform Business Practices for distributed energy resource (DER) providers (or suppliers), similar to the consumer protection standards that are already in place...more

Rajen Ranchhoojee on the Potential Renegotiation of Tariffs Under South Africa's REIPPP Program

Rajen Ranchhoojee, Special Legal Counsel in Orrick’s Washington, D.C. office, recently spoke with inspiratia [subscription required] regarding news that the South African government may attempt to renegotiate tariffs for the...more

NAFTA is not the only important trade issue on Congress’ radar this Fall

by Dentons on

The US trade policy conversation has been dominated by the NAFTA renegotiations, the Trump administration’s resurrection of Section 232 national security investigations on aluminum and steel, Section 201 safeguard...more

France Moves Toward Ending All Regulated Tariffs for Natural Gas Sales

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: The Conseil d'État (France's Administrative Supreme Court) has ruled that the public service obligation to supply natural gas at regulated tariffs in France contravened EU law. In particular, it affirmed that no...more

SMART Moves to a New Forum: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities to Consider a SMART Tariff

Stakeholders have been following the development of “SMART” as a successor to the SREC program in Massachusetts for more than a year.  (See our previous posts on the development process here, here, and here.)  As it stands,...more

Suniva SolarWorld Section 201 Solar Panel Proceeding - UPDATE

On May 23, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission ("USITC") initiated a proceeding under section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974 to determine if imports of crystalline solar photovoltaic ("CSPV") cells and modules are...more

Department of Energy Proposes Major Changes to Wholesale Power Market Rules

by Hogan Lovells on

During his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry repeatedly expressed support for an “all of the above” approach to energy development and use. On Friday, September 29, he initiated one of the first...more

CETA: A New Opportunity, and Challenge, for Canadian Companies

by Dickinson Wright on

Canadian exporters should have 500 million new consumers on their radar. The Canada – European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”) has come into effect provisionally, immediately eliminating 98% of...more

CIT Finds That Home Depot Doorknobs Are Locks

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent opinion, the Court of International Trade upheld the determination by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that certain doorknobs imported by home-improvement retailer Home Depot are properly classified as...more

5 Things Reflected in the ITC’s Suniva Injury-Phase Vote and What Comes Next

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted unanimously on September 22, 2017, for an affirmative determination of injury to U.S. producers of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) products, such as solar cells,...more

U.S. Solar Industry and Alternative Energy Market Await “Global Safeguard” Remedy Recommendations by U.S. International Trade...

by Bryan Cave on

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) determined on Friday, September 22, 2017, that Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic (CSPV) cells (regardless whether they are assembled fully or partially into other products)...more

ITC Decision Could Cloud Outlook for Solar Project Developers

by Jones Day on

A recent decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") could have long-term consequences for the U.S. solar industry. On September 22, 2017, the ITC found, by a vote of 4-0, that rising imports have caused...more

EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement (CETA)

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”), the much anticipated free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada went into effect on September 21st. CETA is a terrific opportunity for global companies...more

U.S. Solar Industry Braces for Potential Tariffs After U.S. International Trade Commission Decision

by Holland & Knight LLP on

After the U.S. International Trade Commission's (ITC) ruling on September 22 that importers of solar panels have seriously injured domestic solar panel manufacturers, the U.S. solar industry is set for a period of...more

Renewable Energy Update - September 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar industry roiled by trade ruling that some fear could lead to tariffs - Washington Post - Sep 22 - The U.S. solar industry was roiled on Friday by a unanimous ruling in a much...more

Section 201 Solar Trade Case Injury Determination

by Clark Hill PLC on

The U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC" or "Commission") unanimously determined on September 22, 2017 that low-cost, imported solar equipment has caused serious injury to the domestic solar cell and panel industry. As...more

Solar Flare-up with China

Two actions took place at the end of last week which heighten concerns that a trade war with China could be ever more likely. First, there was the preliminary decision in the solar panels 201 case. Then, we had the additional...more

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