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Saturday
Jul262014

SEIA Condemns Decision to Impose New Tariffs on Solar Modules 

SEIA Condemns Decision to Impose New Tariffs on Solar Modules


July 25, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON, DC - In a further escalation of the solar trade war with China, the U.S. Department of Commerce has imposed yet another layer of tariffs on solar modules from China, and – for the first time – on imports from Taiwan.  In a decision announced today, Commerce will immediately impose antidumping duties ranging from 26.33 to 58.87 percent for most Chinese suppliers and 27.59 to 44.18 percent for Taiwanese producers.  Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) was quick to condemn the decision.

“Enough is enough.  The Department of Commerce continues to rely on an overly broad scope definition for subject imports from China, adversely impacting both American consumers and the vast majority of the U.S. solar industry,” Resch said.  “We strongly urge the U.S. and Chinese governments to ‘freeze the playing field’ and focus all efforts on finding a negotiated solution.  This continued, unnecessary litigation has already done serious damage, with even more likely to result as the investigations proceed.

“If there’s a silver lining to today’s announcement, “Resch continued, “it’s the fact that the U.S. and Chinese governments, SolarWorld, and Chinese manufacturers now have a brief window of opportunity to move forward on settlement discussions.  SEIA got the ball rolling in this direction first by proposing a negotiated solution and then bringing the parties together.  Now it’s time to start bargaining in earnest.

“A win-win settlement of the broader U.S.-China-Taiwan solar trade conflict is still achievable – as well as one for polysilicon.  As the old saying goes, ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way.’  Today, the parties are finally engaged and all sides seem committed to finding a negotiated solution.  I am encouraging my U.S. and Chinese industry colleagues to roll-up our sleeves, work together, and find a deal that’s good for everyone.”

SEIA will hold a webinar on July 29 at 1 p.m. EST to examine the impact of today’s Department of Commerce decisions on the U.S. solar industry. 

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About SEIA:

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the nationaltrade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.

Wednesday
Jul232014

Upcoming SEIA Webinars: Doubling Down on Sustainability 

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Today's SEIA Webinar

Doubling Down on Sustainability: All About the Solar Industry Commitment to Environmental and Social Responsibility

This Webinar is Public: Open to SEIA members and non-members

Date: Today, July 22, 2014

Time: 1-2 p.m. EDT

 Register

Join us on Tuesday, July 22 at 1pm Eastern to learn about how the Solar Commitment 2014 to Environmental and Social Responsibility can benefit your company. Learn about the solar-specific and general best practices regarding the environment, labor, ethics, and other areas that can help your company. Get the perspective from the investor community and human rights advocates as to why signing on to the Solar Commitment makes practical business sense.

Attendees will learn:

1.     What the Solar Commitment 2014 to Environmental and Social Responsibility is

2.     How the Solar Commitment 2014 to Environmental and Social Responsibility will benefit your company through solar-specific and general best practices

3.     Why investors and human rights advocates support the Solar Commitment 2014 to Environmental and Social Responsibility

Speakers

Steven Heim, Managing Director, Director of Environmental, Social & Governance Research & Engagement, Boston Common Asset Management, LLC.

Faris NatourDirector, Human Rights, BSR

Ed Murray, President, Aztec Solar Inc.

Katherine Stainken, Manager, Government Affairs (Moderator)

 

 
Join us!
SEIA Calendar of Events

July 22, 2014
at 1:00 PM EST

Doubling Down on Sustainability: All About the Solar Industry Commitment to Environmental and Social Responsibility 

August 12, 2014
at 4:00 PM EST
CA ISO Energy Imbalance Market – What Does it Mean For You?
Sept. 9-10

Solar Power Mid-Atlantic | Atlantic City, NJ

October  1, 2014 SEIA Southeast Federal Lobby Day 
October  20-23, 2014

Solar Power International | Las Vegas, NV

View the full SEIA events calendar.

Tuesday
Jul222014

SEIA - Upcoming SEIA Webinars: Doubling Down on Sustainability 

 

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This week's SEIA Webinar

Doubling Down on Sustainability: All About the Solar Industry Commitment to Environmental and Social Responsibility

This Webinar is Public: Open to SEIA members and non-members

Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Time: 1-2 p.m. EDT

 Register

Join us on Tuesday, July 22 at 1pm Eastern to learn about how the Solar Commitment 2014 to Environmental and Social Responsibility can benefit your company. Learn about the solar-specific and general best practices regarding the environment, labor, ethics, and other areas that can help your company. Get the perspective from the investor community and human rights advocates as to why signing on to the Solar Commitment makes practical business sense.

Attendees will learn:

1.     What the Solar Commitment 2014 to Environmental and Social Responsibility is

2.     How the Solar Commitment 2014 to Environmental and Social Responsibility will benefit your company through solar-specific and general best practices

3.     Why investors and human rights advocates support the Solar Commitment 2014 to Environmental and Social Responsibility

Speakers

Steven Heim, Managing Director, Director of Environmental, Social & Governance Research & Engagement, Boston Common Asset Management, LLC.

Faris NatourDirector, Human Rights, BSR

Ed Murray, President, Aztec Solar Inc.

Katherine Stainken, Manager, Government Affairs (Moderator)

 

Coming in August 

CA ISO Energy Imbalance Market – What Does it Mean For You?

This Webinar is Public: Open to SEIA members and non-members

Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Time: 4-5 p.m. EST

Register

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) is expanding its real-time market to include other balancing authorities in the West in its implementation of the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM), which is the automated system that balances electricity supply and demand every five minutes by choosing the least-cost resource to meet the needs of the grid.  In October of this year, the ISO’s EIM goes “live” with PacifiCorp, serving customers in six states. Both the ISO and PacifiCorp recently received conditional approval of their filings to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and are proceeding with testing and market simulation.   This webinar will provide an overview of the EIM, the current status of its implementation and a look to the future – including anticipated work following the October start date and an overview of the Transitional Committee which is an advisory body to the ISO Board on EIM issues.  

Attendees will learn:

  • An overview of the EIM
  • The current status of implementation
  • Future Activities regarding the EIM market

Speakers

Stacey Crowley, Director of Regional Affairs, California Independent System Operator

Don Fuller, Director of Strategic Alliances, California Independent System Operator 

Mark Rothleder, Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration, California Independent System Operator 

Sara Birmingham, Director of Western Policy, SEIA (Moderator)

 

Join us!
SEIA Calendar of Events

July 22, 2014
at 1:00 PM EST

Doubling Down on Sustainability: All About the Solar Industry Commitment to Environmental and Social Responsibility 

August 12, 2014
at 4:00 PM EST
CA ISO Energy Imbalance Market – What Does it Mean For You?
Sept. 9-10

Solar Power Mid-Atlantic | Atlantic City, NJ

October  1, 2014 SEIA Southeast Federal Lobby Day 
October  20-23, 2014

Solar Power International | Las Vegas, NV

View the full SEIA events calendar.

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Tuesday
Jul012014

NH GOP - WITH SHAHEEN HOLDING ANOTHER FUNDRAISER WITH HEALTH CARE LOBBYISTS, NHGOP CHALLENGES HER TO HOST OBAMACARE TOWN HALL MEETING 

Concord - On the heels of last week's botched attempt to hide her meeting with some of Boston's top lobbyists at O'Neil Associates, today Senator Jeanne Shaheen is holding another closed door fundraiser in Massachusetts.  However Shaheen still refuses to hold a town hall meeting to discuss ObamaCare with her constituents in New Hampshire.

 

The breakfast fundraiser with liberal Senator Elizabeth Warren, first reported by the Boston Globe, was held at Foley & Lardner LLP this morning, a Boston law firm that lobbies for health care industry clients on their issues.

 

"Voters in New Hampshire could be forgiven for wondering if Senator Shaheen cares more about the interests of Boston lobbyists than her constituents," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "For the second time in two weeks, Senator Shaheen is holding a fundraiser behind closed doors with top industry lobbyists, but she still refuses to appear in New Hampshire to discuss ObamaCare's catastrophic consequences on the people she was elected to represent. Today, the New Hampshire Republican Party is challenging Senator Shaheen to appear publicly in the Granite State for an open and honest dialogue about the health care bill that she cast the deciding vote for."

 

Last week, Shaheen's fundraiser at O'Neil Associates came under heavy criticism in the media when the firm tweeted out, then deleted pictures of Shaheen at the swanky downtown Boston lobbying firm.

 

"The fact that Senator Shaheen is standing with Elizabeth Warren reminds her constituents that she is more in line with the far-left agenda of President Obama and his congressional enablers than she is with the people of New Hampshire," Horn concluded.
Wednesday
Jun252014

NH GOP - SHAHEEN LOBBYIST FUNDRAISER TWEETS VANISH AFTER CRITICISM 

Concord - A series of tweets from a Shaheen campaign fundraiser hosted by hosted by prominent mega-lobbyist Tom O'Neill disappeared yesterday after widespread criticism. Senator Shaheen attended the event at the Boston offices of lobbying firm O'Neil and Associates to discuss "the effects of the [Affordable Care Act] on [New Hampshire's] healthcare landscape" according to tweets from twitter handles controlled by the firm and Mr. O'Neill. Both tweets were later deleted. 

 

Shaheen has refused to hold open town halls in New Hampshire to discuss ObamaCare.

 

"Senator Shaheen is happy to talk about health care with fat cat Boston lobbyists who represent insurance companies, but she refuses to hold a town hall meeting with New Hampshire voters who are directly affected by her deciding vote for ObamaCare," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "This serves as another reminded that Senator Shaheen is working for the special interests that are bankrolling her campaign instead of working for her constituents. It's clear that she has gone to Washington and lost touch with New Hampshire's fiscally responsible values."

 

Tom O'Neill, a well-connected former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor and son for former US House Speaker Tip O'Neill, is a lobbyist for big insurance companies according to his biography posted on his firm's website.

 

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BACKGROUND

 

Shaheen Raised Money Yesterday At O'Neill And Associates: "New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen raised money at a Boston lobbying firm today.  The firm, O'Neill & Associates, tweeted from its official account that the Democrat visited 'to discuss effects of the #ACA on NH #healthcare landscape.' (James Hohmann, "Boston lobbying firm deletes tweets from Shaheen's visit," Politico, 6/23/2014)

 

The Tweets Were Later Deleted After The Event Was Criticized: "Not long after the New Hampshire GOP highlighted the senator's fundraiser, that tweet and a photo of Shaheen at the firm's office were deleted. A little later, another tweet of the firm's namesake, Thomas P. O'Neill, posting with the senator was also deleted."  (James Hohmann, "Boston lobbying firm deletes tweets from Shaheen's visit," Politico, 6/23/2014)

 

O'Neill Is a Lobbyist For The Insurance Industry: "O'Neill and Associates is known in the Bay State as a well-connected lobbying firm,saying on its web site, 'Our clients have full access to the resources of our senior professionals, whose careers in media, business and government present an unparalleled network of relationships upon which to draw.' O'Neill, according to his biography on the site, is, 'A longtime leader in Greater Boston's health care sector,' and 'has served in prominent roles on several health care governing boards including Tufts Health Plan, Mount Auburn Hospital and Caregroup... He currently acts as the the chair of the board for Tufts Health Plan Foundation.'" (John Distaso, "Shaheen visits top Beacon Hill insurance lobbyist as NHDP hits Brown on his Bay State ties," New Hampshire Journal, 6/23/2014)