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CEI Today: Republicans + online gambling, an auto loan mess, Solar Solution, and more 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
In the News Today



Townhall: Republicans Seek to “Restore” an Online Gambling Ban that Never Existed

Republicans generally oppose federal encroachment on policy matters traditionally left to the states. SO why is Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex) alone among his GOP House colleagues in opposing a federal online gambling ban that would preempt state laws, reward special interests, and curtail an otherwise lawful pastime enjoyed by many Americans? 
> Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton



Newsmax: Govt Meddling Creates Auto Loan Mess


Should we worry about a crisis in subprime auto loans? While there are important differences in the auto and mortgage markets, there are similar government interventions that have the potential to fuel a bubble in car loans the same way they did for home loans. > Read more

> Interview John Berlau


The Not-So-Free Market at Work

In the mail, I recently received a brochure from a firm called Solar Solution LLC, claiming to be the District of Columbia’s #1 solar installer. Included was the following table showing the initial estimated cost and then, in subsequent columns, the multiple layers of subsidies one might obtain. These include the 30 percent federal tax credit, the D.C. solar grant, and the Solar Renewable Energy Credit.
> Read more

> Interview Fred Smith

> See also: Are Fossil Fuels the Past, Renewables the Future?



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SEIA Webinars: CA ISO Energy Imbalance Market | What's New with Webinars 


Join Us in August!

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

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

Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Time: 4-5 p.m. EDT


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


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 IntegrationCalifornia Independent System Operator

Sara Birmingham, Director of Western PolicySEIA (Moderator)

SEIA Webinar Portal

What’s New with Webinars?

Beginning July 1, all non-members are charged a fee of $79 to view SEIA’s new and archived webinars. As one of SEIA’s key member benefits, all webinars are always FREE to SEIA members. Due to the change in registration all members are required to complete registration via the SEIA Webinar Portal. Members are no longer required to log into the SEIA website in order to access registration links. In order to access member only registrations please enter your email address in the top right corner of the Webinar Portal. If you are not able to access member registrations please contact or For immediate assistance call (202) 682-0556.

SEIA Webinar Portal FAQ’s

How do I log in so that I can see register for Members-Only webinars?

To see members-only content on this webpage, please enter your email address in the bar on the upper right portion of your screen.  Make sure you use the same email address that you use for SEIA newsletters or website log-ins.  If you’re having trouble signing in, feel free to contact SEIA’s membership department at . For immediate assistance call (202) 682-0556.

I’m new to SEIA, and my email login isn’t working.  Can you help?

We’re glad you’ve joined!  Our email database is updated on a weekly basis.  If you’d like access before that, simply contact Hannah Panek (202) 556-2907 and she’ll make sure you can log in.

Are previous webinars from SEIA on this site as well?

Our archives on this website go back to January 2011.  If you’d like to access a webinar that happened prior to 2011, contact

I have the recording of the webinar, but I'm looking for the slides.  Can you help?

A PDF version of all webinar slide decks is available after you successfully order the webinar archive.  A confirmation screen will pop up with log-in instructions and the portal distributes an additional confirmation via email. Click on the Info and Handouts icon to access slide deck. If you do not see the icon on the confirmation screen, click show log-in information button to find the Info and Handouts icon. If you're having trouble finding the slides for a particular webinar, contact

How can I participate in webinars as a sponsor?

SEIA hosts more than 40 webinars per year and average more than 120 listening sites per session in 2013.   SEIA Webinars are a great way for members to get up-to-date information on solar industry developments, learn more about tools and practices that could grow their business, and connect with industry experts and professionals. Webinars are one of SEIA’s key member benefits; sponsoring webinars provides you the SEIA member audience and a limited number of non-members. All webinars are recorded and archived so members will see your brand well after the live webinar. If you are seeking to sponsor a webinar, please review additional details on the SEIA website and contact

How can I participate in webinars as a speaker?

We love to have experts from SEIA member companies present as often as possible.  If you’re interested in working on a webinar, let us know!  We’ll need some basic information from you to get started, including a brief description of the topic you’re interested in, the target audience for the webinar, and any other speakers you might like to work with.  We encourage you to look for a few other speakers to share your time with, and we

What other benefits are available to SEIA members?

SEIA membership comes with a host of incredible benefits, designed to give you access to professionals and thought leaders, Expertise through education and resources, and Exposure through advertising and networking opportunities.  Learn more about these benefits and about membership by visiting today!

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SEIA Calendar of Events

August 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM EDT

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

September 9-10, 2014 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.


SEIA Condemns Decision to Impose New Tariffs on Solar Modules 

SEIA Condemns Decision to Impose New Tariffs on Solar Modules

July 25, 2014


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. 


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


CEI Today: 3348 rules, solar power hazards, Obamacards, and the high cost of Big Labor 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
In the News Today



Red Tapeworm 2014: Federal Regulatory Agenda Consistently Tops 3,000 Rules

In the recently released Spring 2014 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations, published twice a year by the Office of Management and Budget, federal departments and agencies reported 3,348 rules in the pipeline. The all time high count for rules in the Agenda was 5,119, twenty years ago in 1994. Bill Clinton was president. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews

SOLAR POWER HAZARD - MARLO LEWIS Solar Thermal: Hazard for Pilots?

the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, located about 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas in the Mojave Desert, kills butterflies, dragonflies, other insects, bats, and birds. A federal study confirms that glare from Ivanpah’s heliostat arrays may create safety hazards for commercial and private aviation in the area.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis



National Review: The Federal Reserve Overreaches

Will it try to compete against credit cards and other payment systems that it regulates?As I have suggested earlier, one of this administration’s stealth plans is to nationalize the financial industry. Providing an alternative to commercial payment systems is part and parcel of such a move. Maybe if the Fed has its way, you will soon be paying for groceries with your Obamacard.
 > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray


The High Cost of Big Labor - a three part series

An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws

The 24 states with right-to-work laws compare to the other states.The top 10 states most negatively affected by the lack of a right-to-work law are: Alaska, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Wisconsin, New York, and Michigan.

Understanding Public Pension Debt

State government pension debt burdens labor markets and worsens the business climate.


Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. >


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CEI President Lawson Bader


Of obsolete regulations and post-prohibition haggis

Lawson Bader & Phillip Bader

Saturday, 10am ET

Guests: Ghassan Moukheiber on Lebanon and Alain Hakim on the Syrian refugee crisis.



Upcoming SEIA Webinars: Doubling Down on Sustainability 


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


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


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.