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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

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
In the News Today

 


FEDERAL RULES - WAYNE CREWS

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

Globalwarming.org: 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

 

OBAMACARDS? - IAIN MURRAY

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. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

Of obsolete regulations and post-prohibition haggis

Lawson Bader & Phillip Bader

Saturday, 10am ET
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Guests: Ghassan Moukheiber on Lebanon and Alain Hakim on the Syrian refugee crisis.





 

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.

 SEIA Member Benefits
Watch SEIA Webinars Anytime

Webinars are one of SEIA's most highly-rated member benefits. Many webinars are exclusive to SEIA members only and can be watched anytime online through our webinar archives.

Browse our archive of webinars on topics ranging from net metering to tax policy to state-specific solar market overviews. 

Wednesday
Apr022014

ALG's Daily Grind - Can Obama give away the Internet without Congress? 

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April 1, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Can Obama give away the Internet without Congress?
Wall Street Journal's L. Gordon Crovitz: "The Property Clause of the Constitution says Congress must pass legislation to effect a transfer of government property. Arguably the president could no more transfer the valuable control over the naming and domains of the Internet than he could give Alaska back to Russia."

Cartoon: Sham Wow

Clouds on the solar horizon
Solar panel buyers beware.

Ace of Spades: Less than one-quarter of Obamacare enrollees were previously uninsured; Three quarters were people thrown off their existing insurance
Rand Corporation study: "[O]f the people who have paid their first month's premium on the Obamacare exchanges, and are thereby enrolled in coverage, 76 percent were previously insured, and 24 percent were previously uninsured."