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U.S. Imposes Dumping Tariffs on Chinese, Vietnamese Wind Towers

U.S. Imposes Dumping Tariffs on Chinese, Vietnamese Wind Towers

The U.S. Commerce Department set tariffs as high as 73 percent on imports of wind towers from China and as much as 60 percent on similar goods from Vietnam, adding further restrictions on clean-energy imports from Asia.
Part 2: How Tariffs Could Impact Solar Industry

Part 2: How Tariffs Could Impact Solar Industry

SunEdison founder Jigar Shah and SolarWorld executive Ben Santarris are each looking in the rear-view mirror even as they attempt to navigate the road ahead. Behind them, they see those who laid the groundwork for the solar industry. They see the tremendous strides that have been made in the technology, the acceptance, and yes, in the cost.
Trade Wars Push China Solar Offshore

Trade Wars Push China Solar Offshore

As a settlement to avoid anti-dumping tariffs for Chinese solar panels exported to Europe showed signs of unraveling last week, a new report emerged that showed a more positive trend for a sector that has become the subject of nonstop trade wars over the last four years. That newer trend has seen a growing number of embattled Chinese solar panel […]
SolarWorld case gathers momentum with addition of EU collaborators

SolarWorld case gathers momentum with addition of EU collaborators

As was the case in the US, it has now been reported that SolarWorld has formed a conglomerate with several European manufacturing companies to support its complaint against Chinese pv inverter  competitors to the European Commission. The German solar panel producer needs to provide 25% of EU c-Si PV production companies in 2011 for the complaint to be heard by […]
Trends in the Energy Markets

Trends in the Energy Markets

MLMs have become one of the biggest trends in the energy world. It started with Stream and Ignite but did not really get rolling until Ambit Energy came along. Ambit’s growth made other MLMs look pale in comparison but has that growth stopped.   The growth rate curve for MLMs looks like a skateboard ramp at the beginning. It moves […]
Ontario’s Green Energy Act: Domestic Industry and International Trade Wars

Ontario’s Green Energy Act: Domestic Industry and International Trade Wars

When the Canadian province of Ontario introduced its Green Energy Act in 2009, its local content restrictions, which now dictate that new solar power plants have at least 60% of their equipment sourced in Ontario and new wind power plants require at least 50%, were seen as a way to build a new industry in the province which had been […]
Ontario Clean-Energy Subsidies Break Rules, WTO Panel Says

Ontario Clean-Energy Subsidies Break Rules, WTO Panel Says

Ontario's subsidies for clean-energy producers that use local technology were ruled in breach of World Trade Organization regulations, supporting complaints by the European Union and Japan against Canada.
Wind Farms and Health: It’s Not Black or White

Wind Farms and Health: It’s Not Black or White

Anyone following the controversies surrounding wind farm siting policy over the past five years has surely been startled at the rapid escalation of concerns being voiced by residents near wind farms. After years of building wind farms in ranching communities with few if any complaints, we began to hear clusters of noise complaints about a few wind farms, especially in Wisconsin, New York, Ontario, and Maine. These complaints focused on the surprising intrusiveness of wind farm noise, and sometimes sleep disruption; nearly all of those having problems lived within a half-mile or so of turbines, with occasional issues being reported out to a mile or so.
WTO Faults Ontario on Renewable Energy Complaint From EU and Japan

WTO Faults Ontario on Renewable Energy Complaint From EU and Japan

World Trade Organization judges largely backed complaints by the European Union and Japan against Canada over subsidies the province of Ontario gives to renewable-energy producers that use domestic technology, according to the Sierra Club and Public Citizen.
Asia Report: SolarWorld Plans to File European Complaint

Asia Report: SolarWorld Plans to File European Complaint

After months of speculation, it now appears that Germany's SolarWorld will file a trade complaint that targets Chinese companies selling their products in Europe.