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Solar Industry: Groups Rally Against Solar Trade Case With New Coalition

PMA and NTMA mentioned in Solar Industry article.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A coalition has formed in opposition of the Section 201 trade petition currently under review by the U.S. government. Filed by bankrupt PV manufacturer Suniva and later joined by SolarWorld Americas, the petition seeks to impose new global tariffs and minimum prices on solar cells and modules imported into the U.S. However, opposition has been mounting against the Section 201 case, which was considered “the elephant in the room” at the recent Intersolar North America trade show.

In an announcement, the newly launched Energy Trade Action Coalition (ETAC) claims it will “fight the misuse of trade remedies, with an initial focus on the Section 201 trade petition on imported solar components.” George Felcyn – director of the Policy Resolution Group at law firm Bracewell LLP, which is organizing and coordinating the effort – explains that founding members of ETAC include a number of solar and non-solar groups and companies.

“Coalition membership will consist of a variety of trade associations, such as the National Tooling and Machining Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Precision Metalforming Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA); a wide range of companies from Johnson Controls to EDF Renewables to Keystone Power Holdings; venture capital groups like the Rockwood Group and Seminole Financial Services; and supply chain companies like CIR Electrical, Home Brothers Construction and McCalmont Engineering,” says Felcyn. “A number of large retailers have also expressed interest in working with the coalition either individually or through their trade associations. The coalition will also work in partnership with groups like the R Street Institute, Heritage Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), among others.”

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