Renewable Energy Update – September 2017 #3

California Power Grid Strained By Heat Wave

The U.S. solar industry was roiled by a unanimous ruling in an international trade case that industry leaders say could cause immense damage if it leads to steep new tariffs.

Renewable Energy Update – May 2017 #2

EPA Proposes New Limits On Emissions From Coal-Fired Plants

U.S. utility-scale solar installations, including both photovoltaic and thermal technologies, grew at an average rate of 72% per year between 2010 and 2016.

Renewable Energy Update – April 2016 #3

Cleveland's COOPs

In a 10-2 vote this Wednesday, the California Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee passed A.B. 2460, a bill that would expand consumer incentives for rooftop solar thermal technologies.

Chinese Solar Manufacturer Supplies a Growing Domestic Market

The second big round of SolarWorld’s controversial trade cases ended in the usual fashion on Wednesday, with the U.S. International Trade Commission handing the Oregon-based unit of the German company a final victory that expands duties on Chinese solar manufacturers and penalizes Taiwanese companies that underpriced their solar products in the United States. The ITC… Keep reading →

Aleo Produces Solar Panels

SolarWorld has withstood the slings and arrows of a big portion of the U.S. solar industry, but the panel maker’s successful pursuit of a “level playing field”– or is it wanton protectionism? – appears to be paying off. On Thursday, the company called in the media to announce it would add a production line at… Keep reading →


How SolarWorld spent its summer vacation  Here’s a roundup of SolarWorld’s tumultuous summer. Winning trade battles In June, the Department of Commerce found in favor of petitioner SolarWorld in that company’s trade case against Chinese solar module makers. The preliminary decision imposed significant tariffs on Chinese solar modules in the anti-dumping portion of this case.… Keep reading →

If US solar manufacturers were looking to recently upheld trade tariffs to provide relief from the onslaught of low-priced Chinese panels that has decimated the US industry, they may be disappointed, industry participants said.

Duties of 24 to 36 percent on most solar panels imported from China, as confirmed by the US International Trade Commission in early November, are not expected to drive up prices or make US manufacturers more competitive because of a loophole in the regulation that allows low-cost Chinese producers to avoid the tariffs if they make the solar assemblies outside China. Keep reading →

Amid rising gasoline prices at filling stations across the US, energy prices are still too cheap to force dramatic changes in consumption, Shell’s chief executive said recently.

Peter Voser told Silicon Valley investors at a dinner held by the Churchill Club: “For certain things energy prices need to go up otherwise the behavior will not change. Keep reading →

Solar trade tariffs released today in a preliminary ruling from the US government were much lower than expected and would disappoint petitioners trying to block cheap Chinese photovoltaic imports, said industry advocates.

The Department of Commerce announced its preliminary determination in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells from China, which was initiated last year at the request of SolarWorld Industries America, the largest PV manufacturer in the US. Keep reading →

As technology improves the world grows smaller and as it does energy markets have become more intertwined than ever before.

Its no longer unusual for an American company to invest in Turkey or for a European company to manufacture in Asia. But even as globalization has opened opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs, it has added–at times this year–crippling pressures on sectors of the energy industry. Keep reading →

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