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The Good News
Creative Solar Solution In Works
2013 October
Pg 3 - The Sunshine Express
Key Lawmakers Support Efforts to
End U.S.-China Solar Dispute
Sept 25, 2013, WASHINGTON, D.C.: An indus-
try proposal aimed at ending a long-running
solar trade dispute between the United States
and China continues to gain support among key
lawmakers at both the state and federal levels,
including the chairmen of the U.S. Senate Finance
and Budget committees.
For months, the Solar Energy Industries Associa-
tion (SEIA) has been working behind the scenes
in Washington and Beijing to resolve the cur-
rent conflict and head off an escalation of trade
sanctions. SEIA has warned U.S. negotiators that
any settlement similar to the recently-announced
EU-China agreement would represent a blow to
the U.S. solar industry because of an expected
increase in solar prices. SEIA also believes that
any resolution of the U.S.-China solar dispute
must recognize the interests of all stakeholders,
including American consumers, and not just one
segment of the industry.
Among those who have expressed support of this
approach include Washington Governor Jay In-
slee, as well as U.S. Senators Patty Murray (WA),
Maria Cantwell (WA), Max Baucus (MT) and John
Tester (MT).
¡°Support for our proposal is gaining momen-
tum,¡± said SEIA President and CEO Rhone
Resch. ¡°We deeply appreciate the efforts of
Governor Inslee and Senators Murray, Cantwell,
Baucus and Tester. They recognize, like we do,
that something has to be done to improve the
ability of U.S. manufacturers to compete fairly
on an even playing field, while also protecting
American consumers from unfair price increases.
Our proposal would benefit all affected parties.¡±
¡°I am pleased to see this industry group put
forward a creative solution aimed at ending
these disagreements,¡± said Governor Inslee. ¡°I
have spoken with numerous federal officials,
including the U.S. Trade Representative and the
White House, about the need to find a workable
solution to these ongoing disagreements that
will allow the Washington and American solar
industries to continue their impressive growth.
This proposal would help ensure that Chinese
and American industries play by the rules and
are not burdened by unwarranted restrictions.
The growing solar industry is an important and
innovative part of Washington¡¯s economy and
ongoing international trade disputes affecting the
industry could have significant negative impacts
on jobs and businesses in our state.¡±
Highlights of SEIA¡¯s proposed solution include:
Chinese companies would agree to create a fund
that would benefit U.S. solar manufacturers
directly and help to grow the U.S. market. Money
for the fund would come from a percentage of the
price premium Chinese companies are currently
paying to third-country cell producers to get
around U.S. trade sanctions, reducing costs and
supply chain distortion for Chinese companies.
important solar industry, so I¡¯m pleased that
American industry leaders have put forward a
commonsense proposal to resolve this problem,¡±
said Senator Murray. ¡°The ever-expanding solar
energy industry supports thousands of good-
paying jobs in Washington state, and continued
development of solar technology is vital for our
environment and the economy, so I¡¯ll continue
working with all the parties involved to find an
equitable solution for American businesses and
consumers.¡±
Senators Baucus and Tester weighed in with a
joint statement:
¡°We applaud the efforts of the Solar Energy
Industries Association to resolve the solar dispute
between the U.S. and China. Without a doubt,
this dispute has had a harmful effect on jobs in
the U.S. and undercut our competitiveness in
critical high-tech industries. The best outcome
for workers, manufacturers and consumers in
Montana and across the country is to negotiate
a settlement and bring the dispute to a close. We
are ready to work with all parties to resolve this
important matter.¡±
Senator Cantwell added: ¡°I am glad that we are
making progress on ending this impasse (and)
allow us to get back to the work of creating clean
energy jobs that get products to the marketplace
that are focused on reducing CO2 emissions.¡±
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries
Association is the national trade association of
the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advo-
cacy and education, SEIA is building a strong
solar industry to power America. As the voice
of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 mem-
ber companies to make solar a mainstream and
significant energy source by expanding markets,
removing market barriers strengthening the in-
dustry and educating the public on the benefits of
solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.
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The Chinese government
would also agree to end its
antidumping and counter-
vailing duty investigations
on U.S. polysilicon exports to
China, and remove the threat
of artificial cost increases in a
key raw material in the solar
value chain, benefiting not
just Chinese solar companies
but all users of solar energy.
In return, the U.S. antidump-
ing and countervailing duties
orders would be phased out.
The proposal also calls for
a safeguard mechanism de-
signed to offset any surge of
Chinese solar modules into
the U.S. market.
As an added step, SEIA
believes the U.S. government
should take all steps neces-
sary to ensure that federal
procurement opportunities
are provided to domestic so-
lar manufacturers in recogni-
tion of the importance of U.S.
solar manufacturing to the
nation¡¯s long-term energy
security.
¡°It¡¯s abundantly clear that
the solar trade dispute be-
tween the United States and
China is already costing jobs
and stifling the critically
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