Schatz pressures commerce secretary on solar investigation

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, called on U.S. commerce secretary Gina Raimondo Wednesday to be more engaged and open in helping to resolve a tariff investigation that threatens to derail the domestic solar energy industry.

What You Need To Know

    • The commerce department’s International Trade Administration is looking into whether Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam using parts manufactured in China to produce crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules constitutes a violation of antidumping and countervailing duty protections
    • The investigation was initiated by a complaint from Auxin Solar
    • Solar industry insiders fear exorbitant tariffs will be attached to solar-energy parts and equipment produced by the four countries, who collectively account for roughly 80% of all such production
  • Fallout from the investigation and its related supply chain issues is already mounting

In a tense exchange with Raimando during a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing, Schatz repeatedly emphasized the urgency of the situation and the need for Raimando to be more personally engaged.


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