For Immediate Release
US Solar Industry, Jobs Still at Risk Following International Trade Commission Decision
Statement by John Rogers, Senior Energy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists
WASHINGTON - The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today issued three recommendations for how President Trump can restrict the imports of photovoltaic cells and modules. These materials are integral for the booming domestic solar industry. Today’s recommendations follow a USITC finding last month that the U.S.-based petitioners, Suniva and SolarWorld Americas, were being harmed by imports of competitors’ solar products. The four commissioners (two together, the two others individually) proposed three different remedies, involving quotas and tariffs. The commission will forward its recommendations on November 13 to President Trump, who will have the final say on what actions to take, if any.
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