On May 16, a bipartisan group of 19 governors sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Commerce Sec. Gina Raimondo urges the Biden administration to expedite its review of the anti-circumvention solar tariff case.

Signatories, ranging from the governors of Arkansas and Indiana to Massachusetts and Oregon, note the significant market disruption caused by the case and its detrimental impact on workers and businesses in their states. In total, governors represent 19 states, one US territory, and 43% of the total US population.

Governor Gavin Newsom also sent a separate letter dried up. Raimondo asking for a quick end to the investigation.

“Governors understand the importance of reliable, low-cost clean energy, and this bipartisan letter underscores how disruptive the Commerce Department’s tariff investigation is to state economies, power grids and the workforce. local work. States have been leading the way on clean energy for years, and while federal efforts to curb climate change have stalled, the Biden administration is now obstructing clean energy goals at the state level. said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of SEIA, in a statement. “As a direct result of this baseless tariff case, the United States is now on track to install more solar under President Trump than under President Biden. Every day this case drags on puts out of reach President Biden’s vision of a strong clean energy economy. We urge the Commerce Department to issue a preliminary negative ruling as soon as possible.”

The Department of Commerce recently singled out eight solar panel makers for further investigation as part of the AD/CVD circumvention investigation. The ministry is then expected to present the preliminary findings of its investigation on August 30, 2022, along with a preliminary duty rate for all importers of the affected products. A final decision would then be made on January 26, 2023.

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