19 bipartisan governors ask Commerce to speed solar panel investigation

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 speed up the review of the case against solar tariff evasion.

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

gov. Gavin Newsom too sent a separate letter to sec. Raimondo demands a quick end to the investigation.

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

The Department of Commerce recently singled out eight solar manufacturers for further investigation in the AD/CVD evasion investigation. The department would then have to present the preliminary findings of its investigation on 30 August 2022, together with a provisional duty for all importers of the products concerned. A final decision would then be taken on January 26, 2023.

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