Affordable Solar Energy Is Within Reach

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Affordable Solar Energy Is Within Reach (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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Please also refer to our post of July 4, 2014. I am thrilled to be able to share this announcement of CASE (Coalition For Affordable Solar Energy) with you, below:

July 9, 2014

CASE Statement on Plurilateral WTO Environmental Goods Negotiations

The World Trade Organization (WTO) announced yesterday that 14 members, including the United States and China, have entered into negotiations aiming to eliminate tariffs or customs duties on a wide range of environmental goods.  The negotiations will also seek to address bureaucratic and legal issues that could hinder trade. In response to this announcement, Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE) President Jigar Shah released the following statement:

The World Trade Organization’s announcement is a step in the right direction and we applaud the 14 governments’ efforts to reduce tariffs and lower the barriers for trade of environmental goods, including solar products.

“While we would welcome a broad trade agreement on environmental goods, it does not address the current countervailing duty and anti-dumping solar trade cases at the Department of Commerce. Policymakers must not lose sight of the immediate harm to the American solar industry caused by new preliminary countervailing duties, which are raising module prices by 14%, jeopardizing projects across the country and slowing job growth. For the more than 145,000 U.S. solar workers, it remains critical that the Obama Administration engage on this issue and convene negotiations toward a resolution acceptable to all sectors of the thriving U.S. solar industry.”

For more information about CASE or to join the majority of the U.S. industry in opposition to these tariffs, please visit us at www.affordablesolarusa.org.

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Contact:

Steven Kirsch
skirsch@podesta.com
202.879.9320

About the Coalition for Affordable Energy (CASE):

CASE is a 501(c)4 organization whose purpose is to educate the Administration, Congress, the American solar industry and the public about the impact of protectionism on the affordability of solar energy and the American workforce.  Its primary focus is to show decision, policy, and opinion-makers that the majority of pro-solar Americans opposes the SolarWorld petition, as it will result in the denial of affordable solar energy to a nation whose demand for clean and renewable energy is higher than ever before.

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