Sep 22, 2017

ITC rules solar manufacturers injured by imports

Solar panels that are part of the Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association's community gardens. Photo: Jim Mone / AP

The International Trade Commission ruled unanimously today that solar manufacturers were being injured by cheap foreign imports, moving the issue to President Trump to determine tariffs.

While the White House did not indicate what specific steps it might take, it said: "The U.S. solar manufacturing sector contributes to our energy security and economic prosperity. ... Today the International Trade Commission determined that the U.S. solar industry has been injured by imports....The President will examine the facts and make a determination that reflects the best interests of the United States."

  • Suniva, the bankrupt solar panel manufacturer that brought the case to the ITC, said in a statement: "Suniva is gratified that the ITC has found that a surge of imports into the U.S. has decimated the America CSPV cell and module manufacturing industry...President Trump can remedy this injury with relief that ensures U.S. energy dominance."
  • ClearView Energy Partners said: "We continue to believe that President Trump supports remedies that could increase costs for solar providers over the next four years."
  • The Solar Energy Industries Association said in a statement: "The ITC's decision is disappointing...While we continue to believe that this is the wrong decision...we respect the commission's vote and we will continue to lead the effort to protect the solar industry from damaging trade relief."

Go deeper: Axios' Ben Geman quoted Moody's Investing Service this morning: "The imposition of tariffs would...likely affect the pace of decarbonization in the U.S. by delaying investments in solar generation and, in turn, extending the life of some coal plants."

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New York reported 630 new deaths in 24 hours, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday — an "all-time increase" that beat the previous day's record of 562 deaths in a single day.

The big picture: As expected, COVID-19 death tolls are rising in the U.S., killing more than 7,100 people in total, and over 1,000 in 24 hours alone. The CDC is recommending Americans wear face coverings in public to help stop the spread, marking a significant change in messaging from the Trump administration.

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World coronavirus updates: Spain tracks more cases than Italy

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Spain overtook Italy in its number of coronavirus cases on Saturday, as the global death toll surpassed 60,000, per Johns Hopkins data.

The latest: About half the planet's population is on lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis. Fatalities are exponentially increasing across Europe, with roughly half of deaths worldwide located in Italy and Spain.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 1,140,327 — Total deaths: 60,887 — Total recoveries: 233,930Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 278,568 — Total deaths: 7,163 — Total recoveries: 9,920Map.
  3. Public health latest: The CDC is recommending Americans wear face coverings in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The federal government will cover the costs of COVID-19 treatment for the uninsured.
  4. 2020 latest: "I think a lot of people cheat with mail-in voting," President Trump said of the 2020 election, as more states hold primaries by mail. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday that every county in the state has opted to expand mail-in voting for the state's June 2 primary.
  5. Business updates: America's small business bailout is off to a bad start. The DOT is urging airlines to refund passengers due to canceled or rescheduled flights, but won't take action against airlines that provide vouchers or credits.
  6. Oil latest: A pivotal Monday meeting among oil-producing countries to discuss supply curbs is reportedly being delayed amid tensions between Saudi Arabia and Russia.
  7. Military updates: Senators call for independent investigation into the firing of Navy captain of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt. The U.S. military is struggling to find new recruits as enlistment stations are shut down.
  8. 1 🏀 thing: The WNBA is postponing the start of its training camps and season.
  9. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  10. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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