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Climate Week 2016: Apple, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, GRI, RE100

Climate Week 2016 opened yesterday with business and government leaders convening in New York City for dozens of events that focus on the transition to a low-carbon economy. This year’s Climate Week includes a sharp focus on countries ratifying the Paris climate agreement — and what this means for global … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Solar Duties, Sea Emissions, Social Cost of Carbon

Solar panel maker SolarWorld has filed a petition asking the Commerce Department to levy new duties on certain imports from China and Taiwan. The petition aims to close a loophole in a 2012 US trade decision, and could effectively keep Chinese manufacturers out of the American market, the New York … Read more »

US Upholds Tariffs on Chinese Solar Cells, Rejects Request to Broaden Scope

The US Commerce Department affirmed its earlier ruling that Chinese manufacturers, aided by unfair government subsidies, were dumping solar cells in the U.S. market at prices as much as 250 percent below fair value. The DOC adjusted tariffs to reflect its final determination, which elicited an immediate and negative reaction … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EU ETS, Solar Trade War, Talisman Reporting Fine

A European Commission analysis presented a draft proposal for the EU ETS to address the carbon allowance surplus – with options to withhold 400 million, 900 million or 1.2 billion allowances over the first three years of the market’s next phase beginning in 2013. The proposal will be debated by all … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Soot Rule, Chevron and Kaiser Fines, Chinese Solar Tariffs, Cape Wind

The White House quietly modified the EPA’s proposal to limit soot emissions, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. The EPA’s original proposal sought to change annual exposure limits for fine-particle soot from 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 12 micrograms per cubic meter, but before the … Read more »

US Imposes 31% Duty on Chinese Solar Panels

The US government has imposed tariffs of around 30 percent on solar panels imported from China, sparking charges of “trade protectionism” from Chinese government officials and increasing friction between the two countries. The US Commerce Department ruled yesterday in favor of American companies that charged Chinese exporters had illegally “dumped” … Read more »

First Solar and Suntech Lead 2011 Top 10 Solar Manufacturers

First Solar and Suntech Lead 2011 Top 10 Solar Manufacturers

First Solar, Suntech Power, Yingli Green Energy, Trina Solar, Canadian Solar, Sharp, Hanwha Solar One, Jinko Solar, LDK Solar and SolarWorld are the 2011 top 10 solar module manufacturers, according to the Solar Supply Tracker from Lux Research. The leaders’ modular production for the year totaled 12.5 GW, and commanded … Read more »

Renewables Briefing: World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm, 1.3 MW Solar Installation at Navy’s SPAWAR

The $1.5 billion, 367 MW Walney Farm, the world’s biggest offshore wind project, opened in the Irish Sea nine miles off the shore of the U.K. Denmark-based Dong Energy installed 51 3.6-megawatt turbines and linked them to the grid last year, and completed the second stage installation of 51 more … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: CASE Report, Solyndra Probe, Keystone XL, Halliburton

The Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE) has found that levying 100-percent import duties on Chinese-made solar cells and modules may cost more than 60,000 U.S. solar industry and other jobs. Petitioners SolarWorld Industries America have requested tariffs up to 250 percent on Chinese-manufactured products in response to allegations of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: RFS2 2012, Keystone XL, SolarWorld, Aviation Carbon Tax

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: RFS2 2012, Keystone XL, SolarWorld, Aviation Carbon Tax

The EPA finalized the Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2) 2012 percentage standards for four fuel categories as part of the annual renewable fuel volume targets intended to achieve an overall level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. The 2012 overall volumes and standards are: biomass-based diesel (1.0 billion gallons; 0.91 … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: COP 17 Durban, SolarWorld, Better Buildings Challenge, Boiler MACT

Durban: U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres remains hopeful that countries can get past the years of gridlock to reach fresh, binding commitments to GHG reductions, Reuters said. The remarks follow news that China could join legally binding emissions targets after 2020. A researcher from China’s Energy Research Institute in Beijing … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Rules, Soot Standard, Competing Studies

The EPA said that it will propose twice-delayed rules for greenhouse gas emissions from power plants early next year, Reuters reported. The agency delayed the release of the long-anticipated Clean Air Act rules in June and September amid an onslaught of criticism from Republicans in Congress. A coalition of health, … Read more »