NewEnergyNews: On The Road Reading - More Trade War: Commerce Puts Deposit Requirement on China Wind Tower Imports; An initial decision protects U.S. turbine tower makers from China subsidies.

NewEnergyNews

Gleanings from the web and the world, condensed for convenience, illustrated for enlightenment, arranged for impact...

While the OFFICE of President remains in highest regard at NewEnergyNews, this administration's position on climate change makes it impossible to regard THIS president with respect. Below is the NewEnergyNews theme song until 2020.

The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.

YESTERDAY

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Value Of Transportation Elecrification
  • QUICK NEWS, December 12: The “Fight-Climate-Change” Diet; Market For Advanced EV Batteries To Quadruple By 2026; The Low Lifecycle Costs In New Energy
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • TODAY’S STUDY: How The New Energy Marketplace Is Growing And Shifting
  • QUICK NEWS, December 11: N.C. Millennial Women Unite For Climate Fight; The White House Threat To New Energy; What’s Bad News In The Tax Bill For New Energy
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • Weekend Video: Tesla Adds World’s Biggest Battery To Aussie Wind
  • Weekend Video: Solar And The Next Utilities
  • Weekend Video: Wind Builders On Wind
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-The Climate Change Gourmet
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-UK Study Says Yes To Solar-Powered Electric Trains
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-First Aussie Ocean Wind Project Gets $8BIL Funding
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-EU Solar Goes Digital To Open New Services
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, December 7:

  • TTTA Thursday-City Mayors Unite To Fight Climate Change
  • TTTA Thursday-New Energy And Big Oil Unite Against Subsidies For Coal And Nuclear
  • TTTA Thursday-California Would Sell Only EVs After 2040
  • TTTA Thursday-Utilities In A Time Of Solar
  • --------------------------

    --------------------------

    Founding Editor Herman K. Trabish

    --------------------------

    --------------------------

    Some details about NewEnergyNews and the man behind the curtain: Herman K. Trabish, Agua Dulce, CA., Doctor with my hands, Writer with my head, Student of New Energy and Human Experience with my heart

    email: herman@NewEnergyNews.net

    -------------------

    -------------------

      A tip of the NewEnergyNews cap to Phillip Garcia for crucial assistance in the design implementation of this site. Thanks, Phillip.

    -------------------

    Pay a visit to the HARRY BOYKOFF page at Basketball Reference, sponsored by NewEnergyNews and Oil In Their Blood.

  • ---------------
  • TODAY AT NewEnergyNews, December 13:

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: How California Is Easing Off NatGas With New Energy
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Illinois cloud computing debate could open utility rate reform

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

    On The Road Reading - More Trade War: Commerce Puts Deposit Requirement on China Wind Tower Imports; An initial decision protects U.S. turbine tower makers from China subsidies.

    On The Road Reading - More Trade War: Commerce Puts Deposit Requirement on China Wind Tower Imports; An initial decision protects U.S. turbine tower makers from China subsidies.

    Herman K. Trabish, June 4, 2012 (Greentech Media)

    In a one-two punch that history may someday see as the first U.S. blows in a trade war with China, the Department of Commerce followed a final determination levying tariffs on Chinese solar panels last week with a similar preliminary determination in its May 30 response to claims brought against Chinese wind turbine tower manufacturers.

    The U.S.-based Wind Tower Trade Coalition (WTTC) petitioned the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the International Trade Commission (ITC) at the end of 2011 to investigate countervailing duties allegations against Chinese tower makers and to investigate anti-dumping allegations against Chinese and Vietnamese tower makers.

    “The Chinese government has targeted the clean energy industries -- a variety of clean energy industries -- with massive subsidies that have distorted the marketplace,” attorney Alan H. Price of WTTC counsel Wiley Rein LLP told GTM when the petitions against imported wind turbine towers were filed. Wiley Rein represented the coalition of solar panel manufacturers in the successful petition of the DOC that resulted in a 31 percent tariff being placed on imported Chinese solar panels.

    The preliminary finding in favor of the WTTC “is undeniably a positive event,” said attorney and Wiley Rein Partner Dan Pickard. “This determination by the Department of Commerce is now going to trigger a deposit requirement for anybody importing wind towers from China.”

    The deposits will, according to a DOC fact sheet, range from 13.74 percent to 26 percent, depending on the Chinese producer/exporter. The deposits must be paid in cash to U.S. Customs.

    The DOC’s initial conclusion focuses narrowly on the allegation that China is benefiting from countervailing duties. But it bodes well for what DOC is likely to determine about the other allegations. “We are going to go on to a preliminary anti-dumping determination and there will be final anti-dumping and countervailing duty determinations,” Pickard said, “and that will all be concluded by a final determination by the International Trade Commission.”

    The DOC is petitioned when trade practices, though not necessarily criminal, may violate international treaties or domestic laws written to protect domestic businesses and workers. The DOC decisions hinge, Pickard said, on “whether the unfairly priced imports injure the domestic industry.”

    Countervailing duty cases, Pickard explained, “are meant to remedy the amount of improper subsidies that companies receive from their home governments. Anti-dumping investigations are meant to remedy products that are sold in the U.S. at below fair value.”

    Below fair value, he added, “is generally defined to be prices below prices in the home market or below the cost of production. This case has both a countervailing duty allegation against China and anti-dumping allegations against China and Vietnam.”

    Members of the Wind Tower Trade Coalition, which are widely estimated to constitute upwards of 90 percent of the U.S. tower manufacturing business, are Wisconsin-based Broadwind Towers, Inc., North Dakota-based DMI Industries, Nebraska-based Katana Summit LLC, and Texas-based Trinity Structural Towers, Inc. They referred inquiries about the DOC decision to Wiley Rein.

    As a result of the DOC determination, China’s CS Wind will have the 13.74 percent deposit requirement. Titan Wind and the other Titan Companies face the 26.00 percent requirement. All other Chinese producers/exporters will be required to post a 19.87 percent deposit.

    The WWTC petition applied only to utility-scale (greater than 100 kilowatts) towers on which a wind turbine’s nacelle and blade/rotor assembly are placed. Both the nacelle and the blade/rotor assembly, even if imported attached to a tower, are specifically excluded from the DOC determination.

    The final DOC determination will come in August. The ITC is expected to make its final determinations on the anti-dumping allegations against China and Vietnam in September. If both line up with this preliminary finding, DOC may issue a final ruling, with tariffs, as early as October. Rulings, according to Pickard, stand for five years and can be renewed at five year intervals.

    Vestas, the biggest turbine manufacturer in the world, has a tower manufacturing facility in Pueblo, Colorado, but was noticeably absent from the coalition petitioning the DOC. Industry insiders have speculated that Vestas sat out the fight because of its large stake and even larger ambitions in the Chinese domestic market.

    An argument against such cases is that they unnecessarily inflame international players, only to result in circumvention of the imposed tariffs. Circumvention, Pickard explained, is “the criminal attempt to work around anti-dumping orders or countervailing duty orders.” But, he said, it is different “if it is a small commodity someone is attempting to trans-ship through a third country and fraudulently change the country of origin. It’s probably going to be more difficult with a 150-ton steel tower.”

    Satisfaction in the wind industry at the DOC’s decision was compromised by continued refusal by Congress to extend the wind industry’s vital 2.2 cent per kilowatt-hour production tax credit (PTC).

    “People aren’t going to build towers in the U.S., because without the PTC, nobody is going to put the farm up,” an independent tower maker not involved in the WTTC action confided to GTM. Orders, he said, have stopped coming into his shop. “It’s really great that they’ve put the tariff on to keep the Chinese and Vietnamese out of here, but unfortunately there probably isn’t going to be much of a wind business in the United States until the PTC passes.”

    0 Comments:

    Post a Comment

    << Home