Biden’s solar choice

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Monday, November 29, 2021

Biden will have to decide whether to extend tariffs on Chinese-imported solar panels — a move that backers say would help out struggling U.S. solar manufacturers but that opponents say would drive up the costs to reach the administration’s clean energy deployment goals. The International Trade Commission recommended extending the tariffs Wednesday, giving Biden and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai the chance to accept or reject them.

The tariffs were first imposed by the Trump administration to penalize unfairly priced imports from China. California-based solar manufacturer Auxin Solar and Georgia-based Suniva Inc. filed back in August to extend the tariffs for another four years. But Abigail Ross Hopper, CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, countered that an extension would slow the rollout of solar power in the U.S. and urged instead for passage of legislation in Democrats’ reconciliation package that would incentivize domestic solar production