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International Trade Actions Complicate Global Market For Renewable Energy Businesses, Particularly Solar Sector

Bloomberg BNA’s expert authors analyze the impact of government trade actions in the WTO, on behalf of domestic renewable energy industries, seeking to curtail import competition on the international alternative and renewable energy trade---particularly regarding solar energy.  The report further looks at how decreased prices for various alternative sources of energy, such as natural gas and coal, pose additional challenges for the renewable energy sector.

 

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By David J. Levine and Pamela D. Walther (February 26, 2013)

A number of recent trade actions involving renewable energy, particularly in the solar sector, are complicating the business landscape domestically and globally for a wide range of entities operating in these industries. In light of finite demand and increasing global production capacity of renewable energy resources, governments have brought trade actions on behalf of their domestic industries in the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. Domestic industries in the United States, China, the European Union, and India have brought trade remedy actions under their respective country's trade remedy laws seeking to curtail import competition. Decreased prices for various alternative sources of energy, such as natural gas and coal, pose additional challenges for the renewable energy sector that further complicate strategic decision making by renewable energy industry members, their existing and prospective customers, their investors, and even the governments that are administering the trade actions. All parties involved, from developers and producers of solar or wind projects to distributors and installers of energy systems, are well-advised to monitor and consider carefully the impact of these trade actions on their businesses.


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