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In April 2024, the American Alliance for Solar Manufacturing Trade Committee (the Petitioner), a coalition representing leading U.S. solar manufacturers (Convalt Energy, First Solar, Meyer Burger, Mission Solar, Qcells, REC Silicon and Swift Solar), petitioned the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to further combat the practice of “dumping”

On Sept. 29, 2023, the Supreme Court of Texas announced it would review a lower court’s reversal of two winter storm Uri orders by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT), which date back to 2021. On Jan. 30, 2024, the Texas Supreme Court held oral arguments to determine if the PUCT had authority to

In February 2021, Winter Storm Uri hit Texas, resulting in severe electricity blackouts throughout the state. Commercial and industrial as well as residential retail customers across Texas sued hundreds of entities involved in the Texas electricity market for damages sustained due to the resulting electrical outages, including wholesale power generators. On Dec. 14, 2023, the

On Sept. 29, the Supreme Court of Texas announced it will review a lower court’s reversal of two winter storm Uri orders in 2021 by the Public Utility Commission of Texas that raised power prices in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, impacting countless companies and consumers. Read on to learn more about the latest

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) created many new and revised tax incentives to develop clean energy projects. Among many of these incentives, Congress included a requirement that taxpayers meet prevailing wage and apprenticeship (PWA) standards in the construction of a project to foster growth in good-paying jobs in the energy section. Taxpayers that do not meet these standards will be entitled to a tax benefit, but generally this results in an 80% haircut to the tax credit or deduction.Continue Reading IRS Issues Prevailing Wage and Apprenticeship Guidance — Starts 60-Day Clock

On Sept. 16, 2022, the Department of Commerce (DOC) issued its final rule effectuating a two-year moratorium on tariffs on certain solar cells and modules exported from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

As discussed in McGuireWoods’ June 7, 2022, alert, “President Biden Orders Tariff Exemption for Solar Panels,” President Biden’s Proclamation 10414 issued on June 6, 2022, declared an emergency and authorized the Secretary of Commerce to allow the importation of solar cells and modules exported from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam for up to two years.
Continue Reading Department of Commerce Issues Final Rule Imposing Tariff Moratorium for Solar Panels

On Aug. 16, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), which includes new and revised tax incentives for clean energy projects. The IRA extends and significantly modifies the federal tax credits available for wind energy projects. This alert provides a summary for the wind industry. Additional alerts will provide summaries of the IRA focused on other clean energy technologies.
Continue Reading Inflation Reduction Act Extends and Modifies Tax Credits for Wind Projects

On July 27, 2022, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) introduced the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which proposes new and revised tax incentives for clean energy. The bill incorporates many, but not all, of the original proposals from last year’s Build Back Better Act. 
Continue Reading U.S. Senate Introduces the Inflation Reduction Act

Yesterday, June 6, 2022, President Biden ordered various emergency measures to combat a shortage of solar modules and related components in the United States, including declaring a tariff exemption of up to two years on certain solar cells and modules exported from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Continue Reading President Biden Orders Tariff Exemption for Solar Panels

On March 28, 2022, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced it is investigating whether imports of solar panels assembled in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam are circumventing duties intended to limit imports of solar cells and panels from China, in violation of anti-dumping rules. The announcement of an investigation is already impacting current and future solar developments using crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells (CSPV).
Continue Reading U.S. Department of Commerce Investigation of Solar Panel Imports Puts Solar Projects at Risk