NextEra gets in touch with United States authorities to disclose members of group behind brand-new anti-dumping request

Aug 26, 2021 03:28 PM ET
  • NextEra Energy has asked the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) to either force a new alliance of solar firms to expose its members or to ditch its request for fresh tariffs on China-linked solar imports.
NextEra gets in touch with United States authorities to disclose members of group behind brand-new anti-dumping request
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The US utility yesterday (Tuesday) sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo testing requests submitted recently by the American Solar Manufacturers Against Chinese Circumvention (A-SMACC) partnership, which has requested an examination right into PV manufacturers that are implicated of circumventing antidumping and countervailing duties by utilizing entities based in Southeast Asia.

In addition to asking the DOC to either deny the petition outright or call for the group to refile with the names of its participants, NextEra has requested that the department established a target date for interested celebrations to send comments related to the initiation of A-SMACC's anti-circumvention requests, which it claimed would follow recent circumvention process.

Washington D.C.-based law firm Wiley submitted the petitions in support of A-SMACC, yet participants of the team have yet to be revealed.

In its filings recently, A-SMACC stated disclosure of its members could lead to revenge against them. Nonetheless, NextEra said it could locate no precedent for the DOC treating the names of specific requesting companies as proprietary in an anti-circumvention inquiry.

A-SMACC petitions get in touch with the DOC to investigate what the group insurance claims are "unfairly traded imports" of modules and cells from Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam "that are unjustifiably circumventing antidumping and countervailing duties".

A declaration from A-SMACC published by Wiley recently said: "For too long, apparent circumvention of antidumping and countervailing obligations on Chinese solar products has actually hobbled the United States industry, devitalized our supply chains, and put our clean energy future in jeopardy."

Reports surfaced recently that the US has actually started apprehending solar module deliveries suspected of breaching the nation's withhold and launch order (WRO), which intends to remove products that are apparently used forced work from international supply chains.

The WRO successfully obstructs the import of silicon steel from Hoshine Silicon Industry and its subsidiaries, along with solar products believed of consisting of silicon items made by Hoshine.

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