"Federal Trade Panel Calls For Restrictions On Imported Solar Cells"

"In a closely watched trade case, the four commissioners of the U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday voiced their support for tariffs and other import restrictions to protect domestic solar companies from an influx of cheap solar panels being produced overseas.

However, the proposed remedies were not consistent among the commissioners and did not go as far as the two companies that brought the action before the board had requested — leaving few parties happy with the outcome along with lingering uncertainty over the ultimate endpoint of the process, which will be determined by President Trump.

“The remedy recommended by the ITC is disappointing because it will not heal the damage suffered by this American high-tech manufacturing sector from what has been a tidal wave of imports,” said a statement from Suniva, the now-bankrupt Georgia-based panel manufacturer that brought the original trade case with SolarWorld Americas, based in Oregon."

Chris Mooney reports for the Washington Post October 31, 2017.

Source: Washington Post, 11/02/2017