R.E.SOURCE - Spring 2012
Letter from the Editor
by Franc Del Fosse
We are pleased to present this First Quarter edition of R.E.SOURCE, our firm’s Renewable Energy Industry Group publication. This publication contains an update on the Chinese solar trade case and an article regarding the DOE’s and BLM’s Solar Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. This publication also contains a new Q&A segment wherein I solicit thoughts from various parties playing a role in the energy sector in the Southwest. My Q&As in this publication feature interviews with Leisa Brug, the energy policy advisor for the Arizona Governor’s office, and Craig Robb, managing director of Zion’s Energy Link Division....
China Solar Trade Dispute: Commerce Preliminarily Finds Subsidization of Solar Cells (Whether or Not Assembled Into Modules) from People’s Republic of China
by Richard Katz
On October 19, 2011 a group of U.S. domestic producers, led by Solar World Industries America of Hillsboro, Oregon, filed a petition for the institution of antidumping and countervailing duty investigations against “Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells and Modules from China.” In response to this petition, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) initiated preliminary phase antidumping and countervailing duty investigations 76 Federal Register 66748, dated October 27, 2011. The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA) also initiated preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of this product from China, 76 Federal Register 70960, 70966, dated November 16, 2011....
The Solar Programmatic EIS May Open Opportunities for Large-Scale Solar Electric Development on Federal Land
by Marc Erpenbeck and Ben Mitsuda
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are currently working on a Solar Energy Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) that could facilitate the development of utility-scale solar energy plants in six western states. The PEIS would apply to certain federally owned lands in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah....