Duke Energy has joined the lobbying effort against potential tariffs on imported chrystalline silicon photovoltaic solar modules, warning in a letter that higher prices could lead to a slowdown in the development of solar projects — just as the resource is approaching price parity with other forms of energy.
In May, the United States notified the World Trade Organization that it was considering imposing emergency tariffs on imported solar cells, following a request by manufacturers SolarWorld Americas and Suniva (which has filed for bankruptcy).
Duke's warning to the U.S. International Trade Commission joins more than two dozen other companies opposed to the possible tariff. A decision on whether to proceed investigating the proposed tariff and floor-price is expected next month.
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