ACORE Calls on Commerce to End Circumvention Inquiry Based on Misinterpreted Research

May 18, 2022

ACORE Calls on Commerce to End Circumvention Inquiry Based on Misinterpreted Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In light of recent revelations that prove the Auxin Solar petition that began the Commerce Department’s tariff inquiry was predicated on a misinterpretation of data from BloombergNEF, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is calling on Commerce officials to put an immediate end to its tariff investigation, which is devastating the U.S. solar industry. ACORE’s President and CEO Gregory Wetstone released the following statement:

“There is now direct evidence from BloombergNEF researchers that the data Commerce officials used to bring America’s booming solar industry to its knees was misinterpreted, and should have never been relied upon as a basis for Commerce’s action. This development follows months of needless disruption to the U.S. solar market, including significant project delays, cancellations and layoffs that have undoubtedly set us back in achieving our clean energy and climate goals. American workers, electricity consumers, and anyone concerned about combatting climate change have all paid a price.

“Given this important new information, we call on Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to put an immediate end to this inquiry and the possibility of retroactive solar tariffs. As more than 80 members of the U.S. House of Representatives noted in a letter today to President Biden, our future and that of our children depends on this unfortunate chapter coming to a swift conclusion.”

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About ACORE:
For more than 20 years, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) has been the nation’s premier pan-renewable nonprofit organization. ACORE unites finance, policy and technology to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy. For more information, please visit www.acore.org.

Media Contact:

Alex Hobson
Vice President of Communications
American Council on Renewable Energy
hobson@acore.org | 202.777.7584 (o) | 202.594.0706 (c)

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