President Trump requires safety steps against Chinese solar power that may hurt US

A worker inspects solar panels at a solar Dunhuang, 950km (590 miles) northwest of Lanzhou, Gansu Province September 16, 2013. China is pumping investment into wind power, which is more cost-competitive than solar energy and partly able to compete with coal and gas. China is the world's biggest producer of CO2 emissions, but is also the world's leading generator of renewable electricity. Environmental issues will be under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which will meet in Stockholm from September 23-26. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: ENERGY BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT) - RTX13UEF

The U.S. International Trade Commission a confederate body govern that U.S. solar manufacturers are being hurt by solar product imports. This provides the Trump administration a chance to expand duties on imported solar equipment which would upraise the costs of solar energy for companies and households in US.

The resolution to provide relief to domiciliary producers will obstruct climate alleviation. It disregards the fact that many U.S. firms satisfy from cooperating in global supply chains that administer the production of solar panels. The US government is building trade policy on the basis of outworn supposition about how products are manufactured.

The commitment emerges at a time when US is taking strident steps in solar energy. The Energy Department lately declared that the nation achieves its 2020 target for the price opposition of a large scale solar power three years before schedule. The price of convenience-scale solar in the United States has plummeted to 6 cents per kilowatt hour and the price of household solar power is also falling swiftly. Therefore solar energy is perceived as a competitive with more established fossil-fuel based origin of power like coal and natural gas.

The Energy Department’s Sun Shot Initiative is a thriving example of green industrial policy that played a vital role in this. The latest data showcases solar photovoltaic bestowed close to half of the renewable energy magnitude positioned globally in 2016. In the US installations almost doubled in 2016 from the last year and more than $30 billion in capital was invested.

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