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2016 Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index Ranks Europe Foremost

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Though China and the United States lead the world when it comes to gross domestic output (GDP), the sustainable competitiveness model  uses another standard. SolAbility defines this on its’ website, “Sustainable competitiveness is the ability of a country to meet the needs and basic requirements of current generations while sustaining or growing the national and individual wealth into the future without depleting its natural, intellectual and social capital.”  The focus is not corporate wealth or political clout, but “dignifying standard of life for all citizens.” Thus the 2016 Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index ranks Europe Foremost.

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The Developing World Leapfrogging Western Technology

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMMuch of the planet does not possess the extensive financial, power, communications and automotive infrastructures that are commonplace in the West. This was a serious handicap throughout the 20th century. But as the planet transitions into new technologies,  there are reports of the developing world leapfrogging western technology to lead the way into a more sustainable future.

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IRENA Reports 5% Growth in Renewable Jobs

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1At a time when the Global economy is struggling with weak trade, investment and wage growth, especially in the energy sector, the International Energy Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) 2016 jobs Review points to an exception. The number of people working in renewables, World-wide,  grew from 7.5 million in 2014 to 8.1 million in 2015. IRENA reports 5% growth in renewable jobs.

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Filming The World’s “First” Eco-Friendly Skyscraper

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIf we can believe the developers, Joe Nafis’ stunning documentary the Shanghai Tower is much more than a record of how the plantet’s second-highest skyscraper was built. Nafis spent four years filming the World’s “first” eco-friendly skyscraper.

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The Anti-Chinese Dumping Duties Stand

SolarWorld’s Three Conditions for Negotiation

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Anti-Chinese Dumping Duties stand. The US International Trade Commission upheld the US Department of Commerce’s Decision, from December 16, by 5-0 vote for China, and  4-1 with regard to Taiwan.  Anti-dumping duty rates of 52.13% and anti-subsidy rates of 38.72% will be imposed on most solar panels imported from China. Anti-dumping rates of 19.50% will be imposed on most solar cells from Taiwan, regardless of where the panels are assembled into panels.

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The Other Face of Chinese Development

The ECOreport publishes Part 2 of The 5 Most Attractive Nations for Renewable Investments: The Other Face of Chinese Development

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There is no modern parallel for the pace of Chinese development. Economically speaking, China was a third world nation only decades ago. Now it has surpassed the US and enters 2015 as the World’s leading economy and biggest polluter. The other face of Chinese development is that it also leads the World in the development of renewable energy.

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The DOC’s Anti-dumping Duties Hurt The US Solar Industry

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In response to a complaint by SolarWorld, on December 17 the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced new anti-dumping and countervailing duties against “Chinese” solar companies and their third country suppliers. This is not as simple as one might expect. It is not certain if Chinese manufacturers will suffer. Jigar Shah, President of the Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE) and founder of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE), says the DOC’s anti-dumping duties hurt the US solar industry.

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Free Markets Have To Be Achieved In A Fair Way

REC Group’s Arndt Lutz talks about US Tariffs

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Reactions to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision are mixed. Specific amounts vary, but many Chinese solar companies will be paying a 42.33% tariff on their exports to the US. The amounts for Taiwanese manufacturers are also hefty. SolarWorld and its allies applaud these measures as a means to reignite American manufacturing. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) described this as “ill-advised and unprecedented” and believes it “will harm many and benefit few.” Arndt Lutz, Senior VP of REC Group and head of the company’s North American business, said that as a European company, REC believes in free trade , but free markets must be achieved in a fair way.

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What’s Behind PetersenDean’s Allegations?

Are they legitimate Concerns? Frustration? or “a PR Puffball”?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1PetersenDean claims 7 of the  11 Board members displayed on Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) homepage are from “Chinese-based manufacturing and affiliated companies” and SEIA represents Chinese rather than American interests. They are calling upon the Board to resign and are “asking for an ethics investigation under the SEIA by-laws, including Article 10.” To which SEIA responded that PetersenDean is not one of their members and their allegations are “a PR puffball.” What’s Behind PetersenDean’s Allegations?

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Canada Investigating Alleged Chinese Solar Dumping

Originally Published by Clean Technica 

Another nation launches an anti-dumping investigation into Chinese solar….

By Roy L Hales

Canada is investigating alleged Chinese solar dumping. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is responding to a complaint from four Canadian manufacturers.

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