US Sets Tariffs on Chinese Wind Towers

July 27, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Commerce Department hit Chinese makers of wind-turbine towers with a fresh set of tariffs Friday, marking another stage in the trade battle that has pitted U.S. and European clean-energy companies against low-cost Chinese competitors.

The burst of clean-energy trade disputes is a consequence of the explosive growth of renewable-energy sectors such as wind and solar power in the U.S. and Europe, fueled largely by sharply falling prices for key components. U.S. and European manufacturers accuse low-cost Chinese companies, which in the space of a few years have emerged as major suppliers, of anticompetitive behavior. Beijing …

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