All posts by Mary Shields

Solar Tariffs

The Trump administration announced its decision on the 201/case by imposing solar tariffs.

The decision calls for:
  • Tariff of 30% in first year with 5% decline each subsequent year
  • The first 2.5 gigawatts of imported solar cells will be exempt from the safeguard tariff each year
  • Following the statutory rule, tariffs should go into effect Feb 6th, 2018
  • USTR does not note in the release if there will be any country-specific exemptions for the tariffs, but given that the statute is silent on this, it’s possible that they could provide further detail by Friday
This unfortunate outcome puts almost 1,000 solar jobs at risk in Missouri.
The Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association sees this as a setback and makes our current negotiations with stakeholders in the Capitol increasingly critical. We are looking to legislators, along with environmental and renewable advocates, to help us develop market mechanisms and incentives that not only save these Missouri jobs but act as catalysts for growth. We are optimistic with the progress in these discussions thus far and the benefits that grid modernization will have on distributed generation and grid resiliency.

UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS

Union of Concerned Scientists Science Champions
Friend —

I’d like to share with you the 3 most important fights we are focused on in Congress right now – funding the Environmental Protection Agency, defending the climate action in the Clean Power Plan, and enacting responsible food and farming policies through the Farm Bill. I’ll also share how you can help. As a Missouri Science Champion you’ll have help from me, starting now, with the latest attacks on science and CONCRETE STEPS you can take to make a difference. UCS Science Champions will do things like write to and call Senator McCaskill, show up at Town Halls to ask her to defend science, and this summer, some of you may even join me in Washington DC to speak with the Senator about the issues that matter to you.

Upcoming Events and ACTIONS

TUESDAY! State of the Union Viewing & Advocacy Party in Columbia

Missouri scientists, experts, and science Champions, like you, are gathering to view the State of the Union address, and to take action to let Missouri’s decisionmakers know that science-based protections are supported by their constituents. This will be a fun, social event with free food! And you’ll have an opportunity to meaningfully respond to the president’s anti-science agenda.

We know that the president will continue to boast and promote deregulation of federal health, safety, and environmental protections, and that this will directly impact the lives and land of Missourians. Join us to promote science and public safeguards!

State of the Union Viewing & Advocacy Party in Columbia

Date: Tuesday, January 30

Time: 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Location: The Heidelberg, 410 S 9th St., Columbia, MO 65201

The following day, a few folks will meet up to hand deliver the letters they wrote together at Senator McCaskill’s local office. That’s January 31st during the day – let me know if you’d like to join! Please email me at Lorna.ucs@gmail.com to get involved in this.

Beer with a Woman Scientist in St Louis

If you happen to be in St Louis Wednesday, January 31 at 6 PM – 9 PM at 4 Hands Brewing Company 1220 S 8th St, St. Louis 63104 you should join us!

500 Women Scientists – St. Louis Pod is hosting a fun, welcoming event to invite scientists and non-scientists alike to mix and mingle and learn what a woman scientist really does and looks like! This is a family friendly event that will include beer, a scavenger hunt (with prizes!), demonstrations, arcade games, games and crafts for kids, and more

Farmers Forum in Springfield

Small-scale and environmentally-responsible farmers, join Missouri Coalition for the Environment and Missouri Farmers Union in Springfield and Union of Concerned Scientists on February 11, 2018 12-2 pm to provide feedback on what Farm Bill programs that matter most to you! Urban and rural farmers alike are encouraged to attend. The forum will be held at Farmers Gastropub, 2620 S Glenstone Ave, Springfield, MO 65804. The forum is free and lunch will be provided. RSVP HERE!

The following day, a few folks will meet up to hand deliver the letters they wrote together at Senator McCaskill’s local office. That’s Feb 12th during the day – let me know if you’d like to join! We want to double down with LTEs to Springfield News Leader. Please email me at Lorna.ucs@gmail.com to get involved in this.

Feb 21st- The EPA will be hosting a listening session about the repeal of the Clean Power Plan in Kansas City.

Tuesday Feb 20 12PM (tentative) Press Event

Wednesday Feb 21 10A-8P Listening Session

There are a number of organizations that are already working on a plan to do a rally/press conference to drum up attention about this event. Working with the Sierra Club, KC 350, Bridging the Gap and a number of other organizations. We now know that at some point this week, the EPA will have a registration link to sign up to testify. Once I get that, I will pass it on to you through email so that if you would like to speak you can. They will then get back to you with you designated time, so that way if you are taking off of work, you should have a more specific expectation of when you will need to be there. I can host a webinar to help train people to speak! RSVP link is coming soon!

I would love for us to drop by on the 22nd to Claire’s KC office. Please email me at Lorna.ucs@gmail.com to get involved in this.

And then AGAIN rallying folks to write letters to CMC and take them to her office about any of the following

-Making sure that EPA is properly funded in the budget

-Making sure that EPA does not repeal the Clean Power Plan, we will talk more about that a bit later.

-And making sure the Farm Bill includes appropriate funding for SNAP, the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Opportunity Act and the Local Farms act

If anyone is interested in planning their own district office drop by, please let me know (Lorna.UCS@gmail.com) and I can work with you to get more Science Champs to that meeting, otherwise I have tentatively schedule these dates.

Our dates so far…

Jan 31st -Columbia MO (after SOTU event 9on the 30th)

Feb 12th –Springfield (Day after MO Farm Bill Forum on the 11th)

Feb 22nd – Kansas City or St Louis (depending on finding help to lead in KC, and if Claire will actually be in the STL office during her legislative home break.

Please email me at Lorna.ucs@gmail.com to get involved in ANY of these events!! Our February Missouri check in call will be February 27th, time to be determined. Look forward to chatting with you soon!

Lorna Kurdi
http://missourisciencechampions.nationbuilder.com/

MOSEIA is pleased to announce the 2017 Board election results

MISSOURI SUN SOLAR CEO CALEB ARTHUR ELECTED PRESIDENT OF STATE SOLAR ENERGY INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION (MOSEIA)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— The Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association (MOSEIA) is pleased to announce that Caleb Arthur was elected president during its annual meeting held in Springfield, MO last Thursday and Friday. MOSEIA is the statewide trade association that represents the interests of Missouri’s solar industry and provides its members with training and resources to develop their business.

Arthur will be joined by Mark Walters, Tradewind Energy who was elected vice president, Steve O’Roarke of Microgrid Solar in St. Louis, and Paul McKnight, owner of EFS Energy in St. Louis as other officers of MOSEIA. Arthur will serve a single term of two years, upon which time another MOSEIA member will be elected.

As president, Arthur will lead MOSEIA through a critical year for the solar industry both in Missouri and throughout the nation. The National Solar Trade Case could cost as many as 88,000 jobs if the Suniva Petition is granted, including an estimated 200 jobs lost in Missouri according to SEIA.  Ensuring that Missouri legislators are educated and informed about the impact of a tariff on imported cells will have on the solar industry is a top priority. President Trump has until January 12th to respond on the proposed remedies. In addition, Arthur says he will work to fend off bad legislation on net metering that threatens to add additional costs to Missourians who want to go solar. Finally, Arthur says he will work to provide better training and additional resources to MOSEIA members.

Generating your own electricity from solar is more affordable than ever, and the solar industry will continue to expand. MOSEIA is propelling the growth by representing solar industry stakeholders and by supporting policy issues focused on solar job creation and resilient power production in Missouri. MOSEIA also provides professional development opportunities throughout the year to ensure high installation standards are continued.

President
Caleb Arthur, Missouri Sun Solar
Vice President
Mark Walter, Tradewind Energy
Treasurer
Steve O’Rourke, Microgrid Energy
Secretary
Paul McKnight, EFS Energy

Board at Large
Tom Bone, CivicSolar
John Maslowski, Renovate America
Karlo Meave, SunSmart Technologies

Alternate
Erin Noble, StraightUp Solar

Congratulation new officers and directors.  A sincere appreciation to all the candidates for their willingness to serve the Association.  The Association would like to thank outgoing Board members Andy Zellers and Ted Lesiecki for their leadership and continued support of MOSIEA.

SEIA update on International Trade Commission (ITC)

Dear SEIA Members,

This morning, the International Trade Commission (ITC) held its vote on the proper remedy in the Suniva 201 trade case on crystalline silicon cells and modules. We quickly issued this statement to the press after the commissioners made their recommendations. As you may have read in the press, the four commissioners made three different recommendations on how to resolve this case. Here is the ITC’s statement with commissioners’ remarks linked in the document.

It was a good morning for us in several respects, though there is much work to be done.

  1. None of the commissioners recommended even half of what the Petitioners, Suniva and SolarWorld, asked for in terms of tariffs.
  2. None of the commissioners recommended a specific tariff (i.e. 30 cents per watt). Rather, the three that did recommend a tariff recommended an ad valorem tariff (a percentage of the cost of the cell or module at the border).
  3. None of the commissioners recommended a hard quota (i.e. no more product could be imported into the U.S. at any price after a certain level is reached) combined with a tariff.
  4. One commissioner embraced the SEIA proposal that reinvests funds into the domestic industry using a small import fee.

Even at levels below what the petitioners wanted, we still think the tariffs proposed would hurt our industry and will continue to advocate voraciously for the import fee proposal. But it’s a great starting point for negotiations with the Administration. This would never have been possible without your continued membership in and support for SEIA.

Our focus shifts now to the Trump Administration and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, who will be holding a public hearing on December 6th. We are re-doubling our efforts on communications, research and direct lobbying to ensure that decision-makers at the White House are well aware of the potential impacts of trade restrictions on the U.S. economy.

You’ll be hearing from me and my team over the coming days and weeks about how to continue supporting our efforts in this case. While today’s vote was a mixed bag, our dedication to a positive resolution has not changed. We’ll be hard at work over the next couple of months, and we look forward to collaborating with you to reach a successful outcome.

If you have any questions about the specific details of today’s vote, or about the next steps in the case, send us an email at tradequestions@seia.org.

Sincerely,

Abigail Ross Hopper
President & CEO
Solar Energy Industries Association

MOSEIA BOARD HIRES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

The MOSEIA Board is pleased to announce the appointment of our new
Executive Director, Mary Shields. She was a standout among the candidates,
and brings a wealth of experience to the organization.

  • 18+ years experience in the energy industry with over half focused on renewable energy
  • Founder/CEO of UR Solar Power, LLC
  • Senior executive as BP Solar’s EVP Global Sales and Marketing
  • Former SEIA board member, guest speaker at Solar Power International, IEEE global conference, and KPMG NA annual meeting
Mary is highly regarded in the industry, and we are thrilled to have her expertise
and passion working for us here in Missouri. Under her leadership,
we expect MOSEIA to continue to protect and expand the solar market.Your continued support over the years has helped make the Missouri solar industry successful. We still have a lot to do to grow the market while facing increasing industry threats. This coming legislative session will be a critical one for us, as we continue to fend off threats to net metering and press for more progressive policies that will expand solar and grow Missouri’s clean economy.Mary will be instrumental in finalizing our plans for the upcoming Conference November 9 & 10 in Springfield, MO.  We hope you will be there to meet her and share your vision for our industry!