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U.S.-China energy hearing
  • Mintz
  • USA, China
  • June 17 2012

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing June 14 to consider competitiveness and collaboration issues between the United States and China related to clean energy.


$60 million for concentrated solar
  • Mintz
  • USA
  • October 30 2011

The Department of Energy announced October 25 a $60 million investment over three years for applied scientific research to advance cutting-edge concentrating solar power technologies.


Chinese trade violations alleged
  • Mintz
  • USA, China
  • October 24 2011

SolarWorld Industries America led six other companies in forming the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing October 19, and at the same time filed petitions with the Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission claiming that China is illegally dumping solar energy products into the U.S. market and receiving massive subsidies from their government that violate World Trade Organization rules and put all other companies around the world at a competitive disadvantage.


EU Ag reform proposed
  • Mintz
  • European Union
  • October 16 2011

The European Commission proposed a major overhaul of the European Union Common Agriculture Policy October 12 by calling for stricter environmental criteria in order to receive direct payments and a fairer distribution of assistance so that Eastern European countries receive a fairer share of the CAP money.


Draft legislation removes green jobs fund
  • Mintz
  • USA
  • October 2 2011

On September 29, the House Appropriations Committee released a draft fiscal year 2012 funding bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education which defunded the Labor Department's Green Jobs Innovation Fund, mirroring the Senate Appropriation Committee’s bill (S. 1599) that “zeroes out” the training grant program.


Committee urged to consider policies affecting solar
  • Mintz
  • USA
  • September 25 2011

House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats led by ranking member Henry Waxman (D-CA) called on the committee September 22 to investigate whether incentives and policies for American solar manufacturers are adequate to ensure their competitiveness.


U.S. must identify effective energy strategies to maintain competitive
  • Mintz
  • USA
  • August 7 2011

The American Security Project, a non-profit bipartisan public policy and research organization, said on August 2 that the United States will have to make large adjustments to compete effectively in the global electric power sector.