• Potential US-China Trade Dispute Over China's Clean Energy Policies
  • October 4, 2010 | Authors: Stuart E. Eizenstat; George Frampton; W. Andrew Jack; William L. Massey; John K. Veroneau
  • Law Firms: Covington & Burling LLP - Washington Office ; Covington & Burling LLP - New York Office ; Covington & Burling LLP - Washington Office
  • The United Steelworkers union (“USW”) recently filed a Section 301 petition with the Obama Administration requesting an investigation of alleged subsidies and other support provided by China to its domestic “green technology” industries. The Administration now must decide whether or not to initiate an “investigation” of the issues raised in the petition, which would also mean starting the process for bringing a case at the World Trade Organization (“WTO”). The decision could have major ramifications for US and Chinese participants in the renewable energy and cleantech sectors and potentially broader political and economic implications for US-China relations. This e-alert describes the USW petition, the Administration’s pending decision process, and avenues for affected parties to monitor and influence the decision process.