Webinar: Tariffs on Energy Storage in the U.S.-China Trade Dispute

June 5, 2019 - 14:00 EDT

This ​webinar ​is ​free ​for ​members; ​$50 ​for ​non-members. Register here!

With ‘trade war’ rhetoric heating up on both sides of the Pacific following several rounds of dueling tariffs, the U.S. Trade Representative has announced new proposed tariffs on Chinese goods, including lithium-ion batteries. With China the largest source of lithium-ion battery imports to the US, what do the new proposed tariffs mean for the U.S. energy storage sector, both directly and indirectly? What other energy storage technologies will be impacted? And what might happen in both the near-term and farther future?

In this webinar, participants will learn:

  • The basics of tariffs and international trade;
  • What the process ahead is for proposed tariffs to come into effect;
  • Which products are impacted by these tariffs and the potential impact on energy storage deployments in the US;
  • How affected companies may respond to the tariffs; and
  • What the prospects are for resolution of the China-U.S. trade dispute. 

In addition, the webinar will offer a Q&A opportunity for you to explore specific questions for your company with the speaker.


  • John Magnus, President, TradeWins LLC
  • Yayoi ​Sekine, ​Energy ​Storage ​Analyst, ​Bloomberg ​New ​Energy ​Finance

John Magnus has been an active trade practitioner for 29 years, serving as external counsel to domestic and foreign firms and industry coalitions in sectors as diverse as steel, energy, forest products, chemicals, and aerospace. He advises and represents clients on U.S. trade legislation and Congressional oversight activities; on foreign governments' trade regimes and industrial policy measures; on customs and compliance issues; and on a variety of other matters. Mr. Magnus has handled Section 301 market access cases before the Office of U.S. Trade Representative and helped to defend U.S. measures, and prosecute U.S. complaints, in numerous GATT/WTO dispute settlement proceedings. Mr. Magnus is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the D.C. Circuit, and the U.S. Court of International Trade, as well as in the District of Columbia, and the state of California. He holds a JD from the University of Chicago Law School (1990) and an AB, International Relations from Stanford University (1986). 

Yayoi ​Sekine ​leads ​the ​Americas ​coverage ​for ​Energy ​Storage ​practice ​at ​BloombergNEF ​based ​out ​of ​New ​York. ​Yayoi’s ​research ​focuses ​on ​US ​energy ​storage ​markets, ​providing ​insight ​on ​technology, ​markets, ​policies ​and ​regulation, ​and ​the ​competitive ​landscape. ​She ​advises ​utilities, ​technology ​companies, ​investors ​and ​policymakers ​across ​these ​fields. ​She ​has ​authored ​numerous ​research ​papers ​and ​regularly ​speaks ​at ​international ​conferences ​and ​in ​the ​mainstream ​media. ​She ​was ​previously ​Research ​Analyst ​based ​in ​Sao ​Paulo ​having ​spent ​four ​years ​covering ​Latin ​American ​renewable ​energy ​market ​development ​through ​BNEF.

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