January 16, 2020

CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman’s Statement on Announcement to Lower Tariffs on Chinese Lithium-ion Batteries

“The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) is pleased with the U.S. Trade Representative’s decision to lower tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries from 15% to 7.5%, effective February 14, 2020. This will help to ease the tariffs’ adverse economic effects on grid energy storage deployments in America. ESA has deep concerns regarding any tariffs on lithium-ion battery imports, because they are inconsistent with the federal government’s efforts to encourage growth in storage deployment and U.S. job creation.

“This week’s action demonstrates movement in the right direction; however, ESA looks forward to timely and full removal of the tariffs.

“ESA and its members continue to call on the U.S. Trade Representative for the full removal of the tariffs on grid energy storage components, due to storage’s critical role in improving electric system resilience, energy security, and job creation. We look forward to working with the Administration to remove impediments to America’s efforts to modernize its electric system.”

Additional information on the damaging effect of import tariffs to American energy grid infrastructure and jobs can be found in ESA’s statements of June 11, 2019 and August 14, 2019.

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