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NEWS RELEASE 04-086; AUGUST 5, 2004 August 5, 2004
News Release 04-086
Inv. No. 332-462

ITC LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION ON U.S. AND FOREIGN MARKETS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SERVICES; SEEKS INPUT FROM INTERESTED PARTIES

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is seeking input for a newly initiated investigation into U.S. and foreign markets for renewable energy services.

The investigation, Renewable Energy Services: An Examination of U.S. and Foreign Markets (Investigation No. 332-462), was requested by the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

As requested by USTR, the ITC report will: (1) provide an overview of foreign and domestic markets for renewable energy services; (2) examine trade and investment in such markets, including barriers affecting such trade and investment, if any; and (3) if possible, discuss existing regulatory practices that generate demand for the subject services. With regard to the geographic coverage of these reports, the USTR requested the ITC to include examples from both developed- and developing-country markets. In addition, the USTR has asked the Commission to include examples - as appropriate - from those economies with which the United States has established, or is in the process of negotiating, a free trade arrangement. To the extent possible, the Commission is also requested to present information on trade and market conditions for those goods related to the subject renewable energy services.

As requested by USTR, for the purposes of this study, renewable energy services will be defined to include the use of renewable power sources including wind, solar energy, biomass fuels, tidal energy, and geothermal energy in heating or electricity generation; the sale of renewable energy; geological analysis, resource assessment, and other services incidental to the evaluation, planning, or siting of a renewable energy project or facility; design, construction, and installation services for renewable energy equipment and facilities; the operation, management, and monitoring of renewable energy projects or facilities; decommissioning services; services incidental to the issuance of renewable energy certificates; research and development services related to renewable energy; and other services incidental to the development and use of renewable power sources.

The ITC expects to submit its report to USTR by October 1, 2005. The USTR intends to make this report available to the general public in its entirety.

The ITC is seeking input for its new investigation from all interested parties and requests that the information focus on the issues for which the ITC is requested to provide information. The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation on April 19, 2005. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on April 5, 2005, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. For further information, call 202-205-1816.

The ITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary to the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on May 5, 2005. The hearing will be canceled if no witnesses are scheduled to appear as of the close of business on April 5, 2005. Any person interested in attending the hearing as an observer or non-participant may call the Secretary to the Commission (202-205-1816) after April 5, 2005, to determine whether the hearing will be held.

Further information on the scope of the investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated August 5, 2004, which can be downloaded from the ITC Internet server (http://www.usitc.gov) or may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-1816.

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