Utility Scale Wind Towers From Canada: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 68126-68128 [2019-26945]

Download as PDF 68126 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 240 / Friday, December 13, 2019 / Notices surface of the product; (3) at least some of the individual pieces of crushed glass that are visible across the surface are larger than 1 centimeter wide as measured at their widest cross-section (Glass Pieces); and (4) the distance between any single Glass Piece and the closest separate Glass Piece does not exceed three inches. The products subject to the scope are currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under the following subheading: 6810.99.0010. Subject merchandise may also enter under subheadings 6810.11.0010, 6810.11.0070, 6810.19.1200, 6810.19.1400, 6810.19.5000, 6810.91.0000, 6810.99.0080, 6815.99.4070, 2506.10.0010, 2506.10.0050, 2506.20.0010, 2506.20.0080, and 7016.90.1050. The HTSUS subheadings set forth above are provided for convenience and U.S. Customs purposes only. The written description of the scope is dispositive. Appendix II List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Period of Investigation IV. Scope Comments V. Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures VI. Single Entity Analysis VII. Discussion of the Methodology VIII. Date of Sale IX. Product Comparisons X. Export Price and Constructed Export Price XI. Normal Value XII. Negative Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances XIII. Currency Conversion XIV. Adjustment to Cash Deposit Rates for Export Subsidies in Companion Countervailing Duty Investigation XV. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2019–26819 Filed 12–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–122–868] Utility Scale Wind Towers From Canada: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of utility scale wind towers (wind towers) from Canada. The period of investigation is January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Interested parties jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Dec 12, 2019 Jkt 250001 are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Applicable December 13, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tyler Weinhold, Moses Song, and Yasmin Bordas, AD/CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–1121, (202) 482–7885, and (202) 482–3813, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 703(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce published the notice of initiation of this investigation on August 6, 2019.1 On September 13, 2019, in accordance with section 703(c)(1)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(b)(2), Commerce published its postponement of the deadline for the preliminary determination of the investigation, and the revised deadline is now December 6, 2019.2 For a complete description of the events that followed the initiation of this investigation, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.3 A list of topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix II to this notice. The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http:// access.trade.gov, and to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http:// enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed and electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. 1 See Utility Scale Wind Towers from Canada, Indonesia, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigations, 84 FR 38216 (August 6, 2019) (Initiation Notice). 2 See Utility Scale Wind Towers From Canada, Indonesia, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Postponement of Preliminary Determinations of Countervailing Duty Investigations, 84 FR 48329 (September 13, 2019). 3 See Memorandum, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination of the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Utility Scale Wind Towers from Canada,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Scope of the Investigation The products covered by this investigation are wind towers from Canada. For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see Appendix I. Scope Comments In accordance with the Preamble to Commerce’s regulations,4 the Initiation Notice set aside a period of time for parties to raise issues regarding product coverage (i.e., scope).5 No interested party commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. Accordingly, Commerce is preliminarily not modifying the scope language as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. See Appendix I. Methodology Commerce is conducting this investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Act. For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, Commerce preliminarily determines that there is a subsidy, i.e., a financial contribution by an ‘‘authority’’ that gives rise to a benefit to the recipient, and that the subsidy is specific.6 Alignment As noted in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, in accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4), Commerce is aligning the final countervailing duty (CVD) determination in this investigation with the final determination in the companion antidumping duty (AD) investigation of wind towers from Canada based on a request made by the Wind Tower Trade Coalition (the petitioner).7 Consequently, the final CVD determination will be issued on the same date as the final AD determination, which is currently scheduled to be issued no later than April 20, 2020, unless postponed. All-Others Rate Sections 703(d) and 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act provide that in the preliminary determination, Commerce shall determine an estimated all-others rate 4 See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, Final Rule, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997) (Preamble). 5 See Initiation Notice, 84 FR at 38217. 6 See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding financial contribution; see also section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity. 7 See Petitioner’s Letter, ‘‘Utility Scale Wind Towers from Canada: Request to Align Countervailing Duty Investigation Final Determination with Antidumping Duty Investigation Final Determination,’’ dated November 27, 2019. E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 240 / Friday, December 13, 2019 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES for companies not individually examined. This rate shall be an amount equal to the weighted average of the estimated subsidy rates established for those companies individually examined, excluding any zero and de minimis rates and any rates based entirely on facts otherwise available, as outlined under section 776 of the Act. In this investigation, Commerce calculated an individually-estimated countervailable subsidy rate for the mandatory respondent, Marmen Inc., Marmen E´nergie Inc., and Gestion Marmen Inc. (collectively, Marmen), that is not zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available. Because Marmen is the only mandatory respondent in this investigation and its individually-calculated rate is not zero, de minimis, or determined entirely under section 776 of the Act, Commerce has assigned Marmen’s rate as the estimated all-others rate. Public Comment Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance no later than seven days after the date on which the last verification report is issued in this investigation. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the deadline for submitting case briefs.8 Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2), parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this investigation are encouraged to submit with each argument: (1) A statement of the issue; (2) a brief summary of the argument; and (3) a table of authorities. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to request a hearing, limited to issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs, must submit a written request to the Assistant Preliminary Determination Secretary for Enforcement and Commerce preliminarily determines Compliance, U.S. Department of that the following estimated Commerce, within 30 days after the date countervailable subsidy rates exist: of publication of this notice. Requests should contain the party’s name, Subsidy address and telephone number, the Exporter/producer rate number of participants, whether any (percent) participant is a foreign national, and a ´ Marmen Inc., Marmen Energie list of the issues to be discussed. If a Inc., and Gestion Marmen Inc 1.09 request for a hearing is made, Commerce All Others .................................... 1.09 intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Suspension of Liquidation Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, In accordance with sections DC 20230, at a time and date to be 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, determined. Parties should confirm by Commerce will direct U.S. Customs and telephone the date, time, and location of Border Protection (CBP) to suspend the hearing two days before the liquidation of entries of subject scheduled date. merchandise, as described in the scope of the investigation section, entered, or International Trade Commission (ITC) withdrawn from warehouse, for Notification consumption on or after the date of In accordance with section 703(f) of publication of this notice in the Federal the Act, Commerce will notify the ITC Register. Further, pursuant to section of its determination. Pursuant to 703(d)(1)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(d), Commerce will instruct CBP 705(b)(2) of the Act, if the final to require a cash deposit equal to the determination is affirmative, the ITC rates indicated above. will determine before the later of 120 days after the date of this preliminary Disclosure determination or 45 days after the final Commerce intends to disclose its determination whether imports of the calculations and analysis performed to subject merchandise are materially interested parties in this preliminary injuring, or threaten material injury to, determination within five days of its the U.S. industry. public announcement, or if there is no public announcement, within five days Notification to Interested Parties of the date of this notice in accordance This determination is issued and with 19 CFR 351.224(b). published pursuant to sections 703(f) Verification and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the 351.205(c). Act, Commerce intends to verify the information relied upon in making its 8 See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 final determination. (for general filing requirements). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Dec 12, 2019 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68127 Dated: December 6, 2019. Jeffrey I. Kessler, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I—Scope of the Investigation The merchandise covered by these investigations consists of certain wind towers, whether or not tapered, and sections thereof. Certain wind towers support the nacelle and rotor blades in a wind turbine with a minimum rated electrical power generation capacity in excess of 100 kilowatts and with a minimum height of 50 meters measured from the base of the tower to the bottom of the nacelle (i.e., where the top of the tower and nacelle are joined) when fully assembled. A wind tower section consists of, at a minimum, multiple steel plates rolled into cylindrical or conical shapes and welded together (or otherwise attached) to form a steel shell, regardless of coating, end-finish, painting, treatment, or method of manufacture, and with or without flanges, doors, or internal or external components (e.g., flooring/decking, ladders, lifts, electrical buss boxes, electrical cabling, conduit, cable harness for nacelle generator, interior lighting, tool and storage lockers) attached to the wind tower section. Several wind tower sections are normally required to form a completed wind tower. Wind towers and sections thereof are included within the scope whether or not they are joined with non-subject merchandise, such as nacelles or rotor blades, and whether or not they have internal or external components attached to the subject merchandise. Specifically excluded from the scope are nacelles and rotor blades, regardless of whether they are attached to the wind tower. Also excluded are any internal or external components which are not attached to the wind towers or sections thereof, unless those components are shipped with the tower sections. Further, excluded from the scope of the antidumping duty investigations are any products covered by the existing antidumping duty order on utility scale wind towers from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. See Utility Scale Wind Towers from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order, 78 FR 11150 (February 15, 2013). Merchandise covered by these investigations is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under subheading 7308.20.0020 or 8502.31.0000. Wind towers of iron or steel are classified under HTSUS 7308.20.0020 when imported separately as a tower or tower section(s). Wind towers may be classified under HTSUS 8502.31.0000 when imported as combination goods with a wind turbine (i.e., accompanying nacelles and/or rotor blades). While the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of the investigations is dispositive. E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1 68128 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 240 / Friday, December 13, 2019 / Notices Appendix II—List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope of the Investigation IV. Injury Test V. Subsidies Valuation VI. Analysis of Programs VII. Recommendation SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [FR Doc. 2019–26945 Filed 12–12–19; 8:45 am] I. Background BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology [Docket No. 191126–0092] Request for Information Regarding the Interagency Edison System for Reporting Federally Funded Inventions National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice; Request for Information (RFI). AGENCY: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been delegated responsibility by the Secretary of Commerce to promulgate regulations concerning the management and licensing of federally funded inventions. Under the Lab-to-Market Cross Agency Priority (CAP) goal co-led with the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), NIST is initiating an effort to advance the President’s Management Agenda and modernize government for the 21st century by assuming the responsibility for and rebuilding the Interagency Edison (iEdison) system for reporting extramural inventions created with federal funding. NIST requests information from the public regarding the current state of the iEdison system, including, but not limited to, specific challenges and recommended improvements. The information received in response to this RFI will inform NIST in developing a redesigned iEdison. DATES: Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on January 27, 2020. Written comments in response to the RFI should be submitted according to the instructions in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Submissions received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. ADDRESSES: Electronic comments regarding the RFI should be addressed to Dr. Courtney Silverthorn by email to courtney.silverthorn@nist.gov. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Dec 12, 2019 Dr. Courtney Silverthorn, Deputy Director, Technology Partnerships Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Technology Partnerships Office, 100 Bureau Drive, MS 2200, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, 301–975–4189, or by email to courtney.silverthorn@ nist.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jkt 250001 The Federal Government invests approximately $100B each year in extramural research and development at universities, non-profits, and small and large businesses.1 This results in the creation of thousands of inventions annually, which are required to be reported to the funding agency.2 Many agencies use the Interagency Edison (iEdison) system,3 a web-based platform that allows awardees to report federally funded subject inventions, elect rights, request extensions of time requirements, request waivers, demonstrate progress, inform the government of its limited use rights, upload requested documents, and perform other reporting tasks as required by their funding agency. First developed in 1995, the platform is currently used by 32 funding agencies and is hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A 2016 report from the National Academies of Science 4 highlighted a number of systemic challenges inherent in the current iEdison platform that have impeded data entry and reporting compliance. The challenges described in the report include the following topics paraphrased below: • Inadequate staffing and funding • Cumbersome reporting procedures due to (i) gated features preventing further action if certain requirements are left incomplete, (ii) requiring greater data specificity than that which is required by law, (iii) frequent reporting over the life of even unlicensed patents, and (iv) a complicated document uploading process • Inconsistent use and reporting requirements amongst funding agencies 1 National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. Survey of Federal Funds for Research and Development: Fiscal Years 2016–2017. Available at: https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/srvyfedfunds/. 2 37 CFR 401.14. 3 https://public.era.nih.gov/iedison/public/ login.do. 4 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Optimizing the Nation’s Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/21824. PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Comments received in response to prior Requests for Information on related topics such as rights to federally funded inventions and licensing of government owned inventions 5 as well as federal technology transfer authorities and processes,6 have noted similar concerns from the public. Addressing these challenges by modernizing the iEdison system to create a secure, interoperable platform that is easy to access, analyze, and use will help reduce administrative burdens on awardees, while further protecting public investment in extramural research and development. As part of the Lab-to-Market CAP goal 7 to ‘‘support innovative tools and services for technology transfer’’, NIST and OSTP have identified a rebuild of the iEdison system as a strategic priority. The rebuild will address transferring the management of iEdison operations from NIH to NIST, implementing Recommendation 10.1 of the 2016 National Academies report. NIST, to which the Secretary of Commerce has delegated responsibility for promulgating regulations implementing the Bayh-Dole Act pertaining to the management and licensing of federally funded inventions, is well-positioned to manage the iEdison platform and to implement changes on an on-going basis. The objectives for the rebuild of the system are to: • Modernize the technology stack and provide increased system security • Re-examine and streamline the system to align with regulatory requirements • Improve user experience and facilitate user compliance with reporting requirements • Improve the presentation of pertinent information requiring user action To respond to this RFI, please submit written comments by email to Dr. Courtney Silverthorn at courtney.silverthorn@nist.gov in any of the following formats: ASCII; Word; 5 ‘‘Rights to Federally Funded Inventions and Licensing of Government Owned Inventions,’’ 81 Federal Register 78090 (7 November 2016), pp. 78090–78097. Available at: https:// www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/07/ 2016-25325/rights-to-federally-funded-inventionsand-licensing-of-government-owned-inventions. 6 ‘‘Request for Information Regarding Federal Technology Transfer Authorities and Processes,’’ 83 Federal Register 19052 (1 May 2018), pp. 19052– 19054. Available at: https:// www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/01/ 2018-09182/request-for-information-regardingfederal-technology-transfer-authorities-andprocesses. 7 Copan, W. and Kratsios, M. (2018). Lab to Market: Cross Agency Priority Goal Quarterly Progress Update, September 2019. Available at: https://www.performance.gov/CAP/action_plans/ sept_2019_Lab_to_Market.pdf. E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-122-868]


Utility Scale Wind Towers From Canada: Preliminary Affirmative 
Countervailing Duty Determination, and Alignment of Final Determination 
With Final Antidumping Duty Determination

AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines 
that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and 
exporters of utility scale wind towers (wind towers) from Canada. The 
period of investigation is January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. 
Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary 
determination.

DATES: Applicable December 13, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tyler Weinhold, Moses Song, and Yasmin 
Bordas, AD/CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, 
International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-
1121, (202) 482-7885, and (202) 482-3813, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 
703(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce 
published the notice of initiation of this investigation on August 6, 
2019.\1\ On September 13, 2019, in accordance with section 703(c)(1)(A) 
of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(b)(2), Commerce published its 
postponement of the deadline for the preliminary determination of the 
investigation, and the revised deadline is now December 6, 2019.\2\ For 
a complete description of the events that followed the initiation of 
this investigation, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.\3\ A list 
of topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included 
as Appendix II to this notice. The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a 
public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and 
Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic 
Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at 
http://access.trade.gov, and to all parties in the Central Records 
Unit, Room B8024 of the main Commerce building. In addition, a complete 
version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly 
at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed and electronic 
versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in 
content.
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    \1\ See Utility Scale Wind Towers from Canada, Indonesia, and 
the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Initiation of Countervailing Duty 
Investigations, 84 FR 38216 (August 6, 2019) (Initiation Notice).
    \2\ See Utility Scale Wind Towers From Canada, Indonesia, and 
the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Postponement of Preliminary 
Determinations of Countervailing Duty Investigations, 84 FR 48329 
(September 13, 2019).
    \3\ See Memorandum, ``Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary 
Determination of the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Utility 
Scale Wind Towers from Canada,'' dated concurrently with, and hereby 
adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum).
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Scope of the Investigation

    The products covered by this investigation are wind towers from 
Canada. For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, 
see Appendix I.

Scope Comments

    In accordance with the Preamble to Commerce's regulations,\4\ the 
Initiation Notice set aside a period of time for parties to raise 
issues regarding product coverage (i.e., scope).\5\ No interested party 
commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in the 
Initiation Notice. Accordingly, Commerce is preliminarily not modifying 
the scope language as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. See 
Appendix I.
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    \4\ See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, Final Rule, 
62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997) (Preamble).
    \5\ See Initiation Notice, 84 FR at 38217.
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Methodology

    Commerce is conducting this investigation in accordance with 
section 701 of the Act. For each of the subsidy programs found 
countervailable, Commerce preliminarily determines that there is a 
subsidy, i.e., a financial contribution by an ``authority'' that gives 
rise to a benefit to the recipient, and that the subsidy is 
specific.\6\
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    \6\ See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding 
financial contribution; see also section 771(5)(E) of the Act 
regarding benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding 
specificity.
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Alignment

    As noted in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, in accordance with 
section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4), Commerce is 
aligning the final countervailing duty (CVD) determination in this 
investigation with the final determination in the companion antidumping 
duty (AD) investigation of wind towers from Canada based on a request 
made by the Wind Tower Trade Coalition (the petitioner).\7\ 
Consequently, the final CVD determination will be issued on the same 
date as the final AD determination, which is currently scheduled to be 
issued no later than April 20, 2020, unless postponed.
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    \7\ See Petitioner's Letter, ``Utility Scale Wind Towers from 
Canada: Request to Align Countervailing Duty Investigation Final 
Determination with Antidumping Duty Investigation Final 
Determination,'' dated November 27, 2019.
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All-Others Rate

    Sections 703(d) and 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act provide that in the 
preliminary determination, Commerce shall determine an estimated all-
others rate

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for companies not individually examined. This rate shall be an amount 
equal to the weighted average of the estimated subsidy rates 
established for those companies individually examined, excluding any 
zero and de minimis rates and any rates based entirely on facts 
otherwise available, as outlined under section 776 of the Act.
    In this investigation, Commerce calculated an individually-
estimated countervailable subsidy rate for the mandatory respondent, 
Marmen Inc., Marmen [Eacute]nergie Inc., and Gestion Marmen Inc. 
(collectively, Marmen), that is not zero, de minimis, or based entirely 
on facts otherwise available. Because Marmen is the only mandatory 
respondent in this investigation and its individually-calculated rate 
is not zero, de minimis, or determined entirely under section 776 of 
the Act, Commerce has assigned Marmen's rate as the estimated all-
others rate.

Preliminary Determination

    Commerce preliminarily determines that the following estimated 
countervailable subsidy rates exist:

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                      Exporter/producer                          rate
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Marmen Inc., Marmen [Eacute]nergie Inc., and Gestion Marmen         1.09
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All Others..................................................        1.09
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Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with sections 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, 
Commerce will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to 
suspend liquidation of entries of subject merchandise, as described in 
the scope of the investigation section, entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of this 
notice in the Federal Register. Further, pursuant to section 
703(d)(1)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(d), Commerce will instruct 
CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the rates indicated above.

Disclosure

    Commerce intends to disclose its calculations and analysis 
performed to interested parties in this preliminary determination 
within five days of its public announcement, or if there is no public 
announcement, within five days of the date of this notice in accordance 
with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

Verification

    As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, Commerce intends to 
verify the information relied upon in making its final determination.

Public Comment

    Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted to the 
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance no later than seven 
days after the date on which the last verification report is issued in 
this investigation. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case 
briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the deadline for 
submitting case briefs.\8\ Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2), 
parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this investigation 
are encouraged to submit with each argument: (1) A statement of the 
issue; (2) a brief summary of the argument; and (3) a table of 
authorities.
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    \8\ See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general 
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    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to 
request a hearing, limited to issues raised in the case and rebuttal 
briefs, must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for 
Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, within 30 days 
after the date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain 
the party's name, address and telephone number, the number of 
participants, whether any participant is a foreign national, and a list 
of the issues to be discussed. If a request for a hearing is made, 
Commerce intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of 
Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, at a time 
and date to be determined. Parties should confirm by telephone the 
date, time, and location of the hearing two days before the scheduled 
date.

International Trade Commission (ITC) Notification

    In accordance with section 703(f) of the Act, Commerce will notify 
the ITC of its determination. Pursuant to 705(b)(2) of the Act, if the 
final determination is affirmative, the ITC will determine before the 
later of 120 days after the date of this preliminary determination or 
45 days after the final determination whether imports of the subject 
merchandise are materially injuring, or threaten material injury to, 
the U.S. industry.

Notification to Interested Parties

    This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 
703(f) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c).

    Dated: December 6, 2019.
Jeffrey I. Kessler,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I--Scope of the Investigation

    The merchandise covered by these investigations consists of 
certain wind towers, whether or not tapered, and sections thereof. 
Certain wind towers support the nacelle and rotor blades in a wind 
turbine with a minimum rated electrical power generation capacity in 
excess of 100 kilowatts and with a minimum height of 50 meters 
measured from the base of the tower to the bottom of the nacelle 
(i.e., where the top of the tower and nacelle are joined) when fully 
assembled.
    A wind tower section consists of, at a minimum, multiple steel 
plates rolled into cylindrical or conical shapes and welded together 
(or otherwise attached) to form a steel shell, regardless of 
coating, end-finish, painting, treatment, or method of manufacture, 
and with or without flanges, doors, or internal or external 
components (e.g., flooring/decking, ladders, lifts, electrical buss 
boxes, electrical cabling, conduit, cable harness for nacelle 
generator, interior lighting, tool and storage lockers) attached to 
the wind tower section. Several wind tower sections are normally 
required to form a completed wind tower.
    Wind towers and sections thereof are included within the scope 
whether or not they are joined with non-subject merchandise, such as 
nacelles or rotor blades, and whether or not they have internal or 
external components attached to the subject merchandise.
    Specifically excluded from the scope are nacelles and rotor 
blades, regardless of whether they are attached to the wind tower. 
Also excluded are any internal or external components which are not 
attached to the wind towers or sections thereof, unless those 
components are shipped with the tower sections.
    Further, excluded from the scope of the antidumping duty 
investigations are any products covered by the existing antidumping 
duty order on utility scale wind towers from the Socialist Republic 
of Vietnam. See Utility Scale Wind Towers from the Socialist 
Republic of Vietnam: Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less 
Than Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order, 78 FR 11150 (February 
15, 2013).
    Merchandise covered by these investigations is currently 
classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
(HTSUS) under subheading 7308.20.0020 or 8502.31.0000. Wind towers 
of iron or steel are classified under HTSUS 7308.20.0020 when 
imported separately as a tower or tower section(s). Wind towers may 
be classified under HTSUS 8502.31.0000 when imported as combination 
goods with a wind turbine (i.e., accompanying nacelles and/or rotor 
blades). While the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience 
and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of the 
investigations is dispositive.

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Appendix II--List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Scope of the Investigation
IV. Injury Test
V. Subsidies Valuation
VI. Analysis of Programs
VII. Recommendation

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