Utility Scale Wind Towers From India: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, 56896-56898 [2021-22246]

Download as PDF 56896 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 13, 2021 / Notices 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 this investigation is dispositive. Appendix II List of Sections Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Changes Since the Preliminary Determination IV. Discussion of the Issues Comment 1: Collapsing CS Wind Malaysia with CS Wind Corporation Comment 2: Total Adverse Facts Available (AFA) for CS Wind Comment 3: Date of Sale Comment 4: Fees for Certain U.S. Sales Comment 5: Steel Consumption for Door Frames Comment 6: General and Administrative (G&A) Expense Ratio Comment 7: Steel Plate Costs Comment 8: Application of the Multinational Corporation (MNC) Provision to Non-Market Economy (NME) Countries Comment 9: Constructed Value (CV) Profit and CV Selling Expense Ratios Comment 10: Double Counting of Foreign Currency Translation Gains and Losses V. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2021–22247 Filed 10–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–533–898] Utility Scale Wind Towers From India: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of utility scale wind towers (wind towers) from India. The period of investigation is April 1, 2019, through March 31, 2020. DATES: Applicable October 13, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Crespo or Melissa Kinter, AD/ CVD Operations, Office II, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–3693 or (202) 482–1413, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:01 Oct 12, 2021 Jkt 256001 Background On March 25, 2021, Commerce published the Preliminary Determination of the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation, which aligned the final determination in this CVD investigation with the final determination in the companion antidumping duty investigation of wind towers from India.1 Commerce invited interested parties to comment on the Preliminary Determination. On July 20, 2021, we received case briefs from the Government of India, Vestas Wind Technology India Private Limited (Vestas); Anand Engineering Products Private Limited, Windar Renewable Energy Private Limited, and GRI Towers India Private Limited (collectively, the tollers); and the Wind Tower Trade Coalition (the petitioner).2 On July 27, 2021, we received rebuttal briefs from Vestas, the tollers, and the petitioner.3 On September 1, 2021, we held a public hearing at the request of Vestas, the tollers, and the petitioner.4 A summary of the events that occurred since Commerce published the Preliminary Determination, as well as a full discussion of the issues raised by parties for this final determination, are discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum.5 Analysis of Subsidy Programs and Comments Received The subsidy programs under investigation and the issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties in this investigation are discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum. A list of the issues that parties raised is attached to this notice as Appendix II. The Issues and 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. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at https://access.trade.gov/ public/FRNoticesListLayout.aspx. Scope of the Investigation The products covered by this investigation are wind towers from India. For a complete description of the scope of the investigation, see Appendix I. Methodology Commerce conducted this investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Act. For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, Commerce 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.7 For a full description of the methodology underlying our final determination, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum. As discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, because several respondents did not act to the best of their ability in responding to our requests for information, we drew adverse inferences, where appropriate, in selecting from among the facts otherwise available, pursuant to 1 See Utility Scale Wind Towers from India: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final Determination with Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 86 FR 15897 (March 25, 2021) (Preliminary Determination), and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum (PDM). 2 See Petitioner’s Letter, ‘‘Utility Scale Wind Towers from India: Petitioner’s Case Brief,’’ dated July 20, 2021; GOI’s Letter, ‘‘CVD Investigation— Utility Scale Wind Towers from India: Case Brief on Behalf of Government of India,’’ dated July 20, 2021; Vestas’s Letter, ‘‘Utility Scale Wind Towers from India: Case Brief,’’ dated July 20, 2021; and Tollers’ Letter, ‘‘Certain Utility Scale Wind Towers from India (C–533–898): Case Brief on Behalf of Tolling Service Providers,’’ dated July 20, 2021. 3 See Petitioner’s Letter, ‘‘Utility Scale Wind Towers from India: Petitioner’s Rebuttal Brief,’’ dated July 27, 2021; Vestas’s Letter, ‘‘Utility Scale Wind Towers from India: Rebuttal Brief,’’ dated July 27, 2021; and Tollers’ Letter, ‘‘Certain Utility Scale Wind Towers from India (C–533–898): Rebuttal Brief on Behalf of Respondents/Tolling Service Providers,’’ dated July 27, 2021. 4 See Hearing Transcript, ‘‘Countervailing Duty Investigation on Utility-Scale Wind Towers from India,’’ dated September 1, 2021. 5 See Memorandum, ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Utility Scale Wind Towers from India,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by this notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum). PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Verification Commerce was unable to conduct onsite verification of the information relied upon in making its final determination in this investigation. However, we took additional steps in lieu of an on-site verification to verify the information relied upon in making this final determination, in accordance with section 782(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act).6 6 See GRI Towers’ Letter, ‘‘Certain Utility Scale Wind Towers from India (C–533–898): Submission of In-Lieu-Of-Verification (ILOV) Questionnaire Response—GRI India,’’ dated July 13, 2021; Vestas’s Letter, ‘‘Utility Scale Wind Towers from India: Response to the In Lieu of On-site Verification (ILOV) Questionnaire,’’ dated July 13, 2021; and Windar’s Letter, ‘‘Certain Utility Scale Wind Towers from India (C–533–898): Submission of InLieu-Of-Verification (ILOV) Questionnaire Response—Windar India,’’ dated August 31, 2021. 7 See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity. E:\FR\FM\13OCN1.SGM 13OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 13, 2021 / Notices sections 776(a) and 776(b) of the Act. The respondents Naiks Brass & Iron Works, Nordex India Pvt., Prommada Hindustan, Suzlon Energy, Vinayaka Energy Tek, Wish Energy Solutions Pvt Ltd, and Zeeco India Pvt. Ltd. did not respond to Commerce’s quantity and value questionnaire, and we have continued to use an adverse inference in our selection of facts available for determining the subsidy rates for these companies, pursuant to section 776(d) of the Act. For further information, see the section ‘‘Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences’’ in the accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum. Changes Since the Preliminary Determination Based on our review and analysis of the comments received from parties and our verification findings, we made certain changes to the subsidy rate calculations for Vestas. For a discussion of these changes, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum. All-Others Rate In accordance with section 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act, we continue to assign the countervailable subsidy rate calculated for Vestas as the all-others rate applicable to all exporters and/or producers not individually examined.8 Final Determination In accordance with section 705(c)(1)(B)(i)(I) of the Act, we calculated an individual estimated subsidy rate for Vestas. We determine that the following total estimated net countervailable subsidy rates exist: Vestas Wind Technology India Private Limited ........................ Naiks Brass & Iron Works * ........ Nordex India Pvt * ....................... Prommada Hindustan * ............... Suzlon Energy * .......................... Vinayaka Energy Tek * ............... Wish Energy Solutions Pvt Ltd * Zeeco India Pvt. Ltd * ................. All Others .................................... 2.25 397.70 397.70 397.70 397.70 397.70 397.70 397.70 2.25 * Rate based on adverse facts available. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 Disclosure We intend to disclose to interested parties the calculations and analysis performed in this final determination within five days of the date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). 8 See Preliminary Determination. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:01 Oct 12, 2021 Jkt 256001 Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation discussed above in the ‘‘Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation’’ section. As a result of our Preliminary Determination, and pursuant to sections 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, Commerce instructed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of entries of subject merchandise as described in the scope of the investigation section, that were entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of the Preliminary Determination in the Federal Register. In accordance with section 703(d) of the Act, we instructed CBP to discontinue the suspension of liquidation for CVD purposes for subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, on or after July 23, 2021, but to continue the suspension of liquidation of all entries from March 25, 2021 through July 22, 2021. If the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issues a final affirmative injury determination, we will issue a CVD order, reinstate the suspension of liquidation under section 706(a) of the Act, and require a cash deposit of estimated countervailing duties for such entries of subject merchandise in the amounts indicated above. If the ITC determines that material injury, or threat of material injury, does not exist, this proceeding will be terminated, and all estimated duties deposited or securities posted as a result of the suspension of liquidation will be refunded or canceled. Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders In the event the ITC issues a final negative injury determination, this notice will serve as the only reminder to parties subject to an administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the return or destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation subject to sanction. ITC Notification Percent ad valorem Producer/exporter 56897 In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the ITC of our determination. Because the final determination in this proceeding is affirmative, in accordance with section 705(b) of the Act, the ITC will make its final determination as to whether the domestic industry in the United States is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by reason of imports of wind towers from Indonesia no later than 45 days after our final determination. If the ITC determines that material injury or threat of material injury does not exist, the proceeding will be terminated, and all cash deposits will be refunded. If the ITC determines that material injury or threat of material injury does exist, Commerce will issue a CVD order directing CBP to assess, upon further instruction by Commerce, countervailing duties on all imports of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the effective date of the suspension of liquidation, as PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Notification to Interested Parties This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 705(d) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(c). Dated: October 6, 2021. Christian Marsh, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I Scope of the Investigation The merchandise covered by this investigation 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 E:\FR\FM\13OCN1.SGM 13OCN1 56898 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 13, 2021 / Notices wind towers or sections thereof, unless those components are shipped with the tower sections. Merchandise covered by this investigation 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 investigation is dispositive. Appendix II jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with NOTICES1 List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences IV. Subsidies Valuation Information V. Analysis of Programs VI. Analysis of Comments Comment 1: Whether Commerce Should Apply Adverse Facts Available (AFA) to Vestas Wind Technology India Private Limited (Vestas) Comment 2: Whether the Advance Authorization Program (AAP) is Tied to Non-Subject Merchandise Comment 3: Whether Commerce Should Revise its Benefit Methodology for the Duty Drawback (DDB) Program Comment 4: Whether Commerce Unlawfully Cumulated Vestas’s Benefits With the Benefits of its Tollers Comment 5: Whether the Merchandise Export Incentive Scheme (MEIS) Program is Tied to Non-Subject Merchandise Comment 6: Whether the Provision of Land for Less Than Adequate Remuneration (LTAR) by the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) is Specific and Confers Countervailable Benefits Comment 7: Whether the Provision of Water for LTAR Conferred a Benefit Comment 8: Whether Commerce Correctly Attributed Benefits for the Export Promotion of Capital Goods (EPCG) Program Comment 9: Whether the AAP and DDB Programs are Countervailable Under the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM Agreement) Comment 10: Whether Commerce Correctly Applied AFA to the Government of India (GOI) Comment 11: Whether Commerce Correctly Initiated New Subsidy Allegations (NSAs) VII. 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DATES: Collaborative activities will commence as soon as enough completed and signed letters of interest have been returned to address all the necessary components and capabilities, but no earlier than November 12, 2021. ADDRESSES: The NCCoE is located at 9700 Great Seneca Highway, Rockville, MD 20850. Letters of interest must be submitted to applied-crypto-pqc@ nist.gov or via hardcopy to National Institute of Standards and Technology, NCCoE; 9700 Great Seneca Highway, Rockville, MD 20850. Interested parties can access the letter of interest template by visiting the website and completing the letter of interest webform. NIST will announce the completion of the selection of participants and inform the public that it is no longer accepting letters of interest for this project at https://www.nccoe.nist.gov/projects/ building-blocks/post-quantumcryptography. Organizations whose letters of interest are accepted will be asked to sign a consortium Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with NIST; a template CRADA can be found at: https://nccoe.nist.gov/ library/nccoe-consortium-cradaexample. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Newhouse via telephone 301– 975–0232; by email applied-cryptopqc@nist.gov; or by mail to National Institute of Standards and Technology, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 NCCoE; 9700 Great Seneca Highway, Rockville, MD 20850. Additional details about the Migration to Post-Quantum Cryptography project are available at https://www.nccoe.nist.gov/projects/ building-blocks/post-quantumcryptography. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The NCCoE, part of NIST, is a public-private collaboration for accelerating the widespread adoption of integrated cybersecurity tools and technologies. The NCCoE brings together experts from industry, government, and academia under one roof to develop practical, interoperable cybersecurity approaches that address the real-world needs of complex Information Technology (IT) systems. By accelerating dissemination and use of these integrated tools and technologies for protecting IT assets, the NCCoE will enhance trust in U.S. IT communications, data, and storage systems; reduce risk for companies and individuals using IT systems; and encourage development of innovative, job-creating cybersecurity products and services. Process: NIST is soliciting responses from all sources of relevant security capabilities (see below) to enter into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to provide products and technical expertise to support and demonstrate security platforms for the Migration to PostQuantum Cryptography project. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 195 (Wednesday, October 13, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 56896-56898]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-533-898]


Utility Scale Wind Towers From India: Final Affirmative 
Countervailing Duty Determination

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that 
countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters 
of utility scale wind towers (wind towers) from India. The period of 
investigation is April 1, 2019, through March 31, 2020.

DATES: Applicable October 13, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Crespo or Melissa Kinter, AD/CVD 
Operations, Office II, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue 
NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3693 or (202) 482-1413, 
respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On March 25, 2021, Commerce published the Preliminary Determination 
of the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation, which aligned the final 
determination in this CVD investigation with the final determination in 
the companion antidumping duty investigation of wind towers from 
India.\1\ Commerce invited interested parties to comment on the 
Preliminary Determination. On July 20, 2021, we received case briefs 
from the Government of India, Vestas Wind Technology India Private 
Limited (Vestas); Anand Engineering Products Private Limited, Windar 
Renewable Energy Private Limited, and GRI Towers India Private Limited 
(collectively, the tollers); and the Wind Tower Trade Coalition (the 
petitioner).\2\ On July 27, 2021, we received rebuttal briefs from 
Vestas, the tollers, and the petitioner.\3\ On September 1, 2021, we 
held a public hearing at the request of Vestas, the tollers, and the 
petitioner.\4\
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    \1\ See Utility Scale Wind Towers from India: Preliminary 
Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final 
Determination with Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 86 FR 15897 
(March 25, 2021) (Preliminary Determination), and accompanying 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum (PDM).
    \2\ See Petitioner's Letter, ``Utility Scale Wind Towers from 
India: Petitioner's Case Brief,'' dated July 20, 2021; GOI's Letter, 
``CVD Investigation--Utility Scale Wind Towers from India: Case 
Brief on Behalf of Government of India,'' dated July 20, 2021; 
Vestas's Letter, ``Utility Scale Wind Towers from India: Case 
Brief,'' dated July 20, 2021; and Tollers' Letter, ``Certain Utility 
Scale Wind Towers from India (C-533-898): Case Brief on Behalf of 
Tolling Service Providers,'' dated July 20, 2021.
    \3\ See Petitioner's Letter, ``Utility Scale Wind Towers from 
India: Petitioner's Rebuttal Brief,'' dated July 27, 2021; Vestas's 
Letter, ``Utility Scale Wind Towers from India: Rebuttal Brief,'' 
dated July 27, 2021; and Tollers' Letter, ``Certain Utility Scale 
Wind Towers from India (C-533-898): Rebuttal Brief on Behalf of 
Respondents/Tolling Service Providers,'' dated July 27, 2021.
    \4\ See Hearing Transcript, ``Countervailing Duty Investigation 
on Utility-Scale Wind Towers from India,'' dated September 1, 2021.
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    A summary of the events that occurred since Commerce published the 
Preliminary Determination, as well as a full discussion of the issues 
raised by parties for this final determination, are discussed in the 
Issues and Decision Memorandum.\5\
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    \5\ See Memorandum, ``Issues and Decision Memorandum for the 
Final Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of 
Utility Scale Wind Towers from India,'' dated concurrently with, and 
hereby adopted by this notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum).
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Scope of the Investigation

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

Analysis of Subsidy Programs and Comments Received

    The subsidy programs under investigation and the issues raised in 
the case and rebuttal briefs by parties in this investigation are 
discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum. A list of the issues 
that parties raised is attached to this notice as Appendix II. The 
Issues and 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. In 
addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can 
be accessed directly at https://access.trade.gov/public/FRNoticesListLayout.aspx.

Verification

    Commerce was unable to conduct on-site verification of the 
information relied upon in making its final determination in this 
investigation. However, we took additional steps in lieu of an on-site 
verification to verify the information relied upon in making this final 
determination, in accordance with section 782(i) of the Tariff Act of 
1930, as amended (the Act).\6\
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    \6\ See GRI Towers' Letter, ``Certain Utility Scale Wind Towers 
from India (C-533-898): Submission of In-Lieu-Of-Verification (ILOV) 
Questionnaire Response--GRI India,'' dated July 13, 2021; Vestas's 
Letter, ``Utility Scale Wind Towers from India: Response to the In 
Lieu of On-site Verification (ILOV) Questionnaire,'' dated July 13, 
2021; and Windar's Letter, ``Certain Utility Scale Wind Towers from 
India (C-533-898): Submission of In-Lieu-Of-Verification (ILOV) 
Questionnaire Response--Windar India,'' dated August 31, 2021.
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Methodology

    Commerce conducted this investigation in accordance with section 
701 of the Act. For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, 
Commerce 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.\7\ For a full description 
of the methodology underlying our final determination, see the Issues 
and Decision Memorandum.
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    \7\ See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding 
financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding 
benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity.
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    As discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, because several 
respondents did not act to the best of their ability in responding to 
our requests for information, we drew adverse inferences, where 
appropriate, in selecting from among the facts otherwise available, 
pursuant to

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sections 776(a) and 776(b) of the Act. The respondents Naiks Brass & 
Iron Works, Nordex India Pvt., Prommada Hindustan, Suzlon Energy, 
Vinayaka Energy Tek, Wish Energy Solutions Pvt Ltd, and Zeeco India 
Pvt. Ltd. did not respond to Commerce's quantity and value 
questionnaire, and we have continued to use an adverse inference in our 
selection of facts available for determining the subsidy rates for 
these companies, pursuant to section 776(d) of the Act. For further 
information, see the section ``Use of Facts Otherwise Available and 
Adverse Inferences'' in the accompanying Issues and Decision 
Memorandum.

Changes Since the Preliminary Determination

    Based on our review and analysis of the comments received from 
parties and our verification findings, we made certain changes to the 
subsidy rate calculations for Vestas. For a discussion of these 
changes, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum.

All-Others Rate

    In accordance with section 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act, we continue to 
assign the countervailable subsidy rate calculated for Vestas as the 
all-others rate applicable to all exporters and/or producers not 
individually examined.\8\
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    \8\ See Preliminary Determination.
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Final Determination

    In accordance with section 705(c)(1)(B)(i)(I) of the Act, we 
calculated an individual estimated subsidy rate for Vestas. We 
determine that the following total estimated net countervailable 
subsidy rates exist:

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                      Producer/exporter                         valorem
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Vestas Wind Technology India Private Limited................        2.25
Naiks Brass & Iron Works *..................................      397.70
Nordex India Pvt *..........................................      397.70
Prommada Hindustan *........................................      397.70
Suzlon Energy *.............................................      397.70
Vinayaka Energy Tek *.......................................      397.70
Wish Energy Solutions Pvt Ltd *.............................      397.70
Zeeco India Pvt. Ltd *......................................      397.70
All Others..................................................        2.25
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* Rate based on adverse facts available.

Disclosure

    We intend to disclose to interested parties the calculations and 
analysis performed in this final determination within five days of the 
date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 
351.224(b).

Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation

    As a result of our Preliminary Determination, and pursuant to 
sections 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, Commerce instructed U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of entries 
of subject merchandise as described in the scope of the investigation 
section, that were entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for 
consumption on or after the date of publication of the Preliminary 
Determination in the Federal Register. In accordance with section 
703(d) of the Act, we instructed CBP to discontinue the suspension of 
liquidation for CVD purposes for subject merchandise entered, or 
withdrawn from warehouse, on or after July 23, 2021, but to continue 
the suspension of liquidation of all entries from March 25, 2021 
through July 22, 2021.
    If the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issues a final 
affirmative injury determination, we will issue a CVD order, reinstate 
the suspension of liquidation under section 706(a) of the Act, and 
require a cash deposit of estimated countervailing duties for such 
entries of subject merchandise in the amounts indicated above. If the 
ITC determines that material injury, or threat of material injury, does 
not exist, this proceeding will be terminated, and all estimated duties 
deposited or securities posted as a result of the suspension of 
liquidation will be refunded or canceled.

ITC Notification

    In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the 
ITC of our determination. Because the final determination in this 
proceeding is affirmative, in accordance with section 705(b) of the 
Act, the ITC will make its final determination as to whether the 
domestic industry in the United States is materially injured, or 
threatened with material injury, by reason of imports of wind towers 
from Indonesia no later than 45 days after our final determination. If 
the ITC determines that material injury or threat of material injury 
does not exist, the proceeding will be terminated, and all cash 
deposits will be refunded. If the ITC determines that material injury 
or threat of material injury does exist, Commerce will issue a CVD 
order directing CBP to assess, upon further instruction by Commerce, 
countervailing duties on all imports of the subject merchandise 
entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the 
effective date of the suspension of liquidation, as discussed above in 
the ``Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation'' section.

Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders

    In the event the ITC issues a final negative injury determination, 
this notice will serve as the only reminder to parties subject to an 
administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility 
concerning the destruction of proprietary information disclosed under 
APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written 
notification of the return or destruction of APO materials or 
conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to 
comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation subject 
to sanction.

Notification to Interested Parties

    This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 
705(d) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(c).

    Dated: October 6, 2021.
Christian Marsh,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

Scope of the Investigation

    The merchandise covered by this investigation 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

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wind towers or sections thereof, unless those components are shipped 
with the tower sections.
    Merchandise covered by this investigation 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 
investigation is dispositive.

Appendix II

List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences
IV. Subsidies Valuation Information
V. Analysis of Programs
VI. Analysis of Comments
    Comment 1: Whether Commerce Should Apply Adverse Facts Available 
(AFA) to Vestas Wind Technology India Private Limited (Vestas)
    Comment 2: Whether the Advance Authorization Program (AAP) is 
Tied to Non-Subject Merchandise
    Comment 3: Whether Commerce Should Revise its Benefit 
Methodology for the Duty Drawback (DDB) Program
    Comment 4: Whether Commerce Unlawfully Cumulated Vestas's 
Benefits With the Benefits of its Tollers
    Comment 5: Whether the Merchandise Export Incentive Scheme 
(MEIS) Program is Tied to Non-Subject Merchandise
    Comment 6: Whether the Provision of Land for Less Than Adequate 
Remuneration (LTAR) by the Gujarat Industrial Development 
Corporation (GIDC) is Specific and Confers Countervailable Benefits
    Comment 7: Whether the Provision of Water for LTAR Conferred a 
Benefit
    Comment 8: Whether Commerce Correctly Attributed Benefits for 
the Export Promotion of Capital Goods (EPCG) Program
    Comment 9: Whether the AAP and DDB Programs are Countervailable 
Under the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM 
Agreement)
    Comment 10: Whether Commerce Correctly Applied AFA to the 
Government of India (GOI)
    Comment 11: Whether Commerce Correctly Initiated New Subsidy 
Allegations (NSAs)
VII. Recommendation

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