The WTO vs. Ontario: Addressing the Bigger Picture of Trade and Renewable Energy

29 October 2012:

Renewable Energy World Online:

In a move that will likely set a worldwide precedent barring governments from imposing local content requirements to their feed-in tariff programs, a forthcoming World Trade Organization report indicates that it will side with the European Union and Japan against the Canadian province of Ontario. Although the official report is not expected to be released until November, a leaked preliminary dispute settlement floated by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) signals the WTO’s acceptance of two separately filed claims of protectionism against Ontario. Both Japan and the EU have claimed Ontario’s feed-in tariff (FIT) program discriminates against foreign green energy manufacturers and unduly pressures local companies to purchase hardware from local suppliers. Read more…

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