Canada to Appeal WTO Green Energy Ruling

December 21, 2012 by  
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Today’s Globe Mail reports the World Trade Organization decision released yesterday held that Ontario breached its obligations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) because the local content requirements essentially treat imported equipment and components differently than domestic products. Ontario requires companies selling FIT energy into the Province’s grid to source a proportion of their equipment and services in Ontario.

The complaints to the WTO were from Japan and the European Union. Because the WTO deals only with nations, the complaint and finding were against Canada, who will appeal at Ontario’s request.

Bentley, the Ontario Energy Minster, said through a spokesperson that Ontario’s position has always been that the FIT programme is consistent with Canada’s obligations.

The Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada said he would advise the next Premier to ignore the ruling.

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