WTO Upholds Finding Against Ontario Green Energy Sourcing Rules

May 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

The World Trade Organization upheld a
complaint filed by the European Union and Japan against local-
content requirements in the Canadian province of Ontario’s
green-energy program.

The WTO’s Appellate Body today maintained a previous finding
that provisions in Ontario’s Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program
requiring a minimum local content in renewable power projects
violate the WTO’s “national treatment” rules, Bloomberg BNA
reported.

Under these rules, countries must not treat imported goods
differently from locally produced goods in the application of
national laws, regulations and requirements. The FIT program
grants generators of wind and solar energy a guaranteed price
for power delivered into the provincial electricity system
provided they meet a minimum required domestic content level in
the development and construction of the qualifying generation
facility.

To contact the reporter on this story:
Daniel Pruzin in Geneva at pruzin@bluewin.ch

To contact the editor responsible for this story:
James Hertling at
jhertling@bloomberg.net

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