29 Oct '12, 1pm

The WTO vs. Ontario: Addressing the Bigger Picture of Trade and Renewable Energy: In a move that will likely se...

The WTO vs. Ontario: Addressing the Bigger Picture of Trade and Renewable Energy: In a move that will likely se...

In September of 2010, Japan filed an official dispute with the WTO claiming that certain provisions in Ontario’s FIT program directly violate Canada’s obligations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 — in specific, Articles III:4, III:5 and XXIII:1. These articles essentially bar governments from doing what Ontario stands accused of doing: requiring power generating companies that are participating in the FIT program to source a certain percentage of their equipment in Ontario. The local content requirement in Ontario is 25 percent for wind projects and 60 percent for solar. Japan further claimed that Ontario’s actions were out of compliance with Article 2.1 of the TRIMS Agreement and asked the WTO to view Ontario’s FIT program as an illegal subsidy. Following Japan’s lead and echoing the same concerns, the EU’s official dispute was filed in August ...

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