WTO Rules Against Ontario Green Energy Project Requirements

Law360, New York (December 19, 2012, 4:56 PM EST) -- The World Trade Organization said Wednesday that some Canadian domestic content requirements for wind and solar energy projects violated the world body's rules, mostly siding with Japan and the European Union in their challenge to the policies.

The WTO's dispute resolution body said the requirements implemented by the Canadian province of Ontario — which premised access to energy subsidies on using Canadian-built equipment — unfairly discriminated against foreign manufacturers and were inconsistent with the country's obligations to free trade.

The body rejected claims, however, that Ontario's...
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