Ontario domestic content investigation
Two complaints – DS412 (Canada-Renewable Energy) and DS426 (Canada-Feed-in Tariff) – were submitted to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2010 and 2011 by Japan and the EU. The two claim Canada's Ontario is breaching international conventions by requiring new solar and wind facilities to be built with 60% and 25% of locally manufactured components, respectively. On October 19, 2012, the WTO ruled that Ontario’s FIT does indeed breach its rules: Ontario has appealed the decision. Japan and the EU have now launched a cross appeal, stating that the program should also be classed as an illegal subsidy.
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Apr. 13, 2012, Can Ontario require ‘domestic content' for FIT eligibility?
Just how important is “home advantage” to players in the renewable energy sector? It could be a game changer, according to Japan and the European Union, both of which have brought complaints against Canada for violating the rules of fair competition. Read full story