Canada loses trade appeal over Ontario’s green energy legislation

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TORONTO — Canada has lost an appeal at the World Trade Organization over Ontario’s green energy laws. Japan and the European Union brought the case three years ago, arguing that a part of the province’s green energy program requiring made-in-Ontario parts for wind and solar farms breaches international trade law.

They argued the incentives were illegal because they discriminated against foreign firms, a complaint that was upheld by a WTO adjudication panel in December 2012. The federal and Ontario governments say they’re reviewing the decision to see what it means.

Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says there are no plans to change the provincial legislation yet. He says it’s created tens of thousands of jobs in Ontario. “Our green energy initiatives are going to continue and they will continue to be job creators,” he said Monday. “But we are awaiting to determine the specific outcomes of that particular hearing and we will work with the federal government in our response.”

The feed-in-tariff system — established in 2009 — requires participating electricity generators in Ontario to source up to 60 per cent of their equipment in the province if they want to be eligible for subsidies. Read article

15 thoughts on “Canada loses trade appeal over Ontario’s green energy legislation

  1. No one expects Liberals to be truthful, but !0,000 green energy jobs? Name some, just where are these phantom positions?
    Low level temporary construction jobs and maintenance jobs sweeping of solar panels but even those don’t add to 10s of thousands.

  2. That guy Chiarelli is a lying, sniveling snake. The amount of jobs lost is astronomical….and they are permanent. The amount of jobs created is miniscule, but they are all temporary anyway. I hope they throw his sorry, lying butt in jail!!!

  3. What the decision means is that what the prov. gov. was doing was not legal…..what do they need? To be spoon-fed the information? NO MEANS NO……

  4. Won’t do much good to appeal anyway as solar panels, IWTs along with component parts will be made overseas.
    Seems the present government dosen’t read the world financial news and the GTA MSM dosen’t cover this for ordinary readers. How many in the GTA read the financial pages anyway?

    • Washington Post, May 3,2013
      “Chinese solar panel maker Suntech flames out”
      “Until now, policymakers in china have used subsidies to create a world-leading ‘green tech’ industry that would push the country up the economic value chain. But green tech dosen’t guarantee thriving businesses.”
      http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-05-03/business/38997721_1_china-development-bank-green-tech-solar
      The present Ontario government won’t acknowledge what is taking place in the world with renewable energy products production problems.
      Hiding these issues won’t make them go away and a WTO ruling in favour of Canada can’t change this situation either.

  5. On a scale of 1-10
    …..how pissed off is Prime Minister, Stephen Harper –
    with the McGuinty/Wynne Liberals?

    My guess: It’s a 10

    • Uncle Bob speaks – oh crap, now what?

      ‘[excerpt] Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says there are no plans to change the provincial legislation yet. He says it’s created tens of thousands of jobs in Ontario. “Our green energy initiatives are going to continue and they will continue to be job creators,” he said Monday. “But we are awaiting to determine the specific outcomes of that particular hearing and we will work with the federal government in our response.”’

      RE: ‘particular hearing’
      I wonder if a padded room – will be required?

  6. Havent current projects had crews from the states to clear lands and such? Everyone keep your cameras handy and on those truck logos.

    You can bet its up to us to moniter all this..not like anyone in the gov will be.

    They dont even have a map of projects remember!

    Geez what morons.. Jobs what jobs?!

    • If there are no logos then photograph the plates! It’s not illegal to photograph the plates. Using the plate numbers to identify the owner is illegal unless you have the legal authority to do this. The plate numbers are on view for all of the public to see them.

  7. This is the comment that I submitted at the Toronto Star article on the WTO judgement. Despite posting it twice, they refused to post it.

    “Excellent news! The government’s plans lie in ruins. Let this be the beginning of a spring offensive. Next in line should be dual victories at the Ostrander Point wind project appeals, a project that Premier Wynne claims she’s against, although she didn’t call off her MOEnv lawyers from defending the case. A spring election with a rout of the corrupt Liberals would be the icing on the cake.”

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