WTO rules Ontario green energy tariff unfair

CBC News
The World Trade Organization appears to have upheld a complaint against the Province of Ontario’s green energy program.

The complaint was made by the EU and Japan, which claim the province’s “feed-in tariff” program for its energy grid discriminates against foreign component manufacturers by declaring a minimum percentage of renewable energy goods and services be provided by Ontario-based companies.

According to the Green Energy Act, wind and solar projects in Ontario made between 2009 and 2011 must contain at least 25 per cent Ontario-made content, and projects coming on-stream in 2012 must be at least 50 per cent made in Ontario.

Free trade dispute
Japan and the EU alleged such tariffs are unfair, and a hindrance to free trade. Although the WTO has yet to acknowledge any decision publicly, reports Monday suggest the affected parties have been notified of the organization’s decision to side with the complainants. Read article

12 thoughts on “WTO rules Ontario green energy tariff unfair

  1. Maybe we can send all these guys to work at Desertec….

    Desertec was set up in 2009 with a projected budget of 400bn euros to tap the enormous potential of solar and other renewables in North Africa.

    The hope was that by 2050, around 125 gigawatts of electric power could be generated. This would meet all the local needs and also allow huge amounts of power to be exported to Europe via high-voltage direct current cables under the Mediterranean sea.

    But three years later, the project has little to show for its efforts. Two large industrial partners, Siemens and Bosch, have decided they will no longer be part of the initiative.

    Keep them all busy and out of our hair… In the middle of the Sahara on a dead project…. Thumbs up eh?

      • I guess you didn’t read the entire article.

        “The Progressive Conservatives said the WTO ruling is proof the green energy act, which pays generous premiums for wind and solar-generated electricity, should be withdrawn.

        “This means there’s absolutely no way the Liberal government will be able to come close to its target of 50,000 green jobs being created,” said PC energy critic Vic Fedeli.

        “It’s just the latest in a series of failures for the (feed-in-tariff) program, and it’s time to scrap it.”

      • No, I did see that…

        But I have not seen the PCs produce a COMPREHENSIVE analysis detailing all the “series of failures” of Dalton’s green energy experiments..

        The evidence has been overwhelming for years. Citizens need our Members of Provincial Parliament to explain it to them. I can’t, for the life of me, understand why the PCs have not been more eager to do this…

      • I’m afraid the PCs and Conservatives ARE influenced by members invested in these green schemes.

        For some reason, promoters like energy01 want us to believe that these fat cats are different than Liberal fat cats…

      • Shocked, you can hurl accusations and insinuations all you like, but it will get you nowhere. Please excuse me if I don’t care to join your ‘pity party’. Some of us prefer to use our time more constructively. Carry on.

      • Last I checked, the Ontario government is plowing full-steam ahead with these green schemes. So, there’s no evidence to indicate that your approach is any more productive than mine.

        But, if it makes you feel important to promote Tim Hudak, knock yourself out.

  2. As my last posting didn’t make it, I will
    clean this one up a bit. The Ontario made
    content is as much of a sham as green energy
    itself. Most of the Ontario industry would
    appear to be based on the premise that you
    can import components, wrap a ribbon around
    them and somehow come to the conclusion that
    the product has been manufactured in Ontario.

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