Wind Power Monthly
The termination of domestic content requirements in Ontario, following a failed appeal against a World Trade Organisation ruling, will simplify things for developers and their financiers, but questions remain about how manufacturers drawn to the province by the promise of a captive market will fare as the government revamps its green-energy policies.
“A number of companies have come into Ontario and invested in the belief that it would allow them a market share,” says Valerie Kuhns, a representative of the Ontario Clean Technology Alliance, a group of local development agencies that joined forces to attract renewable-energy manufacturing investment to their communities. “With the changes in the regulations, that is not necessarily going to be the case now. I’m sure they are looking at their business plans and wondering what the market opportunity is in the long term.”
Ontario launched a groundbreaking feed-in tariff (FIT) programme in 2009. It was the first North American jurisdiction to adopt the policy framework that had helped drive wind deployment in Europe and elsewhere. But coming as it did on the heels of a global financial crisis that hit the province’s traditional manufacturing base hard, the programme was as much about job creation as green energy. Read article