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Canada set to lose WTO green energy dispute: report

Tue, 10/16/2012 - 9:25am
Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - Canada is set to lose a dispute at the World Trade Organization brought by the European Union and Japan over support for renewable energy in Ontario, according to a newsletter published by a Geneva-based trade think-tank.

Ontario's green scheme aimed to guarantee prices for renewable energy as long as it was generated with Canadian made equipment, which Japan described as protectionism when it brought the case against Canada.

The WTO adjudication panel considering the case has issued an "interim report" that says Canada was breaking WTO rules by requiring firms in the scheme to source up to 60 percent of their equipment locally.

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