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Japan takes Canada to WTO on green buy-local rules 

Credit:  Reporting by Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck; Editing by Alison Williams, Reuters, ca.reuters.com 1 June 2011 ~~

Japan asked the World Trade Organization on Wednesday to form a legal panel to decide whether Canadian provincial backing for solar and wind energy gives an unfair advantage to Canadian equipment makers.

Japan has given up attempts to resolve amicably a spat over an Ontario scheme that guarantees prices for renewable energy as long as it is generated with Canadian-made equipment, Japan’s ambassador to the WTO said in a letter to the chairman of the WTO’s disputes division.

“Consultations failed to resolve the dispute. As a result, Japan respectfully requests that a panel be established to examine this matter,” Japanese Ambassador Yoichi Otabe wrote.

The dispute stokes a larger debate over plans by countries including Canada, the United States and China among others to reserve public works as well as energy and environmental projects worth billions of dollars for local firms.

“Japan is seriously concerned about a possible proliferation of such protectionist measures all over the world,” Japan said in a statement.

Canadian officials in Ottawa were not immediately available for comment.

Japan says that an environmental scheme operated by the Ontario provincial government violates Canada’s obligations as a WTO member.

In May 2009 Ontario set a minimum feed-in tariff for electricity generated from renewable sources – part of Canada’s battle against climate change – but reserved this for generators partially or completely built in Canada.

Japan says the local-content clause is illegal and cites Ontario’s decision in January 2011 to further raise the local content requirement.

WTO members will discuss the opening of legal proceedings on June 17, with Canada likely to ask for a delay while it studies Japan’s complaint.

Source:  Reporting by Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck; Editing by Alison Williams, Reuters, ca.reuters.com 1 June 2011

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