Japan challenges Canada's energy measures at WTO

Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:22am EDT
 
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GENEVA, Jun (Reuters) - Japan complained to the World Trade Organization on Friday that Canada's programme providing long-term guaranteed pricing for renewable energy production discriminated against foreign providers, a WTO spokeswoman said.

Japan argued that the Ontario province's measures constituted prohibited subsidies in violation of WTO rules.

This was because they provided guaranteed, long-term pricing for the output of renewable energy generation facilities that contain a defined percentage of domestic content, it said.

But Canada said it was confident that its legislation and the so-called feed-in tariff programme in Ontario, aimed at increasing the supply of renewable energy in the province, were consistent with WTO rules.

Canada blocked establishment of the panel, which is automatically set up upon the second request, the WTO spokeswoman said.

The next monthly meeting of the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body is set for July 20.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Elizabeth Fullerton)