US wins WTO dispute against India’s solar rules - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

US wins WTO dispute against India’s solar rules

Agencies | By, Geneva
Feb 24, 2016 11:12 PM IST

The United States complained to the WTO in 2013 about the Indian solar programme, which sought to ease chronic energy shortages in Asia’s third-largest economy without creating pollution.

The United States won a ruling against India at the World Trade Organization on Wednesday after challenging the rules on the origin of solar cells and solar modules used in India’s national solar power programme.

In a statement, the US Trade Representative’s office called the ruling a significant victory that would hasten the spread of solar energy across the world and support clean-energy jobs in the United States.

Hindustan Times - your fastest source for breaking news! Read now.

The United States complained to the WTO in 2013 about the Indian solar programme, which sought to ease chronic energy shortages in Asia’s third-largest economy without creating pollution.

But a requirement that certain cells and modules be made in India fell afoul of WTO rules on discriminating against imports. The United States said its solar exports to India had fallen by 90% from 2011, when India imposed the rules.

The WTO ruling, which can be appealed within 60 days, was repeatedly delayed as the two sides tried to negotiate a settlement. An Indian official had said a compromise might let India subsidise state projects such as defence or railway projects.

Indian officials were not immediately available to comment on the WTO ruling.

But India is likely to appeal against the ruling that has stated that the country’s power purchase agreements with solar firms were “inconsistent” with international norms, reports PTI.

The rulings of the WTO’s dispute settlement panel can be challenged in the WTO’s Appellate body.

The decision to move to the Appellate Body would be taken after consulting the ministry of new and renewable energy, an official source said.

India has about three months time to appeal in the Appellate Body.

Unlock a world of Benefits with HT! From insightful newsletters to real-time news alerts and a personalized news feed – it's all here, just a click away!- Login Now!
Stay informed on Business News, Vijay Shekhar Sharma along with Gold Rates Today, India News and other related updates on Hindustan Times Website and APPs
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, February 29, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On