Saturday, February 24th, 2018

US takes India to WTO on solar energy

A worker sprays water onto panels at India's first 1MW canal-top solar power plant in Mehsana on April 22, 2012The United States said it was taking India to the WTO to open up its solar industry, raising a new dispute weeks after a bitter feud over a diplomat's arrest. The United States asked for talks under the World Trade Organization to change India's requirements for the use of domestic content as part of the energy-hungry country's ambitious plan to boost solar power. "This kind of discrimination is against WTO rules and we are determined to stand up for US workers and businesses," US Trade Representative Michael Froman told reporters on Monday. Froman insisted that the action was consistent with calls by President Barack Obama's administration to work with India on renewable energy.

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