Pickens issues NAFTA challenge to Canada over wind rules

Mesa Power Group – the wind development company owned by Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens – has begun a legal claim against the Canadian government, alleging that the province of Ontario’s green energy programme violates the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Mesa contends that two of its wind projects were placed at competitive disadvantage for 20-year power purchase contracts against NAFTA free-trade regulations.

The complaint comes after provincial feed-in tariff (FIT) administrator Ontario Power Authority made “last-minute” changes to rules for awarding them spelled out in the provincial Green Energy Act .

At stake were contracts that will pay premium rates for power generated from renewable energy sources in the Bruce transmission region in western Ontario. The power authority last month imposed a rule change that allowed projects Log in to read complete article.

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