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    Unfair Play: India Accuses US in Double Standards on Renewable Energy

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    New Deli’s energy minister accused Washington in using the WTO against India it from promoting domestic renewable energy companies, calling it double standards policy.

    India's Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal told Indian NDTV channel that several US states apply policies, similar to those adopted in India, to promote their own renewable energy companies.

    According to Piyush Goyal, 16 states in the US "have similar Domestic Content Requirements when they procure solar panels for their energy needs".

    "(It is) very unfortunate that they took this route rather than promoting renewable energy in developing countries," he added.

    Earlier this year, the WTO ruled that India's requirement that only Indian products be used in solar panel manufacturing is "inconsistent" with a range of global trade regulations. This ruling was implemented following the US's claim.

    India filed an appeal against the WTO decision to the Organization's highest court — the Appellate Authority — pointing out that 16 US states apply have policies similar to Indian in effect. As New Dehli awaits the final judgment by the Appellate Authority, they also prepared 16 cases to be filed against American States on renewable energy policies.

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