Ontario, Canada Building a Smarter Energy System

With support from the Government of Ontario, GE opened its 200,000-square-foot Grid IQ Innovation Centre in Markham.

Ontario, in partnership with GE Canada, is building a smarter, more reliable electrical grid.


With support from the Government of Ontario, GE opened its 200,000-square-foot Grid IQ Innovation Centre in Markham. Researchers at the new facility will use cutting-edge technology -- including a 60-foot-wide video screen that demonstrates smart grid solutions -- to research, develop, and build a smarter energy system.

Smart grid technologies will help control power usage in homes, offices and other facilities with the use of an internet connection -- making the electricity system more reliable and efficient.

QUOTES
"The opening of GE's Grid IQ Innovation Centre represents a global win for our energy system and our economy. With a skilled workforce, leading researchers, and some of the lowest corporate taxes in the world, it's no surprise that GE chose Ontario as its global, smart grid base."
– Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Innovation

"Today, we've reached another milestone in making Ontario a smart grid leader, as we celebrate innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and invention. Companies like GE are taking bold steps to make the smart grid a reality and enhance reliability of our energy system."
– Chris Bentley, Minister of Energy

QUICK FACTS
In September 2009, GE Canada and the Ontario government signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support long-term investments from GE in the province.
The government has cut taxes on business investment in half, making the province more competitive and encouraging new businesses to invest in Ontario.

For more information, contact:
Ainsley Martin, Media Relations, Brand Marketing
Tel: 416-314-8704
E-mail: ainsley.martin@ontario.ca

Colleen McKenna, Account Executive, Bliss Integrated Communication
Tel: 312-252-7318
E-mail: colleen@blissintergrated.com

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