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.

"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

• 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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