Ontario Helps GE Canada Expand In Markham
McGuinty Government Supports A Reliable Energy System, Creates 146 Jobs
Ontario's power grid is about to become smarter, more efficient and more reliable.
Through a partnership with the Ontario government, GE Canada is establishing the GE Grid IQ Innovation Centre in Markham, which will create 146 jobs in the area. The new Centre will develop and manufacture smart grid products and services to help Ontario's power grid:
- Detect outages and automatically re-route power to downed areas.
- Manage the shutdown of downed power lines to increase safety and reduce fire hazards.
- Keep critical organizations running if there is a power disruption.
Over time, smart grid technologies will provide Ontario families with the ability to control their power usage from the comfort of their home, office, cottage, or any place that has an internet connection.This new global centre of excellence will develop and manufacture smart grid products and services for Ontario and the world. It will ensure Ontario's ability to compete on a global scale by providing the province with cutting edge smart grid technology. This is an important part of the province's five-year Open Ontario plan to create new job opportunities and promote economic growth in the province's clean energy econ
- Over the next four years, GE expects to spend $18.5 million in R&D-related activities, developing its products and services.
- Ontario is providing $7.9 million towards the project, and GE is investing $40 million.
- The centre will also include a smart grid demonstration centre and lab facility which will be used to showcase their products and services to customers.
- GE is a recognized leader in the development of innovative clean energy technologies and products and employs more than 5,000 people across Ontario.
- In September 2009, GE Canada and the Ontario government signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support substantial long-term investments.
- GE's primary customers for the products developed are utilities. They currently are working with Hydro One on a project in Owen Sound.
- As a result of the province's tax changes, taxes on business investment were cut in half, making Ontario more competitive and encouraging new business investments.
“Through this important partnership, we are creating jobs and establishing centres of excellence for Ontarians in high-growth sectors of the economy. The global demand for clean technologies is increasing and today, we're taking another step forward in establishing Ontario as a market leader.”
“A smart grid will greatly enhance the reliability of Ontario's electricity system and provide real choices to Ontarians in managing their electricity consumption. This investment reaffirms our commitment to creating a strong, reliable, clean energy system while cleaning up the air we breathe for future generations.”
“GE is an integral part of our region's economy, and this latest investment is welcome news for our community. I'm pleased that our government continues to partner with local businesses, creating good jobs for people in Markham and throughout the province.”
Dr. Helena Jaczek
“Today's announcement is an excellent example of how business and government can partner to develop innovative technologies that address Ontario's needs while having applicability to sustainable energy demands globally.”