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Smart Grid Technology Coming To Ontario

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Smart Grid Technology Coming To Ontario

McGuinty Government Building A Smarter, Cleaner, More Reliable Electricity System

The Ontario government is investing in a fund to give families and businesses more control over how and when they use electricity. 

This fund will develop a smart grid, which among other things will allow consumers to control appliances and lights in their homes from anywhere at anytime.

Smart grid technology delivers electricity from the supplier to homeowner using two-way digital communications, which helps consumers control their electricity use and costs. A smart grid will also ensure consumers have reliable, clean power by letting utility companies pinpoint and automatically fix power outages.

Building a smart grid is an important part of Ontario's plan to bring more clean power online. It is also a key element of the McGuinty government's Long-Term Energy Plan to revitalize Ontario's electricity system, clean up the air we breathe by shutting down coal-fired power and keep the lights on in homes and businesses.

To help Ontarians manage the costs of turning on more clean, reliable power, the government is:

  • Taking 10 per cent off monthly electricity bills for families, farms and small businesses over the next five years with the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit.
  • Moving the Time-of-Use off-peak period for electricity from 9 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays starting May 1, 2011. This will provide an extra 10 hours of electricity each week at the lowest available rate.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario will invest $50 million to support the growth of Ontario's smart grid and create jobs.
  • An average household can expect to save about $150 each year over the next five years through the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit.
  • The Conference Board of Canada estimates Canada's electricity sector will require more than $15 billion in investment annually over the next 20 years to replace or refurbish aging infrastructure and meet growing electricity needs.
  • Coal-fired generation is down 90 per cent in the first three months of 2011 compared to the same timeframe in 2003.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has gone from just 10 wind turbines to more than 800 today.
  • Ontario has conserved more than 1,700 MW of electricity since 2005 - the equivalent of taking more than half a million homes off the electricity grid.

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“Ontario is building a clean, reliable electricity system that families and businesses can depend on today and into the future. As we make these crucial investments, we are helping Ontarians with their electricity bills and giving them more tools to manage their electricity use.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Energy

“A smart grid will mean a modern, more reliable electricity system for Vaughan and Ontario families. This is an important step as we rebuild our system to provide families with clean, reliable power.”

Greg Sorbara

MPP for Vaughan

“As a municipally-owned electricity distribution company, PowerStream recognizes the value and benefits a smart grid brings to our customers and the communities we serve. We welcome the government's investment in Ontario's smart grid and applaud Minister Duguid for this tremendous initiative”

Frank Scarpitti

Chair of PowerStream Inc. and Mayor of the Town of Markham

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