Expanding Ontario's Clean Energy Economy
McGuinty Government Launches Clean Energy Economic Development Strategy
Ontario launched its Clean Energy Economic Development Strategy, which will create even more new jobs in the clean energy sector. The new strategy will leverage the province's clean energy experience to become a global leader in key areas of the energy sector. Our priority areas include:
- Continuing our progress in solar and wind energy by supporting companies that are looking to export their Ontario-made products and services to the world.
- Taking advantage of our global leadership in smart meters and the smart grid, including grid automation, data management and consumer-facing ways to engage Ontarians in the energy usage.
- Exploring the potential of energy storage.
Some of the action items we will undertake to deliver on this strategy include:
- Establishing the Ontario Clean Energy Task Force to help broaden Ontario's energy focus by facilitating collaboration within Ontario's clean energy industry to identify export markets, marketing opportunities and approaches to demonstrate Ontario's advanced clean energy systems. The Clean Energy Task Force will include energy experts from the industry and associations.
- Leading cleantech trade missions to support domestic manufacturers by showcasing Ontario's clean energy solutions in key markets world-wide including Asia, the Middle East and the United States
- Delivering on the province's Smart Grid Fund and other targeted investments to spur innovation in priority areas.
More than 100 Ontario-based clean energy leaders came together today at the London Energy Forum to exchange experiences and ideas for targeting new domestic and international markets, address market challenges and discuss export strategies for renewable energy components manufactured in Ontario.
- Developing a Clean Energy Economic Development Strategy was a key recommendation from the recent Feed-In Tariff Two Year Review.
- Since 2009, more than 30 businesses have announced they are setting up or expanding plants in Ontario to manufacture parts for the solar and wind industries.
- Ontario's green energy strategy has created over 20,000 jobs and is on track to create 50,000 jobs.
- Ontario has led over 15 Clean Tech trade missions since 2010, which have assisted Ontario companies to identify over $80 million in potential business opportunities in key markets worldwide.
“Today's Energy Forum was an opportunity to listen and learn about new ways to expand and take Ontario technologies abroad, create more jobs and investment opportunities in the province. Our new strategy will ensure the province is well positioned to embrace the many opportunities to export our knowledge and products to the clean energy sector globally, creating new jobs for Ontario families.”
“There is no better place to do business than Ontario, especially when it comes to clean energy. Ontario companies are at the forefront of this exciting opportunity and the province is a recognized leader. And this is creating a new exciting sector that will create thousands of great new jobs for our families.”