The Ontario government has launched its clean energy economic development strategy, which it says will create more jobs in the clean energy sector.
The strategy establishes the following goals:
- Continue progress in wind and solar energy by supporting companies that are looking to export their Ontario-made products and services;
- Take advantage of the province's leadership in smart meters and the smart grid, including grid automation, data management and consumer-facing ways to engage Ontarians in energy usage; and
- Explore the potential of energy storage.
The government will take several steps to accomplish these goals, including the following:
- Establishing the Ontario Clean Energy Task Force – which will include energy experts from the industry and associations – to help facilitate collaboration within Ontario's clean energy industry and to identify export markets, marketing opportunities and approaches to demonstrate Ontario's advanced clean energy systems;
- Leading cleantech trade missions to support domestic manufacturers by showcasing Ontario's clean energy solutions in key markets worldwide, including Asia, the Middle East and the U.S.; and
- Delivering on the province's Smart Grid Fund and other targeted investments to spur innovation in priority areas.