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Posted February 1, 2011

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Clean Technology

Ontario Clean Technology Alliance attends EUEC 2011 to advance aggressive policy goals through increased trade on energy efficiency technologies

New Ontario $50 million Smart Grid initiative will launch in 2011 to enable research, capital and demonstration projects

Guelph – Executives from the Ontario Clean Technology Alliance are attending 2011’s Energy, Utility & Environment Conference in Phoenix, AZ this week to invite environmental technology companies from around the world to participate in the Province of Ontario’s clean technology revolution. The Canadian province offers North America’s most advanced green energy policies, targeted incentives and a generous Feed-in Tariff Program to expansion-minded clean technology companies.

The Ontario Power Authority’s FIT Program is modeled after successful programs in Germany and France. It features North America’s first comprehensive, guaranteed pricing structure for renewable electricity production, offering stable prices under long-term contracts for solar photovoltaic, on-shore and off-shore wind, biomass, biogas, landfill gas, and waterpower energy.

In the Spring of 2011, Ontario will launch a $50 million Smart Grid initiative that will enable research, capital and demonstration projects. A Smart Grid will put in place modern grid infrastructure required to help homeowners monitor and control their energy usage through home automation and enable smart charging of electric vehicles. Ontario’s Smart Grid initiative is open for business to attract companies from around the world offering complimentary technologies.

Ontario is home to 110 head offices of clean technology companies that are predominantly engaged in the development and marketing and/or use of their own proprietary technology to deliver products or services that reduce or eliminate negative environmental impacts. Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) projects that by 2015, these Ontario clean technology companies will generate revenues in excess of $1 billion. In addition there are more than 2,800 environmental industry companies in Ontario, generating approximately $7 billion in revenue and employing 65,000 people.

Ontario is a North American leader in the adoption of green energy policies with its passing of the Green Energy Act in May 2009. Other targeted programs available to the alternative energy and clean technology sector include: Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund, Ontario Innovation Demonstration Fund, Ontario Power Authority Technology Development Fund, SDTC Sustainable Tech Fund, and SDTC’s NextGen Biofuels Fund.

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