GE Canada has partnered with the Ontario government to establish the GE Grid IQ Innovation Centre in Markham, Ontario.

The new center will develop and manufacture smart grid products and services to help 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.

GE said the new center will ensure Ontario’s ability to compete on a global scale by providing the province with cutting edge smart grid technology.

The new center will detect outages and automatically re-route power to downed areas, and will manage the shutdown of downed power lines to increase safety and reduce fire hazards.

Ontario Energy minister Brad Duguid said that a smart grid will greatly enhance the reliability of Ontario’s electricity system and provide real choices to Ontarians in managing their electricity consumption.