The Government of Alberta’s Micro-Generation Regulation allows Albertans to generate their own environmentally-friendly electricity to power their home, farm or business. Micro-generation customers remain connected to the distribution system (grid), so they can obtain electrical power when needed from the grid and also receive credit from their retailer for any excess power they send into the grid. The intent of the regulation is for the generator to be sized no larger than the electrical requirement, as stated in the regulation: “generator to meet all or a portion of the customer’s electrical needs”.
Micro-generation generating units must use a renewable or alternative fuel sources such as solar panels, small-scale hydro, wind, biomass, micro-cogeneration and fuel cells. The maximum generating capacity is one Megawatt (1MW) and the regulation allows for qualified micro-generators to have their connection costs paid for by the distribution utility.
Interested in generating your own electricity?
The Alberta Utility Commission (AUC) oversees the implementation of Micro-Generation Regulation. They have developed processes to simplify approvals and interconnection agreements.
- Review the Alberta Utility Commission (AUC) Micro-Generator Application Guideline. It provides a step-by-step summary of the application process and helps customers understand safety, equipment, installations and legal matters.
- Complete the EQUS Micro-Generation Application and submit it to your Area Office.
Questions about generating your own electricity?
- Visit the AUC website for full details on micro-generation.
- Review EQUS’ frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to micro-generation as an EQUS member-owner.
All members are free to purchase electricity services through EQUS’ regulated rate tariff or from a retailer of their choice. The delivery of electricity to you is not affected by your choice. If you change who you purchase electricity services from, you will continue receiving electricity from EQUS. For a current list of retailers you may choose from, visit http://www.ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310.4822 (toll free in Alberta).