Did you know? In Alberta, you can generate your own electricity and supply it to the electrical grid. It's your right under the Alberta Electric Utilities Act and we'll support you, too. By working together with the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), we'll help ensure the energy produced is safe and reliable for all your friends and neighbours.
connection requirements and application guidelines to get started.
Ways to generate your own energy
Micro-generation in Alberta includes environmentally-friendly, small-scale energy generators like the following:
- Solar panels
- Small-scale hydro
- Fuel cell
These options produce less than one hundred and fifty kilowatts (150 kW) and will be connected to the electric distribution system - the grid that delivers energy to homes, businesses and farms across the province.
Benefits of generating your own energy
Micro-generation can help you save money and protect the environment. You'll receive credits based on the amount of electricity your site provides back to the electricity grid and those credits will show up on your monthly electricity bill based on your retailer's energy rate.
Further benefits of micro-generation:
- Generating part or all of your electricity supply locally.
- Peak shaving (generating a portion of your own electricity to reduce the amount you purchase during peak price periods).
- Standby or emergency generation.
- Having a green power source—some technologies produce zero or near-zero harmful emissions.
- Less costly generation in remote areas as it eliminates the need for distribution and transmission lines.
- Reducing demand on distribution and transmission lines.
Challenges of generating your own energy
Installing your own generation system isn't without its challenges, but we're here to provide support as you begin the connection process.
Some potential challenges to be aware of:
- The current process for interconnection of power resources is not standardized across all jurisdictions.
- Environmental regulations and permit processes have been developed for larger generation projects, which makes some smaller (i.e., private consumer-based) projects expensive.
- There are some contractual barriers, such as liability insurance requirements, fees, and extensive paperwork.
- Interconnection may involve working closely with several organizations that have competing priorities.