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Depending on where the energy is coming from, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) requires you to meet different standards. To encourage environmentally friendly sources, the AUC has split the application process into two broad categories:

  1. Micro-generation (small and large)
  2. Distributed generation

Customers are free to apply for connection under any category as long as they meet the qualifying requirements. The table below lists common connection types for each type of customer. Please follow the provided links to the appropriate application page:

Category Generation Capacity
Small Micro-Gen (SMG) Less than 150 kW
Large Micro-Gen (LMG) At least 150 kW and less than 5 MW
Distributed Gen (DG) 5 MW and above
Large Micro-Gen (LMG) At least 150 kW and less than 5 MW

Small Micro-Generation

In Alberta, small micro-generation (SMG) refers to small-scale (less than 150 kW) electric power generators that produce electricity to supply a customer's site. The intent of SMG is to meet all or a portion of your electricity needs and potentially feed power into the electric distribution system.

The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) requires that you use renewable, environmentally friendly energy sources such as fuel cells, solar panels, geothermal, biomass, wind, or hydro for SMG.

The following criteria must be met for a generating unit to be considered SMG (small micro-generation criteria[1]):

  • Exclusively uses sources of renewable or alternative energy
  • Is intended to meet all or a portion of the customer's electricity needs
  • Is, at the time of construction, sized to the customer's anticipated load
  • Has a total nominal capacity not exceeding 150 kW
  • Is interconnected through the utility's (EPCOR's) revenue meter

Large Micro-Generation

In Alberta, large micro-generation (LMG) refers to medium-scale (at least 150 kW and less than 5 MW) electric power generators that produce electricity to supply a customer's site and potentially feed power into the electric distribution system. The intent of LMG is to meet all or a portion of the customer's electricity needs.

The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) requires that you use renewable, environmentally friendly energy sources such as fuel cells, solar panels, geothermal, biomass, wind, or hydro for LMG.

The following criteria must be met for a generating unit to be considered LMG (LMG Criteria[1]):

  • Exclusively uses sources of renewable or alternative energy
  • Is intended to meet all or a portion of the customer's electricity needs
  • Is, at the time of construction, sized to the customer's anticipated load
  • Has a total nominal capacity at least 150 kW and not exceeding 5 MW
  • Is located on the customer's site or is adjacently leased to the customer's site

[1] Refer to AR 27/2008 Section 1-1(h) for more information on LMG Criteria.