At NB Power, we have been seeing an increase in the amount of companies and individuals who are interested in generating electricity using an environmentally sustainable energy source. As a result, we have implemented an Embedded Generation program which complements our existing net metering program.
With the embedded generation program, potential developers, or Independent Power Producers (IPP), can connect their environmentally sustainable generation unit to our 12 kV distribution system. Typical embedded generators may include a landfill or a sawmill.
The embedded generation unit may range in size from 100 kW to 3,000 kW. However, certain areas of the distribution system are more limited than others therefore generation output may be limited or restricted in certain areas of the province. Size limitations are determined as part of the application process.
Unlike net metering, the embedded generator's energy output is not used to offset the customer's existing electricity consumption. Rather, NB Power would purchase the renewable energy and environmental attributes at a set price called a Feed-in tariff.
The Feed-in tariff is designed to make it easier for IPP's to sell their electricity to our distribution system at a fixed, stable price and under a long-term contract.
The Feed-in tariff effective June 1, 2010 is 9.728 cents per kWh. This is based on the cost of electricity supplied from the distribution system and will be reviewed periodically and may be modified according to changing technological, market conditions and annual rate increases. Modifications will apply only to future contracts, not to existing contracts already executed.
How to get started.
Thank you for your interest in our Embedded Generation program. Below are some steps to help you research and enroll in the program:
Find out more:
- Ensure the proposed generation units use renewable energy sources compatible with Environment Canada's Environmental Choice Program Standards such as alternative use, biogas, biomass, solar, small hydro or wind. For more information visit EcoLogo ™
- Research potential suppliers of equipment that produces renewable energy to determine availability, costs and the amount of electricity that can be generated. You are encouraged to evaluate the amount of electricity you expect to produce and the economics of the project to determine the overall cost of electricity.
- Contact your municipality, local planning commissions, and other government departments to ensure that all requirements are being met for the generation unit you want to install. Projects may also be provincially regulated. For example, a provincial environmental impact assessment (EIA) is required if the project will affect a wetland greater than two hectares in size. A Watercourse and Wetland Alteration Permit (WAWA) is required for work within 30 m of a watercourse or a wetland. Biomass combustion facilities are subject to the Clean Air Act.
- Meet with NB Power to discuss the Embedded Generation Program. Please contact us at 1 800 663-6272.
- Review the technical requirements for connection as specified in the NB Power Technical Specifications for Independent Power Producers .