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Embedded Generation

We understand the growing appetite in New Brunswick for sustainable, renewable energy projects. The Embedded Generation Program supports these projects by allowing these small-scale, locally owned generators to connect to our distribution system and begin supplying renewable energy onto the grid.

To qualify for this program, applicants must meet the following criteria for local ownership and renewable resources:

Local ownership

  • A local entity,
  • An Aboriginal Business,
  • An individual who is a resident of the Province,
  • A sole proprietorship, the proprietor of which is a resident of the province
  • A corporation as defined in the Business Corporations Act and in which a majority of the voting shares is beneficially owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by one or more individuals who are residents of the Province.

Renewable sources

  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Hydro
  • Ocean
  • Biogas
  • Biomass
  • Landfill Gas

Transmission connections

If it seems possible that the project will export energy onto the transmission system during its lifespan, the applicant will be responsible for the following:

  • Project metering upgrades.
  • Distribution system upgrades.
  • Substation metering upgrades.
  • Possible communication and telemetry upgrades (SCADA).
  • Other related materials and labour costs to accommodate generator for export to transmission system.

Once export to the transmission system is anticipated, no additional embedded generation projects will be allowed on the affected substation.

Payment for export to the transmission system will be based on 90% of NB Power’s avoided cost, which varies hourly and is dependent on both pricing of fuel and the electricity market. Annual average rates of 5 cents/kWh or less should be anticipated.

NB Power re-established the capacity limit for the program in 2016 to a total of 20MW of embedded generation.

The present tariff for Embedded Generation is 10.642 ¢/kWh.