Embedded Generation (New Brunswick, Canada)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place New Brunswick

Applies to Utility NB Power

Name Embedded Generation (New Brunswick, Canada)
Policy Category Financial Incentive
Policy Type Performance-Based Incentive
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Concentrating Solar Power, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector Utility

Eligible System Size 100 kW to 3000 kW

Program Administrator NB Power
Primary Website http://www.nbpower.com/html/en/save_energy/renewable_projects/embedded_generation/embedded_generation.html
Applicable Jurisdiction New Brunswick, Canada

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source http://www.nbpower.com/html/en/save_energy/renewable_projects/embedded_generation/English%20Technical%20Specification%20for%20Independent%20Power%20Producers%20-%20June%202008.pdf


NB Power has seen an increase in the amount of companies and individuals who are interested in generating electricity using an environmentally sustainable energy source. As a result, NB Power has implemented an Embedded Generation program which complements their existing net metering program.

With the embedded generation program, potential developers, or Independent Power Producers (IPP), can connect their environmentally sustainable generation unit to NB Power's 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 NB Power's 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.

Policy Contact

Department NB Power

Phone 1 800 663-6272.

Website http://www.nbpower.com/html/en/save_energy/renewable_projects/embedded_generation/embedded_generation.html