Scotia Energy Electricity - Net Metering Program (Nova Scotia, Canada)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Nova Scotia

Applies to Utility Nova Scotia Power, Inc

Name Scotia Energy Electricity - Net Metering Program (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Policy Category Financial Incentive
Policy Type Net Metering
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Concentrating Solar Power, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector Utility

Program Administrator Nova Scotia Power, Inc
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source


Nova Scotia Power Inc. Net Metering allows residential and commercial customers to connect small, renewable energy generating units to the provincial power grid.

Generating units that produce renewable energy such as wind, solar, small hydro or biomass can be added to homes or businesses with the addition of a bi-directional meter. This meter monitors the electricity generated by the renewable energy system and also records conventional electricity consumption from Nova Scotia Power's system.

Net metering customers continue to pay a monthly base charge as normal. Commercial and industrial business customers, where applicable, will also pay their regular demand charges. If the renewable energy generating system produces more power than consumed, it is delivered to the provincial grid and the customer receives an energy credit that can be applied against future usage.

In accordance with the 2010 Energy Plan, the net metering program is now expanded. Customers will now be provided with an annual cash payment for any surplus energy that has not been applied to their power bills over the previous 12 months at a rate equal to what the customer pays for energy from the distribution grid.

The generator capacity limit has increased from 100 kilowatts (kW) to one megawatt (MW). Generators must be sized to meet a customer’s electricity consumption.

Customers will be able to use their generator to supply electricity to multiple owned metered accounts within a geographical area known as a distribution zone. So while a larger wind turbine may not be feasible to use at a single home, it could potentially be used to power multiple serviced premises in a given community.

Enhanced Net Metering provides two classes of service with different application processes. Residential and commercial customers can connect small, renewable energy generating units (100 kilowatts or less) to Nova Scotia Power's electrical grid. These customer-generators are known as Class 1 customers. Larger commercial or industrial customers are now also able to connect bigger generators (101 kilowatts up to 1000 kilowatts) to the grid. These customer-generators are known as Class 2 customers.

Policy Contact

Department Nova Scotia Power, Inc
Division Net Metering Program
Address P.O. Box 910
Place Halifax, Nova Scotia
Zip/Postal Code B3J 2W5