What is net metering?
Net metering measures the amount of electricity you use against the amount of electricity you generate. The "net" difference is the amount on which your bill is calculated. Generation credits can be carried forward for up to 12 months. Bluewater Power does not pay you for excess generation.
What type of generation qualifies for net metering?
Any combination of wind, solar, water or agricultural biomass with a total nameplate rating of 500 kW or less.
What approvals are required to connect to Bluewater Power's distribution system?
All generator equipment must be CSA certified or site certified by the Electrical Safety Authority. The installation of all generation facilities must be approved by the ESA; proof of Connection Authorization must be provided to Bluewater Power prior to connection. You must have an isolation switch between the meter and your equipment (visible, accessible and lockable) per the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.
What agreements are required to connect to Bluewater Power's distribution system?
Your generation facility must comply with certain requirements. Meter replacement is required in order to bill you on a net metering basis and to comply with Measurement Canada requirements. Please see the section “Technical Requirements” for detailed information.
What are the technical requirements for net metering generation facilities?
Your generation facility must comply with certain requirements. Meter replacement is required in order to bill you on a net metering basis and to comply with Measurement Canada requirements. Please see the section "Technical Information" for detailed information.
Can I use my own power during a power outage?
Your generator must have special transfer and isolating capabilities installed to ensure your generation facility cannot feed into the Bluewater Power distribution system during an outage.
Who is responsible for the connection costs?
You will be responsible for the cost of any modifications to Bluewater Power’s distribution system that are required to connect your generation facility, including transformer changes.