Today many home, farm and small business owners are considering the installation of alternative forms of electricity generation such as renewable electricity generation (embedded generation) and connecting it to run in parallel with the Local Distribution Company (LDC) electrical system. Examples are the installation of small wind turbines, photovoltaic (solar) systems, micro-hydro turbines or renewable bio-mass, bio-fuel, biogas or water power. These systems are intended not only to reduce the amount of power purchased from the local electricity distribution company but also to export electricity to the LDC to generate revenue for the owners/operators. Where these systems are powered from renewable sources such as wind, flowing water or sunlight they also provide environmental benefits.
Technological improvements, regulatory reform, increased environmental consciousness, and Ontario’s goal of increasing Renewable Electricity Generation capacity by 8000 Megawatts (MW) before the year 2025 has provided an opportunity to introduce wind, solar, bioenergy, and small hydro generation systems into the provincial energy mix. In order to encourage development of micro, small, and medium sized Renewable Energy Generation facilities, the Provincial Government has introduced the FIT/microFIT Program for Renewable Energy Supply in addition to Net Metering options for those interested in supplying renewable energy through their local electricity distribution system. EG is any type of electrical generator or static inverter producing alternating current that has the capability of parallel operation with Niagara Peninsula Energy’s Distribution System, or is designed to operate separately from Niagara Peninsula Energy’s Distribution System and can supply a load that can also be fed by Niagara Peninsula Energy’s system.