- Allow residential, small commercial and farmers to get hourly price for generated power. Alberta hourly power prices tend to be higher at the times of a day when there is more solar power. As a result, solar power generators could capture higher revenues if hourly, not monthly prices are used for settlement.
- Pay back to distributed generators credits for transmission charges and partially distribution charges. Locally generated power is either consumed right on the site or by a neighbor next door, thus distributed generators elevate the load on transmission and distribution systems, and hence shall qualify for transmission and distribution credits.
- Subject to transformer capacity, approve net-positive micro-generators who produce more energy than their electricity consumption. If managed properly this change can improve the grid reliability and minimize the cost of distribution systems.
- Revise the micro-generation rules to permit virtual net-metering, where power generation and power consumption take place at different sites, possibly within the same municipality.
- Expedite the development of a protocol that will allow recognizing micro-generation GHG offset credits.
- Protect the regulation for $0.15/KWh paid to micro-generators for the excess of energy sold to the grid.
- Reward new buildings with high EnerGuide rating to support “Solar Ready” building best practices.
- For City of Edmonton, introduce Class “0” development permit (no cost) for roof-top solar arrays mounted flash to the roof.
- Set a time limit for wire service providers to install bi-directional meters. Once an interconnection agreement is signed and a final electrical inspection is passed, local wire service providers should have a limited timeframe to install bi-directional meters.
- Educate consumers about true cost of the renewable energy, power conservation and good practices for making optimal energy choices.
New Regulations for Renewable Energy in Alberta
Published: August 12, 2012