Enhanced net metering program would encourage small scale renewable energy

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Enhanced net metering program would encourage small scale renewable energy

November 1, 2010

Halifax, NS – Today, Nova Scotia Power filed a proposal with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) to expand its existing Net Metering Program. The most significant change would allow customers to be paid for any overall surplus renewable electricity that they produce at their retail rate.

“Net metering is a great way for our customers to make a direct contribution to the renewable electricity transformation taking place in this province”, said Robin McAdam, Executive Vice President, Sustainability, NS Power.

Net Metering allows customers to generate electricity from a small renewable source to meet all or part of their own electrical requirements. NS Power has offered this option to its customers since 1989. More than 80 residential and business customers across the province participate.

“We have supported expansion of the program for some time and are delighted to bring forward these enhancements, said McAdam. “They were developed with input from government and other stakeholders to offer greater options and benefits for customers who wish to generate electricity for their own use.”

Under amendments to the Electricity Act, approved earlier this year by The Legislature, NS Power was asked to file plans for an enhanced net metering program by November 1st. Other highlights of the plan include:

  • Broader availability for customers
  • Covers all renewable resources
  • Increases power generation limits from 100 kilowatts (kW) to 1 megawatt (MW)
  • Allows customers to supply electricity to multiple meters under one account within a single distribution zone