In January 2009, the Government of Alberta implemented a regulation that makes it easier for Albertans to generate green electricity to power their own home, farm or business.
Micro-generating units must use a renewable, environmentally-friendly fuel source such as solar panels, small-scale hydro, wind, biomass, micro-cogeneration and fuel cells. The maximum generating capacity is one megawatt (1 MW) and the regulation allows for qualified micro-generators to have their connection costs paid for by the distribution utility. For full details on micro-generation please refer to the AUC website below.
Interested in generating your own electricity?
The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) is overseeing implementation of Micro-Generation Regulation. They have developed processes to simplify approvals and interconnection agreements.
Step 1: If you are interested in generating your own renewable electricity, start by familiarizing yourself with the AUC’s Micro–Generation Application Guideline (PDF). It provides a step-by-step summary and helps customers consider safety, equipment, installations and legal matters.
Step 2: If you want to proceed, contact Blue Mountain Power Co-op at (403) 845-4600 or (toll free)(888) 845-4616.