January 17, 2005

Draft reg would allow net metering for clients producing power from renewable sources

TORONTO, ONT-A regulation proposed by the Ontario Ministry of Energy would permit "net metering," giving credit to customers who generate their own power from renewable sources for any excess electricity they put back into the grid. Currently, net metering is available for projects that produce up to 50 kilowatts at the discretion of local energy distribution companies. The new regulation will eliminate this inconsistency and require that distributors permit net metering for all eligible projects that produce up to 500 kilowatts. Projects producing electricity from clean sources such as water, wind, solar power and farm biomass would be eligible. "Our plan is to make it more attractive for small generators such as farmers to produce green power by allowing them to receive credit for the excess electricity they produce," Energy Minister Dwight Duncan explained. The draft regulation, pursuant to the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998, has been posted on the Environmental Bill of Rights registry for a 45-day comment period ending February 19, 2005 (www.ene.gov.on.ca , registry reference No RO04E0001). Implementation of the regulation is targeted for spring, 2005.

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