Customer owned generation

We support innovative ways to use and conserve energy sources that protect our environment. Your electric renewable generation systems may connect to our distribution system, as long as procedures are followed that protect yourself and Manitoba Hydro.

Customer owned generation (10 MW or less, at a voltage no greater than 25 kV) is electricity production you create using renewable energy. This generation must meet applicable federal, provincial, and municipal licenses, permits, and approvals.

The energy created can be used for your own needs, and you can possibly sell excess production to us, depending on the type of generation.

If a generator produces less than 200 kW, excess energy is purchased at the standard residential run-off rate. For generators producing 200 kW or greater, a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) will be negotiated, based on your system specifications.

Benefits

  • improve reliability of power supply;
  • reduce electricity costs in some cases;
  • lower emissions of air pollutants.

Project costs

We will meet with you to discuss your project before any studies or work are done. You are responsible for the interconnection study fee if the project proceeds.

You are also responsible for the cost of the interconnection protection equipment and any other equipment installation to support your generator. Connection costs vary widely and depend on how your generation facility impacts the distribution system.

Our experience shows that smaller power projects can be costly to set up and operate. You should evaluate the amount of energy you expect to produce and the economics of the project to determine your overall cost of electricity. Contact a Energy Services Advisor to discuss your project.

Our Power Smart Solar Energy Program offers financial assistance for the installation of eligible solar PV technology.

View our distributed resource interconnection procedures.

We do not endorse any equipment suppliers. For more information, contact the following associations:

Based on the type of customer-owned generation used, you can use energy you produce to meet your own needs and/or possibly sell excess production to us.

Wind turbines

We do not install wind turbines on your property as our focus is on larger generation projects. It is your responsibility to install these alternative energy generators. For more information visit the Canadian Wind Energy Association website.

Major utility energy suppliers and producers should read about Open Access Transmission Tariffs.