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Generating your own electricity

You can generate electricity for your home or business using alternative energy technologies such as:

  • biomass;
  • fuel oil;
  • small scale hydro;
  • solar;
  • wind.

This is called non-utility generation or distributed energy resources.

You can use the electricity that your system produces and reduce the amount of electricity you buy from us. You may still need to be connected to our grid because your system may not be able to produce electricity 24 hours a day, such as when the sun is down or the wind isn’t blowing.

Excess energy price

If you are generating more energy than you are using, your excess energy can be sold back to us at the excess energy price (for generators less than 100 kW). Until March 31, 2023 the excess energy price is $0.05079/kWh. This price is updated annually so that it reflects the current market value of excess energy and is not equal to our electricity rates because our rates must recover the cost of additional services that Manitoba Hydro provides you such as:

  • transmission;
  • distribution;
  • customer service;
  • safety;
  • emergency restoration.
A diagram showing all the parts that make up a reliable energy grid.

The excess energy price will change from year to year and can vary significantly depending on the market value of excess energy. The table below contains historical excess energy prices over the last 5 years.

Historical prices
Effective date Excess energy price
2022 April 1 $0.05079
2021 April 1 $0.02403
2020 April 1 $0.02949
2019 April 1 $0.03949
2018 April 1 $0.03253

Factors such as fluctuations in the excess energy price and kW size of the distributed energy resource (for example, solar or wind) can affect the payback of your installation. A properly sized system that uses most of the energy generated, rather than selling excess to us, will typically give you a better payback. Calculate the actual cost of production by estimating the amount of electricity you expect to produce, the cost of your system, and its maintenance.

Before you invest in a generating system consider reducing your electricity use by adding insulation, buying energy-efficient appliances, or upgrading your lighting. It is more cost effective to reduce your electricity costs by improving your energy efficiency than by generating your own electricity.

Net billing

We use net billing (monetary credits on your Manitoba Hydro account) instead of net metering (kilowatt-hour credits on your account). Net billing lets you generate electricity for personal use, and sell your excess electricity back to us.

When your system is not producing enough electricity you buy it from us at a residential or commercial rate just like you did before you installed your system.

If the value of the electricity that you sell to us is greater than the value of the energy you buy from us, a credit is applied to your account. The credit is carried forward to the following bill and is applied to new charges.

Contact us

For more information about non-utility generation interconnection, email an Energy Services Advisor.