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December 5, 2019

Net Metering

Customers with specific generation facilities may reduce their net energy costs by exporting surplus generated energy back onto the utility distribution system. Exported energy will be calculated as a credit against the energy the customer consumes from the distribution system.

If you generate electricity from a renewable energy source, primarily for your own use, you may be eligible for the net metering program. Refer to Section of Orillia Power’s Conditions of Service for detailed requirements.

Load Displacement (Including Energy Storage)

Load displacement generators produce electricity exclusively for the customer’s use: exporting electricity back to Orillia Power’s system is not permitted. Compared to net metering, additional fuel/generator types are allowed under this program (e.g. natural gas, diesel, battery energy storage, etc.).

While load displacement generation or storage units may be located behind the customer meter, they still have the potential to adversely impact the reliability of Orillia Power’s distribution system, and are subject to the same requirements as other embedded generation (see Section 3.4 of Orillia Power’s Conditions of Service).

For formal enquiries regarding net metering or load displacement generation, complete Form A below and submit it to Orillia Power’s Engineering Department.

Feed-in Tariff Program

“The Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program was developed to encourage and promote greater use of renewable energy sources including on-shore wind, waterpower, renewable biomass, biogas, landfill gas and solar photovoltaic (PV) for electricity generating projects in Ontario.

As a standardized way to contract for renewable energy generation, Ontario’s FIT Program was one of North America’s first comprehensive guaranteed pricing structures for renewable electricity production, offering stable prices under long-term contracts.

Per the December 16, 2016 directive from the Minister of Energy, the final FIT Application Period was held in 2016 and the IESO ceased accepting applications under the FIT Program.”

microFIT Program

“The microFIT Program supports the development of small or “micro” renewable electricity generation projects (10 kilowatts (kW) or less in size) such as solar panel installations.

With the achievement of the annual procurement target in late 2017, the IESO is no longer accepting applications. Program information will remain available for microFIT participants.

The province’s 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan looks at emerging opportunities for consumers to participate in renewable energy generation to reduce their electricity bills through net metering.”