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​​​Distributed Generation

Distributed Generation is any generator connected to the local electric distribution systems. For residents of Calgary your local electric distribution systems is ENMAX Power Corporation (EPC).

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Email: getconnected@enmax.com

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Looking for where to start?

Many factors drive the ability and cost of connecting micro-generation, distributed generation, and other distributed energy resource projects to the ENMAX electric distribution system, including project location, type of generation, operating characteristics, the surrounding grid characteristics and project timing.


The following map illustrates where estimated capacity may be available within the ENMAX distribution service territory to host micro-generators and other forms of distributed generation.

View the hosting capacity map




How do I submit an application?

 

Application (Customer) Submit your generator application to ENMAX Power to connect your generator.

Evaluation (ENMAX) ENMAX Power reviews and processes your application; you may be requested to provide additional information.

Approval (ENMAX) You receive acceptance from ENMAX Power to connect and operate your generator and if applicable receive a bi-directional meter (only required when exporting).

​Distributed Generation includes four types of generators

Renewable Generation (defined as Micro Generation by AUC)

Generating unit with a total capacity of one megawatt (MW) or less interconnected and capable of exporting to the electric distribution system which exclusively uses sources of renewable energy (e.g. solar photovoltaic) and the electrical energy output is intended to meet all or a portion of the customer's electricity needs. Renewable Generation is defined as Micro Generation by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC).

*Note: Generation Export is not permitted within any of the Secondary Network Systems within The City of Calgary due to safety and technical reasons. Generation Export can only operate as Non-Export Non-Parallel or Non-Export Parallel.

For generators that do not meet the Micro Generation criteria as per the Government of Alberta Micro Generation Regulation or are connected to a Secondary Network System please review the other generator types and apply accordingly.

To apply, please review and complete the following:

Please submit completed applications to GetConnected@enmax.com.

Export Generator

Generating unit interconnected to the electric distribution system and is capable of exporting all or a portion of the energy produced to the electric distribution system.

*Note: Generation Export is not permitted within any of the Secondary Network Systems within The City of Calgary due to safety and technical reasons. Generation Export can only operate as Non-Export Non-Parallel or Non-Export Parallel.

To apply, please review and complete the following:

Please submit completed applications to GetConnected@enmax.com

​Non-Export Non-Parallel Generator

Generating unit operated independently of the electric distribution system and the electrical energy output is intended to meet all or a portion of the customer's electricity needs (i.e. emergency backup).

To apply, please review and complete the following:

Please submit completed applications to GetConnected@enmax.com


​Non-Export Parallel Generator

Generating unit operated in parallel with the electric distribution system and the electrical energy output is intended to meet all or a portion of the customer's electricity needs (i.e. used for load shedding).

To apply, please review and complete the following:

Please submit completed applications to GetConnected@enmax.com


Customers are free to purchase natural gas services or electricity services from a retailer of their choice. For a list of retailers, visit ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310-4822 (toll free in Alberta).

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