Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador launches net metering

The Public Utilities Board of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada’s easternmost province, has approved a net metering policy for renewable energy power generators with a capacity of up to 100 kW.

The Provincial Net Metering Policy Framework was released by the local government in July 2015.

The scheme will be open to customers of local power provider Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Newfoundland Power Inc. and to power generators from wind, photovoltaic, geothermal, biomass, tidal, or wave energy sources of 100 kW or less up to a system total limit of 5 MW.

Under the framework, the two utilities are responsible for developing and implementing net metering programs for their respective clients.

“We have worked to ensure that utilities move forward as quickly as possible to develop a net metering program,” said local Minister of Natural Resources Siobhan Coady.  “Homes that are able to supplement their energy needs through net metering will not only save themselves money, but will be supporting energy efficiency and a greener environment.”

The government specified that both utilities will be updating their websites with additional information in the coming weeks and expect to be in a position to begin accepting customer net metering applications effective July 1, 2017.