Distributed Generation

Our goal is to make sure your distributed generation project is connected safely and efficiently. Getting connected to our system is a six-phase process. This process is for the following types of distributed generation:

Small Scale Generators are distribution-connected and supply electricity to the grid from renewable or alternative sources. The size of the generator is limited by the distribution system capacity, which is typically 25 MW. A small scale generation application and an HLS application is required as part of the DG process.

Non-export Generators connect to the system for backup, improved reliability or to offset energy consumption. In addition, generators that parallel the system for more than 100 milliseconds (ms) are considered non-export. Those that parallel for less than 100 ms are standby generators which have fewer technical and interconnection requirements.

Commercial Generators include projects such as solar, wind and gas that are planning to export power onto the electrical system, excluding those that qualify as a micro-generator.

Distributed Generation Library

Hosting Capacity Map

We offer a pre-application consultation to provide you with information on the interconnection process. For more information or to submit an application, please email generation@fortisalberta.com or call 310-WIRE (9473).

Large generators that cannot be supported by the distribution system are required to submit an application to FortisAlberta for a Section 101(2) exemption as per the Electric Utilities Act. Once you submit your completed application, we will respond within 30 days.

FortisAlberta is only one of the parties that you may be required to work with to complete the interconnection of your Distributed Generation project. As a generator, you will be required to obtain approvals from the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC). If your project has certain size specifications, you may also need to comply with the Alberta Electric System Operator's (AESO) requirements for Behind the Fence (BTF) generation. Finally, the interconnection of your project may require you to work closely with a Transmission Facility Owner (TFO) to determine whether upgrades to the local transmission system will be necessary to interconnect your project. Please visit the agency websites referred to above for more information. Your FortisAlberta Key Accounts advisor will assist you to identify the TFO in your area.