These guidelines describe programs designed to facilitate the interconnection of Producers utilizing approved generation technologies with SaskPower’s grid system for the purpose of delivering all or a portion of the electrical energy they generate to SaskPower.

2.1       Eligibility

This program permits eligible Producers to interconnect generating equipment utilizing an approved renewable energy source (i.e. solar, hydro, biomass/biogas or geothermal) with SaskPower’s distribution system for the purpose of selling all the energy they generate to SaskPower.

Projects must have a combined total alternating current (“AC”) Nameplate Capacity equal to or greater than 100 kilowatt (“kW”) up to and including 1 megawatt (“MW”).  Producers participating in the program are only eligible for a combined total of 1MW of renewable energy projects per year. In addition, a Producer is only eligible for a combined total of 5MW per year of the combined projects granted under the Power Generation Partner Program for both Renewable Energy Resources and Carbon Neutral Non-renewable Energy Resources. An annual limit of 10MW has been established for the total Renewable Energy Resources generation that can be added to SaskPower’s system under this program each year.  If a Project is deemed to be part of a Project Cluster the aggregate AC Nameplate Capacity of all generation must not exceed the limits stated above in section 2.1.

2.2       Producer Responsibilities

Prior to the interconnection of any selected Producer’s generating facility to SaskPower’s electrical grid the following conditions must be met:

  1. The generating facility must meet SaskPower's interconnection requirements for safety, protection, and power quality as outlined in:
    1. The Generator Interconnection Requirements at Voltages 34.5kV and Below;
    2. The Generator Interconnection Requirement at Voltages 72kV and Above;
    3. SaskPower Electric Service Requirements; and
    4. SaskPower Terms and Conditions of Service.
  2. The generating facility's design and equipment are subject to inspection and approval by the Electrical Inspection Branch including all necessary inspection permits and charges. Projects shall adhere to good engineering standards and operating practices as determined by SaskPower;
  3. The Producer will be responsible for all interconnection costs, including interconnection studies, any lines or facilities that SaskPower may have to provide or install, or any upgrades necessary to allow the interconnection of the generating unit as determined by SaskPower;
  4. The Producer must supply the energy at one of SaskPower’s standard supply voltages as determined by SaskPower in its sole discretion;
  5. It will be necessary for the Producer to enter into a Power Generation Interconnection Agreement contract with SaskPower;
  6. An operating agreement will be required with SaskPower;
  7. The Producer will be responsible for all permits, licenses and site access permits;
  8. The Producer shall pay the cost of Operations and Maintenance of the required system upgrades and connection infrastructure to SaskPower; and
  9. The Producer will require a SaskPower account.

2.3       SaskPower Responsibilities

The following requirements apply to SaskPower in terms of the interconnection of the Producer to SaskPower’s system in accordance with this program:

  1. SaskPower will purchase all energy generated and delivered to SaskPower, up to the nameplate capacity of the generating equipment, at a predetermined price. This price will escalate each year at a contracted rate over the life of the contract;
  2. SaskPower reserves the right in its sole discretion to disconnect the Producer’s generating facility from the SaskPower system for reasons including but not limited to safety, operations, maintenance or reliability;
  3. Program pricing will be reviewed on an annual basis and may be modified but modifications will not be retroactive and will not amend executed contracts;
  4. If necessary, SaskPower will extend and/or upgrade its electrical system to allow for the interconnection of the Producer’s generation at the expense of the Producer, as determined by SaskPower;
  5. Perform interconnection studies as required;
  6. SaskPower will supply the necessary metering at the Producer’s expense; and
  7. SaskPower will retain all environmental credits.

3.1       Eligibility

This program permits eligible Producers to interconnect generating equipment utilizing an approved carbon neutral non-renewable energy source (i.e. flare gas, waste heat recovery) with SaskPower’s distribution system for the purpose of selling all the energy they generate to SaskPower. 

Projects must have a combined total AC Nameplate Capacity equal to or greater than 100kW up to and including 5MW.  Producers are only eligible for a combined total of 5MW per year of the capacity granted under the Power Generation Partner Program for both Renewable Energy Resources and Carbon Neutral Non-renewable Energy Resources. An annual limit of 25MW has been established for the total Carbon Neutral Non-renewable Energy Resources generation that can be added to SaskPower’s system under this program each year.  If a Project is deemed to be part of a Project Cluster the aggregate AC Nameplate Capacity of all generation must not exceed the limits stated above in section 3.1.

3.2       Producer Responsibilities

Prior to the interconnection of any selected Producer’s generating facility to SaskPower’s electrical grid the following conditions must be met:

  1. The generating facility must meet SaskPower's interconnection requirements for safety, protection, and power quality as outlined in:
    1. The Generator Interconnection Requirements at Voltages 34.5kV and Below;
    2. The Generator Interconnection Requirement at Voltages 72kV and Above;
    3. SaskPower Electric Service Requirements;
    4. SaskPower Terms and Conditions of Service;
  2. The generating facility's design and equipment are subject to inspection and approval by the Electrical Inspection Branch including all necessary inspection permits and charges. Projects shall adhere to good engineering standards and operating practices as determined by SaskPower;
  3. The Producer will be responsible for all interconnection costs, including interconnection studies, any lines or facilities that SaskPower may have to provide or install, or any upgrades necessary to allow the interconnection of the generating unit as determined by SaskPower;
  4. The Producer must supply the energy at one of SaskPower’s standard supply voltages as determined by SaskPower in its sole discretion;
  5. It will be necessary for the Producer to enter into a Power Generation Interconnection Agreement contract with SaskPower;
  6. An operating agreement will be required with SaskPower;
  7. The Producer will be responsible for all permits, licenses and site access permits;
  8. The Producer shall pay the cost of Operations and Maintenance of the required system upgrades and connection infrastructure to SaskPower;
  9. The Producer will require a SaskPower account; and
  10. The Producer will retain all environmental credits and liabilities.

3.3       SaskPower Responsibilities

The following requirements apply to SaskPower in terms of the interconnection of the Producer to SaskPower’s system in accordance with this program:

  1. SaskPower will purchase all energy generated and delivered to SaskPower, up to the nameplate capacity of the generating equipment, at a predetermined price. This price will escalate each year at a contracted rate over the life of the contract;
  2. SaskPower reserves the right in its sole discretion to disconnect the Producer’s generating facility from the SaskPower system for reasons including but not limited to safety, operations, maintenance or reliability;
  3. Program pricing will be reviewed on an annual basis and may be modified but modifications will not be retroactive and will not amend executed contracts;
  4. If necessary, SaskPower will extend and/or upgrade its electrical system to allow for the interconnection of the Producer’s generation at the expense of the Producer, as determined by SaskPower;
  5. Perform interconnection studies as required;
  6. SaskPower will supply the necessary metering at the Producer’s expense.

4.1       Eligibility

This program is available to all metered, non-seasonal customer classes for qualified, environmentally preferred generation up to and including a total of 100kW of Nameplate Capacity per service that is installed for the purpose of offsetting the Customer’s load and banking excess energy.  There will be no limit on the number of net metering Producers allowed on SaskPower’s system. The environmentally preferred technologies include wind power, low impact hydro, biomass, flare gas, solar and heat recovery systems.

4.2       Producer Responsibilities

Prior to the interconnection of any generating facility to SaskPower's electrical grid system, the following requirements must be met by the Customer:

  1. The generating facility must meet SaskPower's interconnection requirements for safety, protection, and power quality as outlined in the Generator Interconnection Requirements at Voltages 34.5kV and Below;
  2. The generating facility's design and equipment must meet all requirements of the Electric Service Requirements, as well as any and all other standards, approvals and certifications and it will be subject to inspection by the Electrical Inspection Branch including all necessary inspection permits and charges;
  3. The Customer will be responsible for all interconnection costs including interconnection studies, appropriate metering to record the energy flow in both directions and any facilities that SaskPower may have to provide or install, as well as any upgrades necessary to allow the interconnection of the generating unit;
  4. It will be necessary for the Customer to enter into the Interconnection Agreement for Small Generators (100kW max) contract with SaskPower;
  5. An operating agreement will be required with SaskPower;
  6. It will be necessary for the Customer to supply the excess energy at one of SaskPower’s standard supply voltages;
  7. Net metered accounts cannot be on the consolidated billing plan; and
  8. Any emissions credits would be granted to SaskPower.

4.3       SaskPower Responsibilities

The following requirements apply to SaskPower in terms of the interconnection of the Producer to SaskPower’s system:

  1. SaskPower will allow all excess energy generated and delivered to the grid system to be banked and used to offset energy that was consumed on the same account which the generation is installed. Banked energy cannot be transferred to another account. Accounts that go out of billing will forfeit any banked energy;
  2. Excess energy may be banked for up to a specified fixed period of time. After the specified fixed period of time any excess energy that is not netted off against consumption will be forfeited to SaskPower and the Customer will be allowed to begin banking excess energy for the next specified fixed period of time. Any excess energy that is banked will be netted off on the next or subsequent billing periods from the energy consumed by that Customer on the account on which the generator is installed. The applicable published rate for the account will be used for net metering accounts;
  3. If necessary, SaskPower will extend and/or upgrade its electrical system, at the expense of the Customer, to allow for the interconnection of the non-utility generation.

Terms within this document will be defined as in SaskPower’s Terms and Conditions of Service (as amended from time to time) unless indicated otherwise in these Guidelines.

“Nameplate Capacity” means an equipment manufacturer’s maximum rated generating capacity, typically expressed in MW.

“Producer” means the owner of a project that generates electrical energy in accordance with the Power Generation Partner Programs.

“Project” means an electrical generating facility that includes all land, buildings, equipment and material required for the generation of electricity.

“Project Cluster” means two or more existing or proposed Projects that SaskPower determines in its sole discretion are so closely related to each other that they should be considered a project cluster for the purposes of the Program. SaskPower will generally determine that a project cluster exists where the existing or proposed Projects have the following characteristics: (i) have common direct, or indirect, ownership or control; (ii) have common development timelines; (iii) are located in close proximity and/or (iv) share any tenures, permits, facilities.

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