What external approvals are part of the approval process?
|Depending on the size, type, fuel, and location of generation facilities, the connection of the generation facility to the distribution or subtransmission system may require approvals from various regulators that govern the electricity industry in Ontario. Below are some of the relevant organizations you may need to engage for the connection of a customer owned generation facility.|
|a.||Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)|
|The IESO manages the Ontario power grid, provides the hourly energy spot market prices, as well as sets and enforces the Market Rules for participating in the Ontario electricity market.|
A System Impact Assessment is conducted by the IESO prior to the Customer connecting a customer owned generation facility that is 10 MW or greater in size.
Embedded generators that are over 20 MW or are participating in the Renewable Energy Supply Contract are required to register with the IESO as a Market Participant and must comply with all Market Rules, including metering requirements.
|b.||Ontario Energy Board (OEB)|
|The Distribution System Code issued by the OEB sets out the minimum conditions that Distributors must meet in carrying out their obligations to distribute electricity in Ontario, under their licence. The interconnection process and requirements for embedded generation are governed by the Distribution System Code including Appendix F.|
The OEB regulates the electricity and gas industry in Ontario. The Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998, Section 57, requires that electricity market participants be licensed in order to export power to the distribution grid. More specifically, the Customer (Generator) must obtain a Generator Licence from the OEB when:
|c.||Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)|
|The Ontario ESA sets and enforces standards for electrical safety through the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. Before connecting to the PowerStream distribution system, the customer is required to have the ESA inspect their generation facility and provide an Authorization to Connect to PowerStream.|
|d.||Ontario Power Authority (OPA)|
|In the case the Customer wants to participate in the OPA Standard Offer Program (SOP), the Customer will need to sign a SOP contract with the OPA.|
|e.||Other External Approvals|
|Customers should also be aware that other approvals might be required such as those from the Ontario Ministry of Environment, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, etc.|
|1. Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE)|
Depending on the size, type, fuel, and location of generation facilities, the MOE may require that the Customer carry out an environmental assessment.
The MOE sets environmental standards for electricity projects in Ontario and ensures that generators, distributors and transmitters follow rules and standards when constructing and operating facilities.
The Guide to Environmental Assessment for Electricity Projects provides the environmental assessment requirements for electricity projects. They apply equally to the public and private sectors.
Projects involving generators less than 1 MW typically do not require environmental screening or environmental assessment. The MOE must be contacted to determine whether an environmental assessment is required.
|2. Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA)|
The CEAA controls the federal environmental assessment process and it applies whenever a federal authority has a specified decision-making responsibility for a project.
Depending on the impact of the generation facilities on federal jurisdiction, a federal environmental assessment may be required.
Please contact the CEAA to determine whether a federal environmental assessment is required.
How do I apply for connection of an embedded generator?
|Customers interested in connecting a customer owned generator to the PowerStream distribution or subtransmission system should contact PowerStream at 1-877-963-6900, extension 25001 or email to egconnect@PowerStream.ca.|
Customers without e-mail access can request the application form or submit the completed form by regular mail or fax to the following address: