If you’re a customer‑generator, the Net Metering Option I allows you to inject your surplus power into the Hydro‑Québec grid. If the power you generate is not enough to meet your needs, you can draw power from the Hydro-Québec grid and enjoy reliable, high-quality service.

Periodically, you will receive your bill, detailing how much electricity (in kilowatthours) was supplied by Hydro‑Québec and how much you injected into the grid.

Managing your surplus bank

Under the Net Metering Option I, if you feed in more electricity than you draw out, the surplus is put into a bank in the form of credits.

These credits cannot be exchanged for money or transferred to another electrical service contract. They will expire after a certain period of time.

Your surplus bank will be initially reset to zero at the start of the consumption period beginning on or after March 31 following your initial sign-up. After that, it will be reset to zero every 24 months. In other words, you have two years to use your credits, apart from those accumulated during the first months.

You may make arrangements with Hydro‑Québec for a later reset date, as long as it falls within the 24 months following your sign-up. Your bank will then be reset to zero at the start of the consumption period beginning after the selected date, and every 24 months thereafter. Since the first reset is scheduled for March 31 after you sign up for this option, be sure to contact us before then.

Example

Consumption period 1

  • Kilowatthours supplied by Hydro‑Québec 1,300 kWh
  • Kilowatthours injected into Hydro‑Québec grid - 300 kWh
  • Kilowatthours billed 1,000 kWh

Consumption period 2

  • Kilowatthours supplied by Hydro‑Québec 800 kWh
  • Kilowatthours injected into Hydro‑Québec grid - 1,000 kWh
  • Kilowatthours billed 0 kWh
  • Kilowatthours credited and applied to balance of future bill - 200 kWh

Want to sign up for the Net Metering Option I or find out more about it?
Visit our Self-generation Website.