A customer‑generator is a Hydro‑Québec customer who produces electricity using equipment they own and operate to meet part or all of their energy needs.

If you’re a customer-generator, Net Metering Option I may be of interest to you. It allows you to inject your surplus power into the Hydro‑Québec grid in exchange for credits in kilowatthours (kWh) applied to your bill. Inversely, 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.

Your electricity bill will show your consumption in kilowatthours, detailing how much electricity was supplied by Hydro-Québec and how much you injected into the grid. If you generate more than you use, the surplus will earn banked credits that will be deducted from your net consumption on future bills.

Managing your surplus bank

Under 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

Who can sign up for Net Metering Option I?

Residential customers, farmers billed at Rate D or DM and small-power business customers billed at Rate G (without billing demand) who are able to generate electricity from a renewable energy source. The eligible renewable energy sources are:

  • wind power
  • photovoltaic power
  • hydroelectric power
  • geothermal power (for electricity generation only)
  • bioenergy (forest biomass or biogas)

The electricity must be generated at a facility that is located at the same delivery point as the Net Metering Option.

Customers are responsible for the costs of purchasing, installing, maintaining and inspecting the equipment.

Equipment compliance

Your generating equipment must be compliant with current regulations in Québec and with Hydro-Québec standards E.12-05 and E.12-07, in accordance with the Conditions of Service in effect.

The maximum generating capacity of the equipment must not exceed the lesser of the following:

  • the estimated capacity required to meet all or part of your energy needs, or
  • 50 kW.

Want to sign up for Net Metering Option I or find out more about it?

Visit Hydro-Québec’s Self-generation Web site.