If you’re a customer-generator, the Net Metering Option III 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 III for customer-generators connected to an off-grid system, except the Schefferville and Lac-Robertson systems, if you feed in more electricity than you draw out, the surplus is put into a bank in the form of credits.

The value of the power injected into the system is equal to the number of kilowatthours (kWh) injected multiplied by a price that varies depending on the type of generating station that supplies electricity to the customer-generator.

Prices for electricity injected based on the type of generating station that supplies the system:

  • Heavy diesel power plant: 17¢/kWh
  • Light diesel power plant: 33¢/kWh
  • Arctic diesel power plant: 47¢/kWh

A bill under a contract with the Net Metering Option III for customer-generators cannot be below the applicable fixed charge.

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

Baseline data

  • Kilowatthours supplied by Hydro‑Québec 500 kWh
  • Kilowatthours injected into Hydro‑Québec grid 300 kWh
  • Surplus bank balance – previous period $0.00

Bill calculation

Value of electricity injected (arctic diesel power plant) 47¢/kWh x 300 kWh = $141.00
Surplus bank $0.00 + $141.00 = $141.00
Fixed charge 40.64¢ x 30 days = $12.19
Energy 5.91¢/kWh x 500 kWh = $29.55
Amount due for electrical service $12.19 + $29.55 = $41.74
Maximum amount to be withdrawn from surplus bank $41.74 – $12.19 = $29.55
Amount due after withdraw from surplus bank = $12.19
Surplus bank balance $141.00 – $29.55 = $111.45

Consumption period 2

Baseline data

  • Kilowatthours supplied by Hydro‑Québec 800 kWh
  • Kilowatthours injected into Hydro‑Québec grid 250 kWh
  • Surplus bank balance – previous period $111.45

Bill calculation

Value of electricity injected (arctic diesel power plant) 47¢/kWh x 250 kWh = $117.50
Surplus bank $111.45 + $117.50 = $228.95
Fixed charge 40.64¢ x 30 days = $12.19
Energy 5.91¢/kWh x 800 kWh = $47.28
Amount due for electrical service $12.19 + $47.28 = $59.47
Maximum amount to be withdrawn from surplus bank $59.47 – $12.19 = $47.28
Amount due after withdraw from surplus bank = $12.19
Surplus bank balance $228.95 – $47.28 = $181.67

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

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