Customer-Generated Power and Electric Vehicles

Generating Renewable Energy

Net Metering

Net metering is a billing arrangement whereby customers feed electricity generated from renewable sources into the electrical grid for a credit towards their electricity bill. Alectra Utilities (formerly Guelph Hydro) will subtract the value of electricity supplied to the grid from the value of what is was taken from the grid over a billing period. If a customer supplies power that is worth more than what they used over the billing period, they will receive a credit that they can apply against future electricity bills.

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MicroFIT Program - Discontinued

The microFIT program was developed to enable Ontarians to generate energy from renewable sources such as the sun, wind, water or bioenergy and sell it to the Ontario grid for a guaranteed price. 

Ontario’s microFIT Program resulted in more than 26,000 contracts and encouraged individuals, schools, municipalities, co-operatives and Indigenous communities to participate in clean energy projects and make meaningful contributions to a cleaner environment.

On December 1, 2017, the microFIT Program reached the 50 megawatts Annual Procurement Target allocated for 2017. As a result, the Independent Electricity System Operator will not accept any further applications under the microFIT Program. The application window for the microFIT Program has officially closed.

Contract Changes
  • For information on how to make changes to your existing microFIT contract, visit the Managing Your Contract pages on the Independent Electricity System Operator website.
Contract Termination
  • For information on terminating an existing microFIT contract, visit the Managing Your Contract pages on the Independent Electricity System Operator website.
  • Also, call 519-822-3017 ext. 4607 or email us to advise us of the contract termination.
Contract Reassignment
  • For information on reassigning an existing microFIT contract, visit the Managing Your Contract pages on the Independent Electricity System Operator website.
  • If the contract is being reassigned due to a move, the new homeowner must:

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Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program - Discontinued

The Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program was developed to encourage and promote greater use of renewable energy sources including on-shore wind, waterpower, renewable biomass, biogas, landfill gas and solar photovoltaic for electricity generating projects in Ontario.

As a standardized way to contract for renewable energy generation, Ontario’s FIT Program was one of North America’s first comprehensive guaranteed pricing structures for renewable electricity production, offering stable prices under long-term contracts.

Per the December 16, 2016 directive from the Minister of Energy, the final FIT Application Period was held in 2016 and the IESO ceased accepting applications under the FIT Program.

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Electric Vehicles

Alectra Utilities (formerly Guelph Hydro) and Electric Vehicles

Transportation activity is the source of one quarter of Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions. Nearly one-half of these emissions are produced by personal vehicles.

Alectra Utilities (formerly Guelph Hydro) believes that the adoption of electric vehicles will play a large role in helping the community of Guelph reach its greenhouse gas targets.

However, the growth of electric vehicles could have implications for the electricity distribution infrastructure that local electric utilities build and maintain to serve customers.

Alectra Utilities (formerly Guelph Hydro) has been studying the electric vehicle landscape to learn more and to plan for the future for a number of years. In 2011, we conducted an Electric Vehicle Market Research Study and, in 2012, a sister company installed an electric vehicle charging station at the Stone Road Mall in Guelph. Next, the company added a hybrid car, a hybrid bucket truck and one fully electric van to its fleet of service vehicles.

Today we offer information on our website about electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations.

Read about how Alectra Utilities has teamed up with the City of Markham to support Ontario's electric vehicle goals with an innovative charging station program

If you have installed or will be installing an electric vehicle charging unit. please register your unit in order to help us manage and prepare for additional electrical loads coming onto the grid.

Submit your electric vehicle charger information to Alectra Utilities (formerly Guelph Hydro)

Thinking of Buying an Electric Vehicle?

If you are thinking of buying an electric vehicle, check out our Electric Vehicle page.

Electric Vehicle Charging Units

For information about charging an electric vehicle, buying or installing an electric vehicle charging unit or registering your electric vehicle charger with Alectra Utilities (formerly Guelph Hydro), visit our Electric Vehicle page.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Guelph

Guelph currently has 15 charging stations located around the city:

  1. Guelph Volkswagen - 359 Woodlawn Road West
  2. Barry Cullen Chevrolet - 905 Woodlawn Road West
  3. Food Basics Plaza - 218-222 Silvercreek Parkway North
  4. University of Guelph - 71 MacDonald Street
  5. University of Guelph - 48 Smith Lane
  6. University of Guelph - P31 South Ring Road East
  7. University of Guelph - 50 McGilvray Street
  8. Stone Road Mall - 435 Stone Road West
  9. Guelph Public Library East - 1 Starwood Drive
  10. The Keg - 49 Clair Road East
  11. Harvey's - 99 Clair Road East
  12. Longo's Plaza - 16 Clair Road West
  13. Fairfield Inn - 35 Cowan Place
  14. County of Wellington - 138 Wyndham Street North
  15. Homestead Bryden Apartments - 380 Waterloo Avenue

 

Consult the PlugShare electric vehicle charging station map for the locations, specifications and availability of these charging stations.