Load Displacement

 

What is Load Displacement? 

The Load Displacement initiative may be used by electricity consumers in Ontario who generates some of their own energy from a renewable or non-renewable resource. Load displacement enables you to displace up to 100% of your site load.

How do I get started?

  1. Contact us and we will provide you with the technical specifications, the approval process and how to get your Load displacement project connected. You should also contact the Electrical Safety Authority of Ontario (ESA), as your system must be inspected and approved by the ESA to guarantee that it is correctly connected to the grid.
  2. Determine the size of the generation unit that will suit your needs: use your prior bills as a starting point to tailor your system to your individual energy demands.

If you have any questions regarding the Load Displacement initiative, please contact Festival Hydro:

Email: DER@festivalhydro.com

Application Process By Generation Class

10 kW or Less of Generation

A Micro generation plant is described as a system for generating electricity with a capability of 10kW or less. If it is for self-generation, the latest Load Displacement rules can be found on the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) website.

Application Process

  1. Information Request
    • Contact Festival Hydro and ESA for more information about connecting a micro-generation project to the grid.
  2. Fill out the online application
  3. ESA Electrical Inspection Application & Festival Hydro Review
    • Submit plans and specific information to ESA for inspection and Festival Hydro will review the application.
  4. Provision of Information/Offer to Connect
    • Festival Hydro will provide information regarding the connection process, approvals needed, technical requirements, contractual requirements and application forms.
    • If the you meet all requirements, Festival Hydro will issue an Offer to Connect and a Connection Agreement that must be signed and returned to us with your final payment.
  5. Customer Develops a Plan
    • The customer reviews the information provided by Festival Hydro and ESA and develops an installation plan and a plan outlining who will need to be included and when.
  6. Decision to Proceed and Install
    • If the customer decides to proceed with the installation of their proposed generation, they will issue a payment to Festival Hydro for any fee outlined in the Offer to Connect and will return a signed copy of the Connection Agreement to Festival Hydro.
  7. Authorization to Connect
    • The customer will receive an authorization to connect after the ESA inspection.  Festival Hydro will then install the new meter.

 

Greater than 10 kW to 999 kW of Generation

Small generation facilities are defined as having a capacity greater than 10kW to 500 kW when connected to distribution system.

Application Process

  1. Information Request
    • The client proposing the installation of renewable generation should contact London Hydro and ESA. The customer will need to fill out an Initial feasibility Assessment (IFA) form online.  The details can be found in the important documents section.
  2. Provision of Information 
    • London Hydro will provide information regarding the connection process, approvals needed, technical requirements, contractual requirements and application forms.
  3. Customer Develops a Plan
    • The customer reviews the information provided by London Hydro and ESA and develops an installation plan. Such a plan shall include the size and type of generator, and a plan outlining who will need to be included and when. The customer will prepare detailed engineering drawings, submit all the plans to ESA for approval, and submit information to London Hydro for design review. It is recommended that the design is provided to London Hydro within 30 days. 
  4. Connection Impact Assessment
    • The customer submits for a connection impact assessment by London Hydro to be conducted for the chosen location. Information required includes the size of the generation facility; the type of generation facility; type and details of technology; fuel type; single line diagram; location; protection philosophy; and preliminary design of proposed interface protection. London Hydro performs the impact assessment of the proposed generation on the distribution system and customers. The Study agreement will be sent to the customer detailing requirements and cost.
    • A Hydro One Connection Impact Assessment (CIA) will be performed, if required.
  5. The decision to proceed and Install
    • If the customer chooses to continue with the generation installation a site visit will be scheduled to determine any site specific details of the project. An offer to connect will be sent to the customer detailing the cost as well as all requirements for the installation. Once the customer pays, both the customer and London Hydro commit to schedules, information exchange, scope of work of the customer and London Hydro. London Hydro will then initiate the work to be done to facilitate the connection.
  6. Commissioning and Verification ​​​​​
    • Prior to scheduling commissioning the commissioning check list as well as ESA inspection will need to be submitted to London Hydro.
    • The customer will arrange for the commissioning and testing of the generator. London Hydro will send witnesses to verify the commissioning process as well as complete London Hydro’s required commissioning portion.
  7. Connection Agreement
    • The customer and London Hydro agree to and sign the connection agreement. A letter of equivalency will need to be completed by an independent Professional Engineer.

 

Between 1MW to 10MW

Medium-sized generation facilities are defined as having a capacity greater than 1 MW and up to 10 MW. Mid-sized generation facilities typically involve business or industrial establishments. These systems usually involve complex technical and financial issues and should only be considered if the client has considerable generation experience.  The latest Load Displacement rules can be found on the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) website. 

Application Process

  1. Information Request
    • The client proposing the installation of renewable\non-renewable generation should contact Festival Hydro and ESA. The customer will need to visit the Festival Hydro website and fill out a DER Pre-Consultation form (Form A).  The details can be found in the important documents section.
  2. Provision of Information 
    • Festival Hydro will provide information regarding the connection process, approvals required, technical requirements, contractual requirements and application forms.
  3. Customer Develops a Plan
    • The customer reviews the information provided by Festival Hydro and ESA and develops an installation plan. Such a plan shall include the size and type of generator, and a plan outlining who will need to be included and when. The customer will prepare detailed engineering drawings, submit all the plans to ESA for approval, and submit information to Festival Hydro for design review. It is recommended that the design is provided to Festival Hydro within 30 days. 
  4. Connection Impact Assessment
    • The customer submits for a connection impact assessment by Festival Hydro to be conducted for the chosen location. Information required includes the size of the generation facility; the type of generation facility; type and details of technology; fuel type; single line diagram; location; protection philosophy; and preliminary design of proposed interface protection. Festival Hydro performs the connection impact assessment of the proposed generation on the distribution system. A Study agreement will be sent to the customer detailing requirements and cost.
    • A Hydro One Connection Impact Assessment (CIA) is required.
  5. The decision to proceed and Install
    • Upon receiving a successful CIA from both Festival Hydro and Hydro One the customer can choose to continue with the generation installation.  A site visit will be scheduled to determine any site-specific details of the project. An offer to connect will be sent to the customer detailing the cost as well as all requirements for the installation. An offer to connect will be sent to the customer detailing the cost as well as all requirements for the installation. Once the customer pays the offer to connect costs, the customer, Festival Hydro and Hydro One will commit to a schedule, a form of information exchange and the scope of work.
    • Hydro One will assign a project manager to oversee any Hydro One work that may be required.
  6. Connection Agreement
    • The customer and Festival Hydro agree to and sign the connection agreement. A letter of equivalency will need to be completed by an independent Professional Engineer.
  7. Commissioning and Verification
    • The customer will arrange for and receive the Authorization to Connect from ESA. In addition, the customer will need to complete a pre-commissioning checklist before the commissioning day.
    • The customer will arrange for the commissioning and testing of the generator. Festival Hydro will send witnesses to verify the commissioning process as well as complete Festival Hydro’s required commissioning portion.
    • Hydro One’s project manager will co-ordinate all transfer trip and DMP point testing.
Important Documentation

DER Pre-Consultation Connection Impact Assessment

                     Conditions of Service

 

More than 10 MW of Generation

Large market participant generation facilities are defined as having a capacity over 10MW.

Application Process

Please contact DER@festivalhydro.com

Forms

Form A: Pre-FIT Consultation Application

Form B: Connection Impact Assessment (CIA)

Form C: Micro Generation Connection Application

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the process take?

The process is dependent on size for small and medium sized projects it may take anywhere from 3 to 6 months.

How much does the process cost?

Prices can vary depending on project scope please submit an application for pricing.

Am I eligible for Generation?

Please make an application to determine eligibility.

How many credits do I have?

Please refer to your monthly hydro bill as it will indicate your current credit balance.

How much does a generation system cost?

Please contact a renewable generation installation company for costs.