Before You Begin

To get started, you first need to complete an application, so we can study the system capacity and estimate the cost of your generator connection. There are some pieces of information and additional forms you’ll need to provide with your application, so please review this list and make sure you have them all:

  • Estimated amount of power generated onto the system
  • Legal land description
  • Third party authorization
  • Electrician or consultant contact information
  • Site plan diagram

Large generators that cannot be supported by the distribution system are required to submit a request to FortisAlberta for a Section 101(2) exemption as per the Electric Utilities Act. For more information or to submit an application, please email generation@fortisalberta.com or call 310-WIRE.

After we receive your completed application, you’ll move into Phase 1. You can review what happens in each phase below. If you’ve worked with us before on a distributed generation project, you can go straight to the application.

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Phase 1

Estimation and Quotation

In this phase, there are six steps that help determine the feasibility of connecting your generator, the connection requirements and cost. Click on each step to learn more.

Initiate High Level Study Request

Estimated: Three Weeks

What You'll Do:

  • Download and submit an application for a distributed generation project to generation@fortisalberta.com
  • Make sure you've submitted all supporting documents with your application
  • Pay the High Level Study fee (fees start at $1,000 + GST)

What We'll Do:

  • Review your submission, and assign a request number to your project
  • Send you an invoice for the High Level Study fee
  • Complete a High Level Study and send you the results

Complete Detailed Study

Estimated: Six Weeks

What You'll Do:

  • Review the High Level Study results and ask any clarification questions
  • Ask us to start the Detailed Study
  • Pay the Detailed Study fee (fees start at $5,000 + GST)

What We'll Do:

  • Send you an invoice for the Detailed Study fee
  • Carry out the Detailed Study
  • Assign a quotation analyst to your project

Complete Transmission Study (if necessary)

Estimated: 24 - 28 Weeks

What You'll Do:

  • Pay the Transmission Study fee (cost varies based on project location and scope)
  • Attend Transmission Study meetings with us
  • Answer questions and provide detailed information for your project as required

What We'll Do:

  • Ask the Transmission Facility Owner (TFO) to start the Transmission Study
  • Attend Transmission Study meetings
  • Receive the Quotation and Proposal from the TFO
  • Apply to the AESO to start a Behind the Fence (BTF) application for your generator, if necessary

Calculate Distribution Costs

Estimated: Three Weeks

What You'll Do:

  • Schedule a time for us to review your property and service requirements, if necessary

What We'll Do:

  • Meet you on-site, if necessary
  • Put together an estimate and prepare a quotation package
  • Wait for the transmission cost estimate, if necessary

Issue Your Quote

Estimated: One Week

What You'll Do:

  • Check your e-mail; your quotation package will arrive soon
  • Review the quotation package

What We'll Do:

  • Send out your quotation package

Customer Sign Off

Estimated: One Week

What You'll Do:

  • Send us your signed quote letter
  • Send us your payment and any outstanding documents
  • Gather information from the pre-energization checklist, found in your quotation package

What We'll Do:

  • Process your acceptance documentation
  • Send you an invoice for the quote amount
  • Start pre-energization activities

Phase 2

Plan and Design

Connecting distributed generation projects safely and efficiently takes planning. In this phase, we lay the groundwork for the construction of your electrical infrastructure.

Estimated: Three Weeks

What You'll Do:

  • Meet us on-site to confirm requirements, if necessary
  • Send us any outstanding information, that will help us complete our design

What We'll Do:

  • Assign a designer to your project
  • Review the project scope on-site, if necessary
  • Create a detailed design for the generator connection
  • Submit for permits and approvals, and order material for construction

Phase 3

Permits and Approvals

One of the most common causes of schedule delays is the permitting and approval process. During this phase, we'll make sure all of your approval applications are made ahead of construction, so that your project can be completed on-time.

Estimated: Three - Four Weeks

What You'll Do:

  • Wait for us to secure permits and approvals

What We'll Do:

  • Secure all required permits and approvals
  • Ensure we've budgeted enough time for approvals. Some of these, like municipality or pipeline approvals, can take up to four weeks.

Phase 4

Construction

This phase includes all the work that must be completed on-site by us, and by you.

Estimated: Three Weeks

What You'll Do:

  • Complete any necessary on-site work such as backfilling or trenching
  • Make sure your facilities are installed and ready for connection
  • Grant our crews access to your site

What We'll Do:

  • Visit the site and evaluate its readiness
  • Contact Alberta One-Call to make sure digging locations are marked
  • Schedule our crew
  • Complete construction

Phase 5

Energize

This is the phase where we confirm your generator has been installed and will be operated safely, and won’t affect other customers connected to the system. We will sign an Interconnection Agreement with you, and issue permission to connect the generator.

Estimated: Three Days

What You'll Do:

  • Ensure all information required in the pre-energization checklist has been provided
  • Ensure your facility construction is complete
  • If you haven’t already, call your billing company and provide your Site ID to enrol your site
  • If you’ve already enrolled, call your billing company to initiate the process to turn your power on
  • Review and sign the Interconnection Agreement

What We'll Do:

  • Send you your generator Site ID
  • Work with you to make sure everything in the pre-energization checklist is complete
  • Create the Interconnection Agreement document and send to you to sign
  • Issue permission to connect the generator