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Standby Generator Program

The Standby Generator program lets you earn monthly credits on your electric bill for the portion of your normal facility load you agree to serve with your generator(s) during Tampa Electric's peak energy demand periods. New construction projects do not qualify for the Standby credits.

By participating in the Standby Generator program, you will:

  • Turn your on-site standby generator into an asset.
  • Earn credit toward your electric bill.
  • Help meet the growing need for power in our community
How the program works

A Tampa Electric technician will install a compact radio alert box at a convenient location you designate in your facility. This trouble-free setup is all you need to get started. Then, when we need to request a load transfer, we'll let you know by sending you a radio signal. Your operator can then switch the load to your standby generator. If you start your load transfer activity within our 30-minute grace period, you can even earn additional credit.

We will alert you when it's time to switch your load back to Tampa Electric's service. By participating in the Standby Generator program, your monthly credit will be $4.75 per average transferred kilowatt (kW) demand. Since your load varies, your credit will also vary.

You will receive a credit each month, even if we don't ask you to transfer load – so you benefit just by signing up. To qualify, your transferable load must be a minimum of 25 kW with a minimum of 50 percent load factor during Tampa Electric's designated peak energy use periods. Load factor is the percentage that tells the difference between the amount of electricity actually used and the amount that would have been used at highest demand.

How to participate

You must be a commercial/industrial customer with an on-site generator to be eligible. For more information, call 813-275-3021.

Guidelines
Credits
Equipment
  • Guidelines

    Understanding the Standby Generator program guidelines

    If you are a commercial/industrial customer on a firm general service rate schedule and have an on-site generator, your business may be eligible for electric bill credits.

    Your Tampa Electric's standby generator program lets you transfer load to your facility's generator during peak energy demand periods.

    Normal building load must be a minimum of 25 kilowatts with a minimum of 50 percent load factor during Tampa Electric's peak energy use periods. Load factor is the percentage that tells the difference between the amount of electricity actually used and the amount that would have been used at highest demand.

    You are responsible for your generator's wiring changes and controls. Response time for load transfer to your standby generator is 30 minutes.

    When does the program call for load-transfer?

    Tampa Electric will only call for load transfer during normal control periods unless there is a system wide or statewide emergency.

    Summer operating season is April 1 through October 31. Normal summer control periods are 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    Winter operating season is November 1 through March 31. Normal winter control periods are 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    Terms of the Standby Generator program
    Tampa Electric will inspect the standby generator at least once a year.

    Please note that failure to participate for any three months of a 12-month period will result in a one-year termination from the program. Tampering with Tampa Electric equipment can result in discontinuing current credits as well as any previous credits, which could be billed to you.

    Tampa Electric has the right to remove its equipment and discontinue credits for non-compliance with minimum program requirements.

    Calculating credit for your standby generator
    When you join the program, Tampa Electric makes an on-site visit to determine the transferable load of your generator. This calculation establishes your initial monthly credit.

    Tampa Electric will use the initial transferrable load information for your monthly credit until a control occurs. Once a control occurs, the actual transferred load will be used to determine credits.

    The first month's credit will be prorated, if applicable, based on completion of the installation and confirmed load transfer.

    If you are in the program and have a control in a billing cycle, read the steps in the credit process.

    The annunciator has the green light
    The annunciator is the equipment that lets you know when controls will occur.

  • Credits

    The Standby Generator program offers the following monthly credits:

    • The Meter Department collects meter/interval data with a special recording meter.
    • Once a control date occurs, the date and time are entered, and the credit demand for the month is calculated. If there are no controls, then no report is issued.
      • The average weekday billing demand for non-control days is calculated for each 15-minute period of the day.
      • The 15-minute period is subtracted from the non-control period. The difference, if greater than zero, is the amount of transferred load.
      • Credit demand is calculated by adding transferred kilowatts for each 15 minute period during the control and dividing the number of periods (less than two periods for each control.
    • A validation report also checks the data for accuracy.
    • You earn credits whether or not there are controls during a business cycle.
    • If a billing cycle has one or more controls, credit demand for the month is averaged with the customer's previous 11-month credit history. The customer receives $4.75 credit per averaged kilowatt on the next bill.
    • If there are no controls during a billing cycle, the customers billing credit is the average of the past 12 months credit history.
  • Equipment

    AnnunciatorThe annunciator monitoring equipment has easy-to-read indicator lights that let you know when controls will occur.

    The annunciator is the equipment that lets you know when controls will occur.

    Green Light – Indicates that generator control is ending.

    Red Light – Signals a request to begin the standby generator so that load can be transferred.

    You have 30 minutes between notification and load transfer. A recording meter can track each 15-minute interval of data. This information is collected monthly and used to determine the Standby Generator program credit.