exempt wholesale generator (EWG)

Refers to a generator of energy for sale exclusively to competing wholesale customers, and who is exempt from some requirements of the Public Utilities Holding Company Act of 1935. An exempt wholesale generator may sell to publicly-owned municipal utilities, but their exemption allows them to sell - or not sell - energy to whomever they choose at whatever rate they choose. The exemption applies federally, but is usually subject to approval by state and regional bodies who may override the exemption if it is felt that this is in the public interest and require a generator to sell within a certain price range or to a certain customer or group of customers.

See also:

Public Utilities Holding Company Act of 1935, wholesale, holding company