Net Metering

Overview

On December 23, 2015, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) established new net metering rules and rates, as directed by the Nevada Legislature, and contemplated by Senate Bill 374. The PUCN's order creates new classes of residential and small general service, partial requirements net metering customers. On February 17, 2016 the PUCN issued a modified order that changed the structured transition to cost based rates for net metering customers from the five years in the original order to twelve years. Over the next 12 years, the basic service charge will increase once every three years. This increase will be accompanied by a related decrease in the energy charge that net metering customers pay for each unit of energy delivered by NV Energy and a decrease in the credit that NV Energy provides for energy delivered by net metering customers to NV Energy's system. The rates that the PUCN sets for services provided by NV Energy, as well as the value of the credit for excess energy delivered by net metering customers, will be reset by the PUCN periodically. Our forecast for these rate changes is presented below.

NV Energy believes that the PUCN order implements one of the primary goals of Senate Bill 374 by establishing a sustainable environment for renewable distributed generation. The order separates the prices of energy and related services provided by NV Energy, and the intermittent renewable energy provided to NV Energy by net metering customers. This approach is fair because it recognizes that the energy and suite of energy services provided by NV Energy to net metering customers differs from the intermittent excess energy delivered to NV Energy's system.

Southern Nevada 12-Year Net-Metering Rate Change Forecast

Basic Service Charge Volumetric Charge** Excess Energy Credit
Prior Rate $12.75 $0.11289  
January 1, 2016 $17.90 $0.11067 $0.09199
January 1, 2019 $23.05 $0.10845 $0.07429
January 1, 2022 $28.21 $0.10623 $0.05747
January 1, 2025 $33.36 $0.10418 $0.04157
January 1, 2028 $38.51 $0.10179 $0.02649
Basic Service Charge Volumetric Charge** Excess Energy Credit
Prior Rate $9.00 $0.10559  
January 1, 2016 $11.51 $0.10266 $0.08581
January 1, 2019 $14.03 $0.09974 $0.06922
January 1, 2022 $16.54 $0.09681 $0.05381
January 1, 2025 $19.06 $0.09389 $0.03956
January 1, 2028 $21.57 $0.09096 $0.02649
Basic Service Charge Volumetric Charge** Excess Energy Credit
Prior Rate $82.50 $0.10580  
January 1, 2016 $93.56 $0.10097 $0.08441
January 1, 2019 $104.62 $0.09613 $0.06703
January 1, 2022 $115.67 $0.09130 $0.05158
January 1, 2025 $126.73 $0.08646 $0.03807
January 1, 2028 $137.79 $0.08163 $0.02649
Basic Service Charge Volumetric Charge** Excess Energy Credit
Prior Rate $27.50 $0.06780  
January 1, 2016 $36.19 $0.06862 $0.06081
January 1, 2019 $44.88 $0.06964 $0.05272
January 1, 2022 $53.57 $0.07046 $0.04431
January 1, 2025 $62.26 $0.07128 $0.03556
January 1, 2028 $70.95 $0.07210 $0.02649

*These rates are subject to change and will change quarterly with each BTER/DEAA quarterly adjustment.
**Volumetric Charge is comprised of all components charged on a per kWh basis. Those components are BTER, BTGR, TRED, REPR, DEAA, EE, and UEC. Additional information about the individual components is available on the Statement of Rates and the Rate Schedule included with your bill.

Northern Nevada 12-Year Net-Metering Rate Change Forecast

Basic Service Charge Volumetric Charge** Excess Energy Credit
Prior Rate $15.25 $0.08829
January 1, 2016 $21.09 $0.08267 $0.07620
January 1, 2019 $26.92 $0.07705 $0.06055
January 1, 2022 $32.76 $0.07143 $0.04716
January 1, 2025 $38.59 $0.06582 $0.03601
January 1, 2028 $44.43 $0.06020 $0.02711
Basic Service Charge Volumetric Charge** Excess Energy Credit
Prior Rate $7.50 $0.07884
January 1, 2016 $9.85 $0.08311 $0.07666
January 1, 2019 $12.58 $0.07745 $0.06092
January 1, 2022 $15.30 $0.07180 $0.04744
January 1, 2025 $18.03 $0.06614 $0.03623
January 1, 2028 $20.75 $0.06049 $0.02727
Basic Service Charge Volumetric Charge** Excess Energy Credit
Prior Rate $32.00 $0.07434
January 1, 2016 $45.58 $0.07084 $0.06692
January 1, 2019 $59.17 $0.06734 $0.05487
January 1, 2022 $72.75 $0.06384 $0.04421
January 1, 2025 $86.34 $0.06033 $0.03496
January 1, 2028 $99.92 $0.05683 $0.02711

*These rates are subject to change and will change quarterly with each BTER/DEAA quarterly adjustment.
**Volumetric Charge is comprised of all components charged on a per kWh basis. Those components are BTER, BTGR, TRED, REPR, DEAA, EE, and UEC. Additional information about the individual components is available on the Statement of Rates and the Rate Schedule included with your bill.

Expired NMR Rate vs New NEM Rate Bill Comparisons

Northern Nevada
Southern Nevada
D-1-NEM Bill Comparison (pdf) RS-NEM Bill Comparison (pdf)
DM-1-NEM Bill Comparison*** RM-NEM Bill Comparison (pdf)
GS-1-NEM Bill Comparison (pdf) LRS-NEM Bill Comparison (pdf)
*** no customers in this class GS-NEM Bill Comparison (pdf)
OD-1 TOU-NEM Bill Comparison (pdf) ORS TOU-NEM Bill Comparison (pdf)

* Bills represent a class average annual usage for electric usage and excess energy delivered to the Utility.
* Bills do not include any previous banked usage or credits rolled over from previous months.
* Electric usage and excess energy delivered to the Utility will vary among customers based on their electric usage habits and size of their Net Metering System.
* The NEM flat rate examples are estimates based on data from existing flat-rate NEM customers. The optional Time-of-Use ("TOU") examples are estimates using data from optional TOU NEM customers for one summer month and one winter month. Due to the seasonal changes in bills under a TOU rate it is important to look at the results across all months of the year. Based on the optional TOU customer data, TOU customers generally have larger bill reductions under the optional NEM2 TOU (Step 1) rates than under the NEM1 or NEM2 (Step 1) flat rate on an annual basis.
* Rates are subject to change. To see the current tariffs online, click here.

Net-Energy Metering ("NEM") Bill Comparison Estimate Calculators

* Requires Microsoft Excel.
* Results provided are estimates only.

Net Metering Billing Questions:

Southern Nevada:

Understand Your Bill Download

Southern Nevada: 702-402-2330

Northern Nevada:

Understand Your Bill Download

Northern Nevada Residential: 775-834-3020
Northern Nevada Commercial: 775-834-4337


10 Steps to complete your incentivied net metering system
10 Steps to Complete your Net Metering System

Time of Use (TOU)

As part of the new net metering rate structure, the PUCN established a standard rate and one Time of Use (TOU) rate option for net metering customers. Customers who select the TOU option and reduce consumption during periods when the total demand for electricity is highest, (the peak) will save money. The TOU rate schedule is available here. We encourage customers to view their usage habits and history at nvenergy.com/myaccount to determine if the TOU option would save them money.

Current TOU net metering customers have until March 31, 2016 to decide if they want to be on the standard net metering rate. Standard net metering customers may switch to the net metering TOU rate at any time. Once the TOU rate is selected, a customer must stay on this rate schedule for 12 months. To make changes to your current rate schedule, please contact NV Energy Net Metering Billing.

Northern Nevada
Southern Nevada

Residential:
775-834-3020
Commercial:
775-834-4337
Toll-Free: 855-227-5686

Residential:
and Commercial:
702-402-2330
Toll-Free: 844-882-0767

About Net Metering

Net metering allows you to use the energy generated by your renewable energy system to offset your monthly power bill. Any NV Energy customer who installs a renewable energy system may be eligible for Net Metering. As a customer, you may participate in Net Metering even if you choose not to participate in the RenewableGenerations incentive programs.

What is Net Metering?

If your renewable energy system is net metered, the energy the system produces will power your appliances and whatever other electric loads you have tied to your meter. However, when your system isn't producing energy, such as at night, your electricity will come from NV Energy. You may also need electricity from NV Energy when your system is not producing all the energy you need, such as when you have the air conditioning and other appliances running. The NV Energy meter records the difference between what your system produces and the total amount of energy you consume.

If your system produces more energy in a billing period than you used, NV Energy will provide you with a monetary credit for energy delivered to its system. This credit will be used to offset any portion of your NV Energy bill, and unused credits will roll over each month. At the end of the year, NV Energy will issue a check for any outstanding balance.

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Rate Schedules

Net metered customers may choose to participate in the program under either a standard rate schedule or a Time of Use rate schedule. Customers who choose the standard rate schedule are billed, and are paid a monetary credit for energy delivered to NV Energy's system, at a constant level. Customers who choose to participate in Time of Use net metering are billed at different rates at different times of the day, i.e. higher rates during on-peak hours and lower rates during off-peak hours. Time of Use customers are also paid a monetary credit for energy delivered to NV Energy's system, but the credit changes with the time of production, i.e. higher credit during on-peak hours and lower credits during off-peak hours. For more information on time of use, see the appropriate Rate Schedule below.

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Who Qualifies?

Any NV Energy customer who installs a renewable energy system may be eligible for Net Metering.

 - Incentivized System Installations: Customers who participate in the RenewableGenerations incentive programs will be automatically enrolled in net metering through the incentive program. Incentivized customers must sign the Portfolio Energy Credits (PCs) generated by their system to NV Energy.

 - Non-Incentivized System Installations: Customers who are not participating in the RenewableGenerations program should apply directly to the net metering program. Non-Incentivized customers keep ownership of their Portfolio Energy Credits.

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How to Apply

Important: NV Energy customers who want to receive an NV Energy incentive for their system must apply through a different process. Visit the RenewableGenerations site for more information on NV Energy's incentive program.

For Non-Incentivized Applications:

  1. Submit Application in PowerClerk Interconnect. Customers applying for the non-incentivized net metering program must submit an application in PowerClerk Interconnect. Applications may be submitted by the Host Customer or the contractor. Applicants will need information on the proposed site, the system components, and information from the Host Customer's electric bill. Applicants must upload a recent copy of the Host Customer's electric bill.
  2. NV Energy Reviews Application. If corrections to the application are required, NV Energy will notify the applicant through PowerClerk.
  3. Signatures Requested. When NV Energy requests signatures, the customer may install the system and then upload the required documentation for final interconnection. Required documents are:
    1. Signed off building permit
    2. Signed net metering agreement which is generated in PowerClerk and signed digitally.
  4. Documentation Review. NV Energy will review the final documentation.
  5. Net Metering Inspection. If final documentation is approved, NV Energy will schedule an inspection.
  6. Meter Set. If the inspection passes, NV Energy will install the new bidirectional net meter.
  7. Permission to Operate. Once the new meter is installed, the system may be energized.

Applicants may check their status at any time in PowerClerk Interconnect.

Apply Here: PowerClerk Interconnect.

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Net Metering Agreement

Net metering participants are required to sign a net metering agreement prior to energizing the system in connection with the electric grid. NV Energy must also conduct a verification of the system before it is energized in connection with NV Energy’s distribution system. Once the system passes verification, NV Energy will install a bidirectional net meter to measure the flow of energy from the system to the grid, and the flow of energy from the grid to the customer’s property. It is important to read and understand the agreement prior to participating in the Net Metering program.

Net Metering Billing

Once your system is complete and a new bidirectional meter is installed, your bill will change to accommodate the additional information provided by the net meter. Review the How to Read your Net Metering Bill brochure to better understand how to read your statement. Contact the Net Metering billing department with questions about your net metering statement.

Northern Nevada
Southern Nevada

Residential:
775-834-3020
Commercial:
775-834-4337
Toll-Free: 855-227-5686

Residential:
and Commercial:
702-402-2330
Toll-Free: 844-882-0767

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Rules

Net Metering Rider for Nevada Power or Sierra Pacific. Systems installed by non-incentivized customers must:

  • Be connected to the utility grid
  • Be located on your premises
  • Be used primarily to offset all or part of the electricity you receive from NV Energy
  • Have a generating capacity of 1,000 kilowatts or less
  • Be constructed to comply with utility standards
  • Be approved under the local building code or jurisdiction

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FAQs

  • Will the new rules and regulations affect all net metering (rooftop solar) customers?

    The new rules and rates affect all residential and small general service net metering customers, regardless of when the customer's solar generation system was installed. The PUCN created a separate rate class for these customers. The new rates are effective January 1, 2016.

  • How have the rates changed?

    The basic service charge increased and the Volumetric Charge** (kWh or energy charge) decreased. An excess energy credit was created that pays net metering customers for the excess energy they deliver to the utility.

  • Did the amount of the credit I get for any excess energy my system produces change?

    Yes. Instead of a unit, or kilowatt-hour credit, NV Energy will provide net metering customers with a monetary credit for energy delivered to NV Energy's system. This credit may be used to offset any portion of the customer's NV Energy bill, and unused credits will roll over each month. At the end of the year, NV Energy will issue a check for any outstanding balance. The credit will decrease annually each year and, at the end of the 12 year transition period, will reflect the value of solar energy (wholesale rate) as established by the PUCN.

  • Why did the net metering rates and rules change?

    Rooftop solar customers use the grid to receive and send energy, this is a different usage pattern than other electric service customers. These new rates reflect the fact that net metering customers receive unique services and the cost of providing those services is different than providing service to other customers that do not own their own electric generation equipment. Prior to these new rules, customers without rooftop solar were subsidizing those customers with rooftop solar systems.

  • Are the new rate adjustments happening all at once?

    No. The PUCN put into place a laddering process to gradually implement increases in the basic service charge and reductions in the Volumetric Charge** and excess energy credit. The first rate change occurred on January 1, 2016 and will occur every 3 years until January 1, 2028 to ensure a smooth transition to the new rates. The new rates may be changed over the course of time, including during the 12-year implementation period, through action by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.

  • Will I still be able to save money on my NV Energy bill?

    Based on current data, customers will have the opportunity to continue saving on their NV Energy bill. Because NV Energy is not involved in negotiating rates with rooftop solar providers, it is recommended that customers review costs included in their contract to determine additional rate information.

  • How does this change affect the net metering agreement I have with NV Energy?

    There is no impact to your net metering agreement, which is basically an interconnection (connection to NV Energy's grid to receive and send energy) agreement that is required for rooftop solar customers.

  • Is this the first time the basic service charge has changed for net metering customers?

    No. Rates are subject to change during General Rate Case proceedings. The basic service charge has changed (for all customers) four times in southern Nevada and five times in northern Nevada since net metering began [in 1997]. Changes to the basic service charge are likely to occur in the future.

  • Do these net metering rate changes increase profits to NV Energy?

    No. There is no additional profit to NV Energy as a result of these changes.

  • What changes were made to Time of Use rates for net metering?

    There is now only one Time of Use rate option for net metering customers instead of two.

  • How do I know if the Time of Use rate is a better option for me?

    The net metering Time of Use and flat rate schedules are available at nvenergy.com/nemrates. We encourage customers to view their usage habits and history at nvenergy.com/myaccount to determine if the TOU option would save them money.

  • If I'm an existing net metering customer, can I switch to the net metering Time of Use rate?

    Yes. Current TOU net metering customers have until March 31, 2016 to decide if they want to be on the standard net metering rate. Standard net metering customers may switch to the net metering TOU rate at any time. Once the TOU rate is selected, a customer must stay on this rate schedule for 12 months. To make changes customers should contact NV Energy Net Metering Billing.

  • Can I still apply for an incentive through the RenewableGenerations program?

    Yes. The program is available to all customers.

  • Did the new rules set a limit to the number of rooftop solar projects?

    No, just the opposite. As was agreed to during negotiations on Senate Bill 374, which set forth a sustainable future for rooftop solar, there is no longer a cap on the number of rooftop solar projects that can be installed in Nevada.

  • Does my eligibility for any potential federal income tax credits change with the new rule?

    No. Eligibility is not affected by the PUCN's order.

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