Net Energy Metering for Residential Customers
RCEA is dedicated to supporting customers like you to generate your own renewable energy. As a NEM customer with RCEA you buy energy at lower rates and sell energy back to the grid at higher rates.
New solar customers will be automatically enrolled into the program. When you complete the solar interconnection agreement with PG&E, you will be enrolled with RCEA.
How Does the Program Work?
If you generate more electricity than you use, each month RCEA will credit you at your retail generation rate plus an additional $0.01/kWh bonus. Those surplus credits will be rolled over to the next month for you to use later in the year or cash out in May.
If you use more electricity than you produce you will be charged for the difference at slightly lower rates than PG&E. See www.pge.com/cca for rate details.
RCEA’s generation charges are billed monthly. This means that there will not be a large bill at the end of the year like with PG&E . Your delivery charges are still billed through PG&E, and will continue to be billed on a yearly cycle.
View our “Year-at-a-Glance” RCEA / PG&E bill comparison” for customers that consume more energy than they produce.
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See our Rate Information (PDF) for grid-connected customers with solar or other renewable energy systems. As a NEM customer you can be on any rate schedule you would have been on otherwise.
End of the Year Payout
In May 2020, if you have a credit balance of $100 or more, RCEA will send you a letter detailing the amount of your credit and how to request a check for your NEM credit amount. Checks will not be sent unless you mail your response by June 10th in the envelope provided.
If the credit amount is below $100, those credits will be rolled over to the following billing cycle for you to use later.
Please note that next year in May RCEA will automatically send out a check to all NEM customers with a credit of $100 or more for their credit balance with a cap of $5,000. If your credit exceeds $5,000 the excess will be rolled over to the following bill cycle.
Closing a NEM Account
If you have a credit when you close your NEM account, RCEA will send you a check for the balance. Please allow for processing time. If you are moving, please inform us of your new address to ensure you receive your payment.
Opt up to 100% renewable energy with REpower Plus!
For a $0.01/kWh premium, upgrading to 100% renewable energy ensures that you are always using 100% renewable energy even if the sun isn’t shining. If you are a net generator you will earn an extra $0.01/kWh for the energy you produce.
The following NEM Sample Bill provides an explanation of the RCEA and PG&E charges for NEM customers.