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If you have solar panels or other generation installed at your home or business, SDCP’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) program allows you to offset your monthly electricity consumption. With NEM, your electricity meter tracks how much electricity you’re using from the grid and how much surplus you send to the grid every month. The difference between the energy you produce and send to the grid, and the energy you use from the grid is called ‘net energy’.
The net energy is shown on the bill as negative usage when you’re a net generator or positive usage when you’re a net consumer. SDCP automatically tracks your usage and generation by Time-of-Use period and appropriately credits or charges you monthly based on your rate schedule.
Net Energy Metering – your electricity meter tracks how much electricity you’re using from the grid and how much surplus you send to the grid every month
SDCP is supportive of customers who generate renewable energy.
Please note: enrolling in SDCP service has no effect on your current rate schedules, including tiered and legacy rates, or participation in legacy NEM programs like NEM 1.0 or 2.0
If you are currently being served under NEM 1.0 or 2.0 and generate more electricity than you use in a given month, you will receive a credit for it at retail rates based on the Time-of-Use periods (e.g., Peak/Off-Peak) of your rate schedule. If you are instead on a tiered rate (e.g., DR), you will receive generation credits at the retail rate of the Total period value if you are a net generator of electricity. If you use more energy than you generate, you will be billed for it at the same retail rate. Essentially, we pay you monthly for the electricity you produce and send to the grid at the same rate that we would have charged you, if you were drawing power from the grid.
During months when you are a net generator, you generate credits that are banked for future use. During a month when you are a net consumer of electricity, we use those credits to help offset the cost. If you don’t have enough credits banked to cover all of the charges for any given month, we will bill you for the difference. This helps you to better budget electricity costs and avoid surprise true-up bills from SDCP.
If you generate more electricity than you use, you will receive a credit for it at retail rates
If you use more energy than you generate, you will be billed for it at the same retail rate
At the end of the 12-month billing period, called the Relevant Period, during your standard True-Up period with SDG&E, we conduct an electricity true-up. We look at how much electricity (in kilowatt-hours or kWh) you generated and sent to the grid, and how much electricity you consumed from the grid. If you consumed more than you generated, you won’t get a big surprise bill since we do monthly account balancing. However, if you generated more than you consumed, we will pay you for adding clean electricity to the local grid. We do a cash out annually during true-up.
When you are a net generator of electricity annually as discussed above, SDCP will pay you for that surplus electricity at the Net Surplus Compensation (NSC) rate + SDCP Bonus Incentive. The SDCP Bonus Incentive is three-quarters of a cent ($0.0075/kWh) on top of the standard NSC rate adopted by the California Public Utilities Commission. Net Surplus Compensation rates vary each month but our incentive will always be added to it. View the current NSC rate here.
To make things convenient for you, if your net surplus compensation amount is $100 or more, up to $2,500, per account, we will automatically issue you a check! If it’s less than $100, we will carry that forward to the next year to help offset any consumption charges in the future.View An Example