Net Energy Metering

Solar customers with an MCE credit balance will receive a cash-out check in April. MCE generation credits will no longer be applied against PG&E charges but will be applied against future MCE generation charges. Credits will be noted on your MCE billing page. Please contact us with any questions.

How It Works

Net Energy Metering is a program that PG&E and MCE offers to customers who have solar or other small renewable generation systems. A special meter tracks the net difference between the amount of electricity you produce and the amount of electricity you use during each billing period. When you generate more electricity than you use, you get credited for that excess electricity.

Customers who switch to MCE and are enrolled in PG&E’s net energy metering program will automatically be enrolled in MCE’s net energy metering program. There is no need to fill out new or additional forms. 

Please note that both PG&E and MCE will perform a settlement of your account's net charges and credits (known as a "true-up") when your energy provider changes either to MCE or back to PG&E. This settlement will result in a balance due for any usage charges owed to-date, or alternatively will result in a forfeiture of any excess credits on your account at that time.

Premium Benefits

MCE offers one of the best Net Energy Metering programs in California to encourage local build-out.

  • We pay premium rates for excess electricity, crediting customers at an extra $0.01/kWh
  • Excess credits roll over month after month and never zero out
  • Excess credits over $100 can be cashed out annually for their full retail value, rather than PG&E's wholesale compensation rate
  • MCE bills NEM customers monthly so you don’t end up with a year’s worth of charges at your true-up

Frequently Asked Questions about Net Energy Metering

I am a Net Energy Metering customer with PG&E. If I become a MCE customer will I have to fill out any new forms to stay on Net Energy Metering?

Does MCE offer a net energy metering program for qualified solar electric and other distributed generation systems?

Who is eligible to participate in MCE’s Net Energy Metering program?

Can I apply for MCE's Net Energy Metering program if I am not in the service area?

What types of energy generation are eligible for participation in NEM?

How do I enroll in MCE’s Net Energy Metering program?

What are the differences between MCE's Net Energy Metering program and PG&E's?

How long after I submit my application will it take for NEM to start?

What is MCE doing to encourage installation of rooftop solar?

I was enrolled in PG&E’s NEM program, but now receive my electric supply from MCE. How will my credits be treated with my switch to MCE?

Can I still receive California Solar Initiative (CSI) incentives as an MCE customer?

Is it possible to oversize a solar system in order to generate revenue in excess of my energy bill?

Are there any requirements for increasing energy efficiency in my home or business before installing solar and participating in NEM?

What is a feed-in tariff and how does it relate to MCE’s Net Energy Metering program?