Last updated: 09/05/13
Net Metering in Texas
As you learned in our Solarize Plano Project information meetings, an important consideration to obtain the maximum long term benefit from a distributed PV solar system installed on your home or business is the availability of net metering rate plans. (See background information below.)
To find Retail Electric Providers (REPs) in North Texas that offer net metering like rate plans, go to the webpage listed below of the Power to Choose website
Additional information about Renewable Power in Texas can be found on the Renewable Power section of the Power to Choose website
Enrollees are encouraged to contact their current REP and ask for information about their net metering “like” plans. If your current REP does not offer this type of plan, you are encouraged to tell them you probably will be switching to a REP that does of this type of plan.
Net metering ensures that electric customers who generate their own power get credit for each kilowatt-hour of excess electricity they deliver to the grid. These credits can then be used by the customer to offset power they purchase from the utility at other times. In other words, when they generate more than they need: they get net metering bill credits. When they need more than they generate: they can use those credits to lower their power bills. This simple billing arrangement can make a significant impact on the economic viability of an investment in renewable energy. To learn more about net metering, see http://freeingthegrid.org and Additional Information on Distributed Generation and Net Metering
Most states (about 43) have statewide policies requiring electric utilities to provide net metering. As of now, Texas IS NOT one of those 43 states. We encourage citizens to contact their respective state legislators and urge them to establish statewide net metering policies.
A. Submit a complaint/upgrade request to the www.powertochoose.org website to add a search feature to make it possible to find net metering type rate plans. To accomplish this, go to this website - http://powertochoose.org/en-us/Content/ContactUs - and submit a request similar to this:
Reason for Contact: Complaint
Email address: <enter your email address>
Subject: Distributed Generation sell back or net metering type rate plans
As more distributed generation PV solar is being deployed across Texas, we need the powertochoose website to provide a search/filter alongside the other search/filters so that net metering type rate plans can be found and easily compared to other rate plans. When will you have this feature available?
<provide your name>
B. Contact your current REP and (1) tell them you are participating in the Solarize Plano Project, (2) you are going to install a PV solar system, and (3) you want them to provide you with information for their best rate plans that include net metering features. Ask them to provide you a link to this information so that we can share it with other participants of the Solarize Plano Project. If they don’t offer any net metering “like” rate plans, then:
If information links are provided by your REP, please share them with us so that we can post the links on the Solarize Plano Projection Communications area of our website.