NEM Rates

Last Updated 12/10/2014

You can opt for the Net Energy Metering - NEM billing rate DR-SES or stay with your existing residential DR rate. Understanding your generation and energy usage will help you make an informed rate choice.

To make an informed decision about which rate is right for you, try this self-analysis of your energy usage:

  • Read the netted “10” display on your electric meter at 11 a.m., then again at 6 p.m.
  • Subtract the first reading from the second reading
  • The end result will show a positive number (how much energy you use) or a negative number (the excess energy sent back to the grid).

    More information regarding reading your smart net-energy meter

If your energy use is less than your energy generation during summer on-peak DR-SES hours (11 am – 6 pm weekdays), the NEM DR-SES billing rate could help lower your annual electricity costs. Under the DR-SES rate there is no on-peak during the winter period. 

Weighing the Financial Benefits

The price of energy is much higher during summer on-peak hours, when your system typically produces the most electricity. This means that every excess kilowatt-hour your system generates is credited to your account at the higher rate during the summer on-peak period. The higher credits you receive can offset the cost of electricity during times when you may need electricity from the grid, such as in the evening when the system is not producing energy.

If you use more on-peak electricity than your system produces, you’ll be charged the higher rate for the energy you use. It’s possible your bill could end up being higher than it would have been under the standard residential rate.

  • If you are an over-all net producer of energy (your system produces more energy than you use), you will be charged $0.17 per day, or about $62 per year regardless of which rate you choose.
  • If you are on medical baseline, please be aware that the DR-SES rate does not have baseline tiers, and will probably not be a benefit to you.
  • Although qualifying low-income DR-SES CARE customers still receive a flat 20% discount on their bill, DR-SES probably will not be a benefit a CARE customer due to additional considerations provided CARE customers on DR-LI.
  • If one of these provisions applies to you, please call our Customer Contact center at 1-800-411-SDGE (7343) and ask to speak to a Net Metering or Solar Specialist.

More Information

Please call us at 1-800-411-7343.

  • DR-SES Time of Use Periods and Seasonal Rate Changes

    With a time-of-use rate like DR-SES, the price of electricity varies according to on-peak, semi-peak and off-peak use time periods as seen in the following table.

    Time Periods

    Summer on-peak

    11am - 6pm, Mon - Fri,
    except holidays

    Summer semi-peak (except holidays)

    6am - 11am and 6pm - 10pm,
    Mon - Fri

    Summer off-peak

    10pm - 6am, Mon - Fri
    and all hours on weekends and holidays

    Winter semi-peak

    6am - 6pm, Mon - Fri,
    except holidays

    Winter off-peak

    6pm - 6am, Mon - Fri
    and all hours on weekends and holidays

    Winter and Summer Seasons

    Depending on your energy usage throughout the day and the amount of electricity produced by your solar energy system, you may be able to reduce your annual energy costs.



    May 1 – October 31


    November 1 – April 30