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NEM Rates

Last Updated 9/1/2013

You can opt for the NEM billing rate or elect to stay with your residential rate. The bill credits you earn and the energy you consume (not covered by bill credits) will result in the rate you choose.

To make a smart decision about which rate is right for you, perform a  simple self-analysis of your regular energy usage:

  • Read 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)

If your electricity use during on-peak hours (11 am – 6 pm weekdays) is less than the amount your solar system is producing, the NEM billing rate could help lower your annual electricity costs.

Weighing the Financial Benefits

The price of energy is much higher during on-peak hours, especially during the summer months, when your system typically produces maxiumum electricity. This means that every excess kilowatt-hour your system generates is credited to your account at the higher rate during the on-peak period.

If you reduce your energy usage during the on-peak period, your solar system sends the excess energy to the grid and you get credited for this. The higher credits you receive can offset the cost of electricity during times when you may need electricity from the grid.

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.

More Information

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

  • Electric Rate Tiers Breakdown By Summer/Winter

    The time periods, seasons and costs below can help you to do your analysis to determine if the NEM billing rate is right for you.

    NEM Rate Chart

    The Standard Residential Electric Rates reflect Total UDC rates under Schedule DR, SDG&E's primary schedule for residential electric service, and the applicable rates under Schedules EECC and DWR-BC.

    The chart reflects rates with an effective date of September 1, 2013 (AL 2513-E).

    * Electricity use that falls within the monthly baseline allowance of kWh shown on your SDG&E bill is billed at the baseline rate per kWh, which is the lowest rate.

  • Kilowatt-Hour Costs

    Schedule DR-SES Kilowatt-hour costs

    Time-of-Use Meter Charge

    0.0¢ per month

    Summer on-peak

    30.1¢ per kWh

    Summer semi-peak

    21.2¢ per kWh

    Summer off-peak

    19.5¢ per kWh

    Winter semi-peak

    20.6¢ per kWh

    Winter off-peak

    19.7¢ per kWh

    Keep this in mind: If you use more on-peak electricity than your SES 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.

  • 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.

    Seasons

    Summer

    May 1 – October 31

    Winter 

    November 1 – April 30

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