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Net Energy Billing (NEB)

Governed by P.L. 2019 c. 478 and Chapter 313 of the PUC rules. 

  • NEB programs allow customers to offset their electricity bills using the output from small renewable generators.
  • Customers may own their own project or share in a project with other customers.
  • The generation facility may be located on the customer’s property or on another property within the same utility service territory.

Under NEB, there are two programs:

NEB kWh Credit Program

(Available to all electric utility customers)

NEB Tariff Rate Program

(Available to non-residential customers)

Provides kWh credits on participating customers’ electricity bills

Provides dollar credits on participating customers’ electricity bills.  Rates are determined annually by the PUC.  For current rates used to determine the monthly credit, click here.

Projects must be renewable generators less than 5 MW in size

Projects must be renewable generators less than 5 MW in size

Customers may choose to have their own project, such as by installing solar panels on their rooftop, or to participate in a larger project on a “shared” basis with other customers.  Shared projects are sometimes referred to as “community” projects.

Customers may choose to have their own project or to share in a project with other commercial or industrial customers. 

Entities that market projects to residential or small commercial customers must be registered with the PUC.  See the list of Registered Project Sponsors, Marketers, etc.

Entities marketing projects to small commercial customer must be registered with the PUC. See the list of Registered Project Sponsors, Marketers, etc.

Entities marketing projects to residential and small commercial customers must provide those customers with an NEB Disclosure Form (kWh Credit) that includes information on the costs and benefits of the project to the customer.

Entities marketing projects to small commercial customers must provide those customers with an NEB Disclosure Form (Tariff Credit) that includes information on the costs and benefits of the project.

Unused credits expire after 12 months

Unused credits expire after 12 months

 

Net Energy Tariff Rates

The Commission will establish tariff rates by January 1 each year for the Net Energy Tariff Rate Program.

Customers participating in this program will receive a bill credit equal to the tariff rate multiplied by the customer’s share of the facility output during the applicable period. The bill credit shall apply against the total amount of the bill issued to the customer by the transmission and distribution utility, but may not result in a negative customer bill. Unused credits expire after 12-months.

Period

Customer Class

Central Maine

Power Company

Emera Maine –

Bangor Hydro District

Emera Maine –

Maine Public District

Calendar Year 2020
(December 2, 2019 Order in Docket No. 2019-00197)

Small Commercial

$0.130026 per kWh

$0.146672 per kWh

$0.121637 per kWh

Medium Commercial or Industrial

$0.127597 per kWh

$0.149268 per kWh

$0.118001 per kWh

Large Commercial or Industrial

$0.140872 per kWh

$0.151146 per kWh

$0.139343 per kWh