Net Metering Billing
How it works
A Net Metering customer’s bill is calculated using a bidirectional meter, which records power flowing in either direction.
This type of meter measures how much electricity you use from PGE and how much electricity your system supplies to the grid. Each billing period, the power you used from PGE is offset by the power you sent to PGE. Your bill for energy will only be for the difference or “net.” Your monthly bill will always include the basic service charge, taxes and other adjustments not related to the amount of energy used.
Credit for extra generation
If you generate more than you use, your bill will have no kilowatt-hour charges, and you will receive kilowatt-hour credits that will be applied to your future electric bills. Unused credits will accumulate in your PGE account.
For solar electric customers, this means credits you accumulate during sunny summer months can be applied to charges during Oregon’s cloudy winter months. View your PGE bill and see the Net Metering rate schedule for complete details.
Under Oregon Public Utility Commission’s Net Metering rules, credits that remain unused at the end of the annual billing cycle are transferred to customers enrolled in low-income assistance programs.
This happens in the billing cycle that ends in March. If you would benefit by having your annual billing cycle end in another month, contact the Net Metering coordinator to request a switch.
For more information, email us, or call the Net Metering coordinator at 503-464-8100.