How to read your bill

As a net energy metering (NEM) customer, you receive two statements each month: your PG&E bill, and your NEM statement. After 12 billing months, PG&E will send you an annual "true-up" statement to reconcile your credits and charges for the billing cycle.


My PG&E statements: What you will receive

As a solar or renewable energy customer, you still will receive a PG&E bill every month. However, the amount due is only a monthly minimum electric charge, plus any additional gas or non-energy charges.
Download sample PG&E bill (monthly) (PDF, 1.27 MB)

In a separate envelope you will receive your NEM statement. It provides details of your electricity usage and a snapshot of your current and year-to-date charges and credits.
Download sample NEM statement (monthly) (PDF, 3.73 MB)

After 12 months, your monthly net energy charges and credits are reconciled in an annual true-up statement. Any remaining charges must be paid and any excess surpluses are typically reset to zero.

Download sample True-up statement (yearly) (PDF, 2.84 MB)


Common questions about Net Energy Metering billing


How does Net Energy Metering (NEM) billing work?

As a PG&E solar and renewable energy customer, you are enrolled in the NEM program to monitor both your property’s energy production and consumption. PG&E installs a specially programmed net meter to measure the net energythe difference between the energy produced by your renewable generating system and the amount of electricity supplied by PG&E. Your meter is read monthly, and the net energy usage during each billing period appears as either a credit or a charge on your NEM statement. These credits and charges are carried forward month to month for 12 billing cycles. The final amount is reconciled on your annual true-up statement.


What is the annual "true-up" statement?

As a net energy metering customer, you will receive your annual true-up statement at the end of the 12th month of your billing cycle. The true-up statement reconciles all the cumulative energy charges, credits and compensation for the entire 12-month billing cycle. If you have a balance due after all charges and credits are reconciled, that amount will appear on the last PG&E bill of your 12 month billing cycle.


Will I receive payment for excess energy generated by my system?

You are entitled to compensation for the surplus energy that your system produced but did not use over the 12-month billing cycle. The rate is set by California Public Utilities Commission at approximately $0.03 to $0.04 per kilowatt-hour (kWh). As a NEM customer, you do not need to take any action to receive compensation. PG&E will determine your eligibility automatically at the end of each true-up billing cycle and calculate any amount owed to you. Learn more about Net Surplus Compensation.


How is my bill affected by my rate schedule?

The rate at which a charge or credit is calculated is based on your electric rate schedule. When you become a NEM customer, you can choose to remain on your existing rate schedule or request an interconnection agreement with a different metered rate schedule. Your contractor should help you understand the different rate schedules for which you qualify.


Time-of-use customers


Surplus energy

If you selected a time-of-use or seasonal electric rate schedule, your account may show a credit even when your system has not generated a net energy surplus. This is because the rate per kWh is higher during certain times of the day and/or certain times of the year. If your system generates more energy than your property consumes during these peak periods, the rates at which you are credited are higher than the rates you may be charged for consuming energy during non-peak periods. Visit Billing frequently asked questions (FAQs).

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