On May 2, 2016, the Legislative Committee on Energy (the “Committee”) requested that the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (“PUCN”) contract with Energy + Environmental Economics, Inc. (“E3”) to update the 2014 Net EnergyMetering (“NEM”) study (PDF).

The Committee requested that E3 use updated data provided by the utilities so that the two sets of results may be compared. Additionally, the update was to address 1) “any transfers (positive or negative) between participants or nonparticipants under a rate design, such as the one that existed in Nevada prior to 2016, in which NEM customers pay the same fixed charges as non-NEM customers while being compensated at the retail rate for energy fed back to the grid by their distributed energy resources;” and 2) “the cost, if applicable, to Nevada rate payers of reversing the decision not to grandfather older systems onto the prior rates.”

On August 17, 2016, E3 submitted the final update to the PUCN. The PUCN opened Docket No. 16-08031, an informational docket entitled “Nevada Net Energy Metering Impacts Evaluation 2016 update prepared at the request of the Legislative Committee on Energy,” in which the update and relevant documents are available to the general public.

Click on the links below to view the results of the study and to open associated Excel spreadsheet tools.

    What is Net Metering?

    The Nevada Legislature implemented a net metering program in Nevada through the passage of Senate Bill 255 in 1997. Net metering allows an electric customer to use energy generated by his renewable energy system (solar photovoltaic, solar thermal electric, wind, biomass, geothermal electric or hydroelectric) to offset his monthly power bills. If the renewable energy system produces more energy in a billing period than the customer uses, the customer will earn credits that are recorded on his electric bill and automatically applied in the next billing period in which the customer consumes more energy than he produces. Contact your electric utility for more information on net metering.