Net Energy Metering (NEM)
Customers who install small solar, wind, biogas, and fuel cell generation facilities to serve all or a portion of onsite electricity needs are eligible for the state's net metering program. Net Energy Metering (NEM) allows customers who generate their own energy to serve their energy needs directly onsite and to receive a financial credit on their electric bills for any surplus energy fed back to their utility.
A NEM program of particular interest to agriculture is NEM aggregation or NEMA. NEMA allows an eligible customer-generator to aggregate the electrical load from multiple meters, and NEM credits are shared among all property that is attached, adjacent, or contiguous to the generation facility. A customer-generator must be the sole owner, lessee, or renter of the properties in order to utilize NEMA.
CAFB has been engaged in the new NEM rulemaking advocating for current NEM 1.0 and 2.0 customers to retain the 20-year payback period they were promised and to dispel the misnomers regarding non-residential cost effectiveness. CAFB also focused on limiting ratepayer impact with the various funds and programs that are being proposed.