Net Energy Metering (NEM) Customers

Net Energy Metering Customers (NEM)

Central Coast Community Energy is committed to providing  customers including those with solar or other on-site behind the meter renewable energy systems with reliable and competitive rates while supporting economic and environmental benefits. 
3CE is making the transition from your utility provider for electric generation service seamless by ensuring that all existing PG&E or SCE Net Energy Metering (NEM) customers are enrolled in our complimentary NEM program. Your utility provider will true-up your account at the time of enrollment with 3CE. 3CE will also provide NEM customers a competitive Net Surplus Compensation (NSC) rate if your system produces more than you consume on an annual basis. (Please note, only approximately 20% of California NEM customers generate more energy than used in order to receive NSC payments.)
As a NEM customer, you will continue to earn NEM generation credits and offset a portion of or all of your charges for electricity, as you have been prior to becoming an 3CE customer. It is important to note that you will continue to see your utility provider’s minimum monthly fee. Your utility provider will continue handling your NEM transmission and distribution costs while 3CE takes over your NEM electric generation charges and/or credits. 
For customers who have generation credits at true-up, those credits offset generation charges and can be applied to PG&E or SCE Delivery Charges as a shared customer. Please consult your previous or most recent true-up bill to determine whether your account accrues significant generation credits.

Enrolling as a Net Energy Metering Customer in 2021?

January 2021 Enrollment:
For NEM customers within the enrolling communities of Arroyo Grande, Del Rey Oaks, Guadalupe, Grover Beach, Paso Robles Pismo Beach, Santa Maria, Solvang and Northern Unincorporated Santa Barbara County, 3CE NEM customers will enroll during one of the following custom NEM enrollment months. Please note: PG&E requires a true-up during enrollment. 
April, July and October 2021 NEM enrollments:
      • April 2021 Enrollment: Customers with annual true-ups in January, February, March, and April.
      • July 2021 Enrollment: Customers with annual true-ups in May, June, July, and August.
      • October 2021 Enrollment: Customers with annual true-ups in September, October, November and December
Enrollment webinar to be announced. 
All NEM customers with an email address on file with SCE will receive an email invitation 
October 2021 Enrollment: 
For NEM customers within the enrolling communities of Carpinteria, Goleta and Southern Santa Barbara County in SCE territory, all customers including NEM customers will enroll in January 2022. Please note: SCE requires a true-up during enrollment. 

Net Energy Metering Customers Benefit with 3CE

  • Receive service with 3CE for clean and renewable electricity at competitive rates with 3Cchoice by taking no action
  • NEM rate plan stays the same (including NEM 1.0) 
  • Continue to build NEM credits and offset electric generation costs and utility delivery charges

Competitive rates for generating power: 

If you are a net generator of energy, meaning, during a one year time period you create more power than you use, you are eligible for Net Surplus Compensation, or NSC. 3CE offers a competitive NSC rate :


You will also no longer have to wait 60-90 days to receive a check for your annual Net Surplus compensation. 3CE is now able to credit Net Surplus Compensation directly on your monthly utility provider statement, allowing you to apply your Net Surplus Compensation to your current and/or future utility provider charges. 
Not all NEM customers are eligible for NSC. If you are not a net generator of electricity, the electricity that you purchase through 3CE is competitively priced and supports an increasingly clean and renewable power mix from new renewable resources each year.
Whether you adopted on-site renewable technologies for economic or environmental reasons, or both, choosing 3CE for your electric generation service aligns with these goals. 3CE provides electricity customers in our service area with a choice for community reinvestment and clean energy at competitive rates, along with the option to support 100% renewable energy with our 3Cprime service offering.
3CE NEM Rate Schedule:
3CE matches your utility provider’s NEM program for electric generation with some exceptions such as Peak Day Pricing and RES-BCT. If you are grandfathered into NEM 1.0, you will keep this rate schedule. 
Why would I need power from 3CE if I have solar?
All  solar as well as on-site renewable energy customers both generate electricity from their systems and consume electricity from the grid throughout the day. Unless you have a battery storage system connected to your solar array, you are purchasing power from the grid in the hours when your system is not producing electricity. 3CE is required to purchase electricity on your behalf on a daily basis to ensure you have reliable electricity when your system is not producing.

Questions about your NEM account?

3CE Customer Service Energy Advisors are available to walk you through your NEM statement and answer questions you may have: 888-909-6227

Thinking about opting up to 100% renewable energy with 3Cprime?

Contact a 3CE Energy Advisor at 888-909-6227 or update your account online by clicking here.

Considering Going Solar?

Customers considering solar or other on-site renewable energy generation will become a shared customer where 3CE will support your generation side of the NEM program and PG&E or SCE will handle the delivery and billing automatically, as long as your utility provider’s NEM program requirements are met. Generally, this includes customers with renewable electric generation systems (such as solar, wind, biogas and fuel cell installations) that are less than 1,000 kW. Please contact your utility provider for more information NEM program requirements.
Here are some links to more information regarding the process of adding solar to your home: