Net Energy Metering Customers (NEM)
Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) 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 current 3CE NEM customers receive NSC at their true-up.)
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?
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:
April, July and October 2021:
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
Please note: PG&E requires a true-up during enrollment
3CE will enroll NEM customers during the month closest to their normal true-up date, in order to minimize any potential disruption to the customer’s expected NEM value
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 :
3CE’s current NSC rate is $0.063 as of 4/22/21
Your utility provider’s NSC rate is $0.02534 as of 6/20
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: