Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1

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Net Metering FAQs


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How can I calculate my total energy use?

Your total energy use is made up of energy generated by your renewable energy system, plus energy you buy from the grid, minus energy you send back to the grid.  On the sample bill, the home’s total use this bill period is 333 KWH REN (A) + 329 KWH (B) – 237 KWH NET (C) = 425 KWH 

If I produced more energy than I used, why do I still have to pay PUD energy charges?

Even though you produced more energy than you consumed during the billing period, the PUD did incur costs on your behalf.  We work to maintain grid infrastructure so that power is there for you anytime you need more than what your system is producing. All customers pay a minimum energy charge to help pay for this service, and net metering cannot offset this. 

How long will I carry a balance in the net metering reserve?

During each billing period, we will apply as much of the net metering credit as possible to energy charges on your account. Any remaining unused credit will be held in the reserve for the future, carried over from one bill period to the next until it is fully used or until April 30 of each year, when any remaining unused net metering credit expires according to state law. Customers are not compensated for net metering credit that expires. 

What is net metering aggregation?

Net metering aggregation is available to customers that have a net metering reserve balance in April AND an additional metered account/accounts with the PUD. Customers are allowed on an annual basis to apply to have their net metering reserve balance applied to applicable energy charges on their other metered accounts. Net metering credit can never be used to offset minimum energy charges. Fees for aggregation do apply. Click here to read more about net metering aggregation in our rate schedule.

Can I use the PUD’s Budget Payment Plan (BPP) for a net metered account?

Budget Payment Plans are not compatible with net metering and will be discontinued when your account is set up on our net metering rate schedule. If you have concerns about this, please contact customer service at 425-783-1000.

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