Austin Energy - Net Metering (Texas)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Texas

Name Austin Energy - Net Metering (Texas)
Incentive Type Net Metering
Applicable Sector Commercial
Eligible Technologies Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Landfill Gas, Municipal Solid Waste, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Thermal Electric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Aggregate Capacity Limit No limit specified (program will be re-evaluated after 1% of load is met)
Applicable Utilities Austin Energy

Meter Aggregation Not addressed
Net Excess Generation Credited to customer's next bill at avoided-cost rate

REC Ownership Not addressed

System Capacity Limit 20 kW

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-10-09

References DSIRE[1]


Austin Energy, the municipal utility of Austin Texas, offers net metering for renewable energy systems up to 20 kilowatts (kW) to its non-residential retail electricity customers. The definition of renewable includes solar*, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, wave and tidal energy, biomass, and biomass-based waste products, including landfill gas. Systems must be used primarily to offset a portion or all of a customer's on-site electric load. Metering is accomplished using a single meter capable of registering the flow of electricity in both directions (delivered and received) to determine net energy flows.

Customers that generate more electricity than they consume during a monthly billing period will receive a credit for net excess generation (NEG) at the appropriate avoided cost rate. The amount of the credit is calculated by multiplying the net kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity fed into the grid by the current fuel charge; or, if the customer participates in the utility's GreenChoice program, each kWh delivered by the customer to the utility's electric system in excess of the kWh delivered by the utility is multiplied by the appropriate Green Power Charge. See the Austin Energy Rates Summary for more information.

All systems must meet the requirements of Austin Energy's interconnection guidelines and the customer is responsible for all interconnection costs. Interconnection agreements have a minimum term of one year, unless the customer is a participant in the Austin Energy Solar PV Rebate Program, in which case the minimum term is five years. Agreements will be renewed automatically each year unless terminated by either party (requires 60-day written notice).

*Austin Energy offers the Value of Solar rate for residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. This tariff replaces net billing for residential solar PV systems no larger than 20 kilowatts (kW) and provides a larger annual cost savings to customers than if they had net metering available.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Leslie Libby
Department Austin Energy

Address 206 E. Ninth Street, Suite 17.102

Place Austin, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 78701
Phone (512) 482-5390


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Ordinance No. 20120607-055 - Distributed Generation from Renewable Sources Rider

Date Enacted 2012-06-00

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"