Net metering in D.C.

What is net metering?

Net metering is the policy that allows people with solar to get a credit on their electric bill for the energy they produce from their system.

Learn the basics

Net metering in D.C.

System capacity limit 120% of customer electricity usage through 2020
140% in 2021
160% in 2022
180% in 2023
200% in 2024 and after
Monthly excess generation credit rate Full retail
Annual excess generation credit rate Full retail (credit rolls over indefinitely)
State-wide net metering cap None specified
Policies expanding net metering Virtual net metering (community solar)
Additional barriers N/A

D.C. Code § 34–1518
and D.C. Municipal Regulations Chapter 15-9 establish the rules and regulations for net metering in the District. Individual systems up to 1 MW are eligible as well as community solar systems up to 5 MW. PEPCO is required to offer net metering while competitive electricity suppliers are not.

Solar homeowner shows off his electric bill next to his meter.

Billing and compensation

Utility customers with net metered systems will be credited for each kilowatt produced by their system and each month will be billed for the number of kilowatt hours they used, minus the number of kilowatt hours generated. If your generation exceeds your usage for a given month, you will receive a credit for each excess kilowatt hour, to be applied in later months when you generate less electricity than you consume. Credit for excess generation will rollover from month-to-month indefinitely.

Other types of net metering in D.C.

Virtual net meteringD.C. Bill 20-0057 gave D.C. homeowners the option to purchase electricity through virtual net metering from community renewable energy facilities (CREFs). Facilities much be less than 5 MW in capacity and have at least two subscribers. CREF subscribers own or lease a “share” of the facility and each month their utility bill is credited for a certain amount of kilowatt hours based on the size of their share.

Take action

D.C. resources

Our work on net metering in D.C.

  • In 2009, D.C.’s utility, PEPCO, had extremely slow interconnection timelines. We helped our members file complaints with the public utility commission and testify at oversight hearings. As a result, the commission established a requirement for no more than 30-day interconnection timing and tied future rate reviews to PEPCO’s performance.
  • Learn how we fought and won a fight to allow virtual net metering in the District.