Net Metering Billing

How it works

A Net Metering customer’s bill is calculated using a bidirectional meter, which records power flowing in either direction.

This type of meter measures how much electricity you use from PGE and how much electricity your system supplies to the grid. Each billing period, the power you used from PGE is offset by the power you sent to PGE. Your bill for energy will only be for the difference or “net.” Your monthly bill will always include the basic service charge, taxes and other adjustments not related to the amount of energy used.

Credit for extra generation

If you generate more than you use, your bill will have no kilowatt-hour charges, and you will receive kilowatt-hour credits that will be applied to your future electric bills. Unused credits will accumulate in your PGE account.

For solar electric customers, this means credits you accumulate during sunny summer months can be applied to charges during Oregon’s cloudy winter months. View your PGE bill and see the Net Metering rate schedule for complete details.

Under Oregon Public Utility Commission’s Net Metering rules, credits that remain unused at the end of the annual billing cycle are transferred to customers enrolled in low-income assistance programs.

This happens in the billing cycle that ends in March. If you would benefit by having your annual billing cycle end in another month, contact the Net Metering coordinator to request a switch.

Changing your annual true up

The annual billing cycle for most residential customers ends in March; this is your “true up “month. At that time, any excess credits are transferred to low-income assistance program at the average annual avoided cost tariff rate. Customers that donate excess credits will receive a letter detailing the donated credits.

The true-up month can only be changed once a year. If you would like to change your true-up month, please email the Net Metering team at and provide your name, address, the Net Metering account number, and the requested true-up month.


Excess credits accrued on a Net Metering account may be transferable to non-renewable accounts. This billing function is called aggregation. To qualify for aggregation, the accounts must be under the same customer ID, must be located on contiguous properties and served by the same PGE infrastructure.

Aggregation can be requested once a Net Metering application is submitted. The request can be reviewed upon receipt to ensure subsequent meters qualify. The billing function will be set-up after you are given Permission to Operate (PTO) This process can take 1 to 2 billing cycles to appear on your bill.

To request aggregation of your accounts, please submit a written request with your name, address, signature, the Net Metering account number, and the accounts to which you would like excess energy applied, listed in order of preference.

Contact us

For more information, email us, or call the Net Metering coordinator at 503-464-8100.