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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Net Metering   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/16/2013
Program Overview:
State: Nebraska
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Agricultural
Applicable Utilities:All utilities
System Capacity Limit:25 kW
Aggregate Capacity Limit:1% of utility's average monthly peak demand
Net Excess Generation:Credited to customer's next bill at avoided-cost rate; excess reconciled annually at avoided-cost rate
REC Ownership:Customer owns RECs
Meter Aggregation:Not addressed
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Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
R.R.S. 70-2001, et seq.

LB 436, signed in May 2009, established statewide net metering rules for all electric utilities in Nebraska. The rules apply to electricity generating facilities which use solar, methane, wind, biomass, hydropower or geothermal energy, and have a rated capacity at or below 25 kilowatts (kW). Electricity produced by a qualified renewable energy system during a month shall be used to offset any kilowatt-hours (kWh) consumed at the premises during the month.

Any excess generation produced by the system during the month will be credited at the utility's avoided cost rate for that month and carried forward to the next billing period. Any excess remaining at the end of an annualized period will be paid out to the customer. Customers retain all renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with the electricity their system generates.

Utilities are required to offer net metering until the aggregate generating capacity of all customer-generators equals one percent of the utility's average monthly peak demand for that year. A utility may enter into other arrangements with customers desiring to install electric generating equipment, and may also provide net metering to customer-generators having renewable generation units with a rated capacity above twenty-five kilowatts. Lincoln Electric Systems (LES) allows owners of qualifying facilities that have a production capacity limit of 100 kW or less, to either sell the entire electrical output of qualifying facilities to LES, or use the electrical output of qualifying facilities to instantaneously supply all or a portion of their own load and sell the instantaneous surplus, if any, to LES.

For more information on utility net metering policies guidelines, please reference the below links.


  Jerry Loos
Nebraska Energy Office
Executive Building
521 South 14th Street, Suite 300
Lincoln, NE 68509-5085
Phone: (402) 471-2867
Fax: (402) 471-3064
Web Site:
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