Last DSIRE Review: 04/13/2012
|Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
||Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Anaerobic Digestion, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy
|Applicable Utilities:||Program is offered by a retail electric provider (REP); available to customers throughout the state where Green Mountain Energy offers retail electric service. |
|System Capacity Limit:||25 kW|
|Aggregate Capacity Limit:||No limit specified|
|Net Excess Generation:||First 500 kWh of grid exports per month: Renewable Rewards retail rate|
Exports beyond 500 kWh/month: 50% of retail rate
|Meter Aggregation:||Not allowed|
Texas does not have statewide net metering as the term is generally understood. However, retail electricity providers in Texas are permitted, but not required, to compensate customers for electricity produced by distributed renewable energy generation systems and exported to the electric grid. The program described below operates in a fashion similar to net metering and has similar customer benefits up to a certain point.
Green Mountain Energy Company, a retail provider of green electricity, offers a special Renewable Energy Buy-back program to Texas customers that produce renewable energy from distributed generation systems. The offer is only available to residential and business customers of Green Mountain Energy Company who purchase electricity under the company's Renewable Rewards product. Wind, solar, geothermal, biomass (and related technologies), hydroelectric, wave, and tidal energy systems are eligible to participate in this program. The program is generally intended to only support systems of 25 kilowatts (kW) or less.
Under the program, systems are installed on the customer's side of the meter and may serve to provide a portion of the customer's on-site electricity demand. Any excess energy produced by the customer’s system that is exported to the grid (NEG) is metered separately and the customer's account is credited (the following month) for the exported energy up to 500 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per month at the retail rate of the Renewable Rewards product. Energy export in excess of 500 kWh per month is credited at half of the retail rate of the Renewable Rewards product. The customer continues to pay the retail rate charged by Green Mountain under the Renewable Rewards program for all the electricity they consume from the grid during a month. Notably, customers retain title to any renewable energy credits (RECs) or other environmental attributes produced by the system.
The arrangement requires the customer to enter into an interconnection agreement with their electric distribution utility (not Green Mountain Energy). The customer must also work with their utility to install a meter capable of separately measuring the flow of electricity in both directions. The program website lists utility interconnection contacts for Oncor, CenterPoint, Texas-New Mexico Power, and American Electric Power.
Public Information - Renewable Rewards Program|
Green Mountain Energy
P.O. Box 689008
Austin, TX 78768
Phone: (866) 473-3689
Phone 2: (866) 785-4668
Fax: (512) 692-2756