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Net Metering for Renewable Energy Resources

NOTICE: On Nov. 25, 2015, Entergy Louisiana (ELL) advised the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) that installations of net metered solar PV capacity had exceeded 0.5% of ELL’s peak load.  The 0.5% cap on net metering is included in Section 5.02 of the LPSC’s General Order 12-8-2016, which provides the net metering rules applicable to all LPSC-jurisdictional utilities.

Pursuant to LPSC General Order 12-8-2016, the credit provided for excess net metered energy delivered to the grid is different for customers whose interconnection applications are received after the Company has reached the 0.5% cap.  For ELL, these billing changes apply to customers submitting completed interconnection applications after Jan. 1, 2016.  The billing changes applicable to such customers are described in Section 2 of the Net Metering Billing section below.

I.  Overview

Entergy Louisiana ("Entergy" or "Company") provides customers with the ability to reduce their electric utility bills and to help reduce the use of non renewable fuel sources through Entergy's Net Metering Program. Net Metering is available to residential generation facilities up to 25 kilowatts and commercial generation facilities up to 300 kilowatts who do not have any other generator connected to the grid. Customers who have small natural gas, diesel, or other non-renewable power generators that do not meet these qualifications may want to explore this link.

Potential installation of a renewable generator in excess of 300 kilowatts located at a commercial facility will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC). Per LPSC General Order No. R-31417 dated July 26, 2013, customers interested in installing such renewable generators must file an application with the LPSC requesting approval for net metering of the proposed project. For a copy of the referenced LPSC General Order, please click here. To minimize potential delays, customers are encouraged to submit the interconnection-related documentation specified below early in the process rather than waiting until after the LPSC renders a decision on the customer's application for net metering.

II.  Interconnection Requirements

Customers who wish to participate or to increase/change the size or number of units of their renewable facility in Entergy's Net Metering program to utilize renewable energy resources, such as solar, wind and/or bio fuels; can do so by installing generation equipment approved by Entergy for interconnecting with Entergy's electrical distribution grid; approved generation systems must comply with Entergy's Interconnection Standard. For a copy of Entergy's Safety and Interconnection Standard, click here for Entergy's Connecting Small Electric Generators to the Entergy Distribution System (less than) 500 kVA."

To install a net metered renewable energy system or to increase/change the size of an existing system to be connected to Entergy Louisiana's distribution grid, the customer must submit all of the following:

  • Completed one line diagram outlining the proposed generating facility

Click here for One Line Diagram example.

In addition to submitting the above information, the following requirements must be met:

  • Pay for the reasonable costs of connecting, switching, metering, transmission, distribution, safety provisions and administrative costs that are directly related to the interconnection and in excess of the corresponding costs if interconnection did not occur including, but not limited to:
  • A one time charge for installation of the Net Meter of $100
  • Cost to upgrade distribution facilities to accommodate generation
  • Normal other charges under the rates and riders applicable to the customer (based upon kilowatt-hours)*
  • Have a single labeled manual disconnect for the entire renewable facility at a service (information on labeling requirements), approved by the utility on the outside (available to Entergy 24 hours a day with no notice).
  • Be able to synchronize with the utility and stay synchronized
  • Have safety measures that prevent the generator from feeding electricity to the utility when the line is non-energized, or in an abnormal voltage or frequency situation or cause a degradation of the safety or quality of power on the electrical grid (i.e. UL1741 listed inverter)
  • Obtain all permits required by local authorities before the Net Meter can be installed
  • For renewable generators in excess of 300 kilowatts located at a commercial facility, a signed final Order from the Louisiana Public Service Commission approving the project must be submitted.
  • Not be in the Downtown Underground Network
  • Meet performance standards including:
  1. Local and state laws ordinances and codes
  2. National codes such as the National Electric Code; National Electric Safety Code; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.; and Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

III.  Net Metering Billing

1) Net Metering Billing for Customers who have Interconnected Systems or Submitted Completed Interconnection Applications Prior to Jan. 1, 2016

After Entergy's approval of the customer's generation facility, Entergy will install a Net Meter to register the amount of energy supplied to the grid through the use of renewable energy sources. The Net Meter will replace the current electrical meter and will separately register both the amount of electricity purchased from and supplied to the utility.

The customer will be billed the difference between the kWh's purchased and the kWh's supplied to the grid.

The customer's Net Metered utility bill is reflected as such:

Energy Supplied by Entergy (kWh)
- Energy Exported to Entergy's grid by customer (kWh) 
Net Energy amount Billed to Customer (kWh)

If a customer supplies more electricity than is purchased in a given month, the customer receives the minimum bill.  The excess kWhs are credited to the customer's account and the credit is applied to the following month's bill.

Any payment for excess kWhs supplied to the grid will be made when the account is finalized and the service is discontinued.

*Schedule of Entergy's Optional Residential Commercial Net Metering Rider

2) Billing for Customers who have Interconnected Systems and Submitted Completed Interconnection Applications on or after Jan. 1, 2016.

After Entergy's approval of the customer's generation facility, Entergy will install a Net Meter to register the amount of energy supplied to the grid through the use of renewable energy sources. The Net Meter will replace the current electrical meter and will separately register both the amount of electricity purchased from and supplied to the utility.

The customer will be billed the difference between the kWh's purchased and the kWh's supplied to the grid.

The customer's Net Metered utility bill is reflected as such:

Energy Supplied by Entergy (kWh)
- Energy Exported to Entergy's grid by customer (kWh) 
Net Energy amount Billed to Customer (kWh)

If a customer supplies more electricity than is purchased in a given month, the customer will receive a credit for the excess kWhs at a rate equal to the excess kilowatt hours generated times the Company’s standard rates for purchases at avoided cost.  The customer's monthly bill can be reduced down to the fixed Customer Charge or minimum bill, but not less than that amount; any additional bill credit remaining will be carried over to the following billing cycle.   

*Schedule of Entergy's Optional Residential Commercial Net Metering Rider

To submit a completed Application, appropriate Interconnection Agreement and One Line diagram, applicants can send documentation via:

Email: 
Customer Relations Entergy Louisiana

Mail to:
Entergy Louisiana / Net Metering
P.O. Box 2431
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

OR

Fax to:
1-225-763-5031
ATTN: Entergy Louisiana / Net Metering

**Any questions related to these forms contact 1-800-Entergy (1-800-368-3749)

If you have any questions regarding Net Metering, click here.