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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 ELL will continue to accept interconnection applications from customers who want to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and be able to deliver energy onto the electric grid even though installations of net metered solar PV capacity now exceed 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 dated July 26, 2013, which provides the net metering rules applicable to all LPSC-jurisdictional utilities.

While ELL will continue accepting from customers interconnection applications for net metering, changes will be implemented to the billing procedures for customers with new solar PV systems until such time as the LPSC approves a new net metering policy applicable to all utilities.  Those billing changes, described in Section 2 of the Net Metering Billing section below, will utilize existing rates on file with the LPSC that are applicable to small qualifying facility renewable energy providers. The billing changes will apply only to customers submitting completed interconnection applications after Jan. 1, 2016, and will take effect with the first billing cycle of February 2016.

The billing changes described below WILL NOT apply to service locations (regardless of any ownership change) with solar PV systems that were interconnected, or for which completed interconnection applications were submitted, prior to Jan. 1, 2016.

This notice is a continuation of ELL’s commitment to providing its customers with affordable, reliable electricity in a way that is fair to everyone.  Renewable energy can be part of a diverse mix of electricity generation, and this notice does not change a customer’s right to choose solar PV or other forms of customer-generated electricity, subject to applicable rules. 

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.

  • The kWh values recorded each month by the two channels of the customer's net meter will be treated separately and not netted against each other.
  • The customer will be billed for kWh usage recorded on Channel 1 in accordance with the retail rate schedule and riders applicable to that customer's account.
  • The customer will be credited each month for each kWh delivered to the grid as recorded on Channel 2.
  • The bill credit amount for each kWh delivered to the grid shall be calculated using the Company's average avoided cost, adjusted for line losses and daytime on peak production.
  • 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.

These changes will apply to customers submitting completed applications for interconnection on or after Jan. 1, 2016.  The billing changes described above will take effect with the first billing cycle of February 2016.  The changes described above shall not apply to service locations (regardless of any ownership change) with systems that were interconnected, or for which completed interconnection applications were submitted, prior to Jan. 1, 2016.  The adjusted average avoided cost credit is based on the projected avoided cost rates included in the Company's most recent PURPA Section 210 filing to the LPSC and that are used for Small Qualifying Facilities for energy generated and delivered to the Company's grid.  For each billing month in 2016, customers who have interconnected systems or submitted completed interconnection applications on or after Jan. 1, 2016, will receive credit for each excess kWh delivered to the grid based on the following monthly rates:

Billing Month

Cents per kWh

























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

Email: Click below
Customer Relations Entergy Louisiana

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

Fax to:
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.