How to Read Your LADWP NEM Bill

Questions About LADWP and Your Net Energy Metering Bill, Answered

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the largest municipal water and power utility in the U.S. To date, LADWP provides clean and reliable water and electricity along with excellent customer service in a safe, environmentally-responsible, and cost-effective manner to more than 4 million residents and businesses in Los Angeles.1

How to Read Your LADWP Net Energy Meter Bill

We have created a quick and easy way to read your LADWP Net Energy Metering Bill. See our PDF for more details!

Common Questions About Your LADWP Bill

1. How Do I Read My LADWP Bill Once My Solar Panels Start Producing Power?

With the help of a solar meter, LADWP will measure the difference between the number of kilowatt-hours (kWh) your solar system generates during the month and the amount of kWh you draw from the grid. This difference is called Net Energy Metering or NEM, which LADWP uses to calculate your NEM/solar bill.

If your panels happen to generate more energy than you need in a particular month, the excess kWh will go back to the grid, and you’ll be credited on your future electric bills.2 

Since solar energy only affects the electricity charges of your LADWP bill, some elements will stay the same, like your minimum use charge, taxes, and special programs and subsidies — including reliability improvements and low-income and lifeline discounts for customers who otherwise can’t afford to pay. Watch LADWP’s “Understanding Your Solar Bill” video.

2. What Residential Rate Options Does LADWP Offer?

As a residential customer, you have two different rate options to choose from: the Standard Residential Rate (R-1A) and the Time-of-Use Residential Rate (R-1B).3

Here’s a quick breakdown to understand the main differences between LADWP’s residential rates.

Standard Residential Rate (R-1A)

The R-1A is the standard rate for all LADWP residential customers, and it’s based on the location of your home, the season of the year, and the amount of electricity you use in each tier.  

A1. Location

  • Zone 1
  • Zone 2

Download LADWP’s residential service map

A2. Season

  • High Season (June - September)
  • Low Season (October - May)

A3. Tier*

kWh Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
Zone 1 First 350 kWh Next 700 kWh Above 1,050 kWh
Zone 2 First 500 kWh Next 1,000 kWh Above 1,500 kWh

*The amounts of kWh in each tier are based on a 30-day billing cycle.

Time-of-Use Residential Rate (R-1B)

The R-1B Time-of-Use (TOU) rate is based on the time of day and the day of the week you use electricity, and it has three time periods: High Peak, Low Peak, and Base.4

Time Period Days of the Week
High Peak

20 Hours Per Week
Monday to Friday

1:00 p.m. - 4:59 p.m.
Low Peak

30 Hours Per Week
Monday to Friday

10:00 a.m. - 12:59 p.m.

5:00 p.m. - 7:59 p.m.
Base

118 Hours Per Week
Monday to Friday

8:00 p.m. - 9:59 a.m.

If you are able to control your electricity habits, LADWP’s TOU rate plan is a great option to help reduce your home energy costs.

For example, by shifting the use of your power-hungry appliances like your dishwasher or washing machine to base or low-peak periods (early mornings or at nights), you will pay less for electricity with LADWP’s Time-of-Use Residential Rate (R-1B) than with their Standard Residential Rate (R-1A). Check if you’re a good candidate for LADWP’s R-1B TOU rate.

See the below TOU chart for further explanation on high-peak rates.

TOU Visualized:

sce tou solar battery

3. Am I Eligible for LAWPD’s TOU Rate If I Have Rooftop Solar?

Yes, if you have solar panels and a solar battery storage system at home — and if you’re a good candidate for LAWPD’s R-1B TOU rate — you can enjoy the financial benefits of solar and storage under a Time-of-Use (TOU) rate schedule. However, since TOU rates change throughout the day, if you happen to accrue credits, their value will be variable.

For example, one kWh of solar electricity that your system exports back to the grid at 9:00 a.m. (base period) will be worth less than one kWh exported back to the grid at 2:00 p.m. (high-peak period).

4. What Happens to My Solar Service If I Move?

If you decide to move, at Sunrun we have a team of Service Transfer Specialists standing by to help you sell your home and transfer your solar contract to the new owner. As soon as you notify Sunrun you’re selling your property; you’ll be assigned to a Service Transfer Specialist who’ll work with you exclusively through the entire transaction.

From educating realtors and potential buyers to working with home inspectors, escrow officers, title agents, and anyone else who should know about your system or solar contract, at Sunrun we have your back. Learn useful solar contract transfer tips.

Haven’t Gone Solar Yet?

To request a residential solar meter from LADWP, click here. And if you’re ready to start your solar journey in Los Angeles with us Sunrunners, rest assured, our solar advisors have everything set to work on your free, customized quote.

What are you waiting for? Switch to solar today, so you can save thousands of dollars on energy bills in the years to come.5* Some of our solar plans let you go solar for as little as $0 down.

DISCLOSURE:

*Estimated savings based on a projected annual utility rate increase of 3.16% over the life of the system. Actual savings will vary. Savings depends on several factors, including product type, system production, geography, weather, shade, electricity usage, full utilization of the 30% solar Investment Tax Credit by the system owner, and utility rate structures and rate increases. Analysis based on customers who enrolled with Sunrun between October 15, 2014; and October 15, 2015.

Sources:

  1. https://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/faces/ladwp/aboutus/a-whoweare
  2. https://www.energy.gov/savings/ladwp-net-metering
  3. https://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/faces/ladwp/residential/r-customerservices/r...
  4. https://solarbook.pickmysolar.com/local-incentives/california/understand...
  5. https://news.energysage.com/much-solar-panels-save/

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