How to Read Your SCE NEM Bill

Questions About Your SCE NEM Bill Answered

Who is SCE? Southern California Edison (SCE) is the largest subsidiary of Edison International and also one of the largest electric utilities in the nation. SCE has been delivering power to Central, Coastal, and most of Southern California for over 125 years; and to date, they provide electricity services to more than 15 million people across a service territory of roughly 50,000 square miles.1

How to Read Your SCE Net Energy Meter Bill

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

Common Questions About Your SCE Bill

1. How Do I Read My SCE Bill If I Have a Home Solar System?

Once your solar system is interconnected, SCE will use a smart meter to track the “net” difference between the amount of power produced by your solar panels and the amount of electricity you consume from their electric grid each month.2 I.e., on days when the sun is not shining, or at nights, and you need electricity to keep your home running. The measured difference is known as net energy, and SCE uses it to calculate your bill.

SCE offers a rate option called Net Energy Metering (NEM) to customers who produce their own electricity through an eligible renewable energy system. If your panels generate more energy than you need, under NEM, you can send the surplus back to the electric grid and receive a credit for it. This credit will be applied to your energy statement to offset some or all of the costs associated with the electricity you consume each billing period.3

NEM works a little differently than other types of energy rates, so once you are enrolled and interconnected, SCE will send you two types of statements:

NEM Statement (Monthly):

Delivered each month, and it includes your monthly electric grid usage charges and credits, as well as non-energy charges for that period; such as your utility taxes and city & county fees. Although all non-energy charges have to be paid in full on a monthly basis, residential customers enrolled in NEM are not required to pay for their electric grid usage charges month to month.4 View a sample SCE NEM statement.

Relevant Period Statement (Yearly):

Delivered every 12 months, and it shows your electric grid usage charges for the entire year. This annual billing period is called your Relevant Period and its when your energy usage charges from each month are added together. In case you generated any surplus energy credits, they will be applied to your account, and the balance, for energy credit compensation or the total amount due, is listed in this statement. If you owe energy charges, the payment will be due at that time. But if you have an energy credit compensation, based on your preference, you can choose to receive a payment or roll the monetary value over to your next Relevant Period.4

2. What Are Time-of-Use (TOU) Rate Plans?

If you are able to manage your energy habits, SCE’s TOU plans are a smart way to control your utility bill. TOU plan rates are based on the time of day and amount of electricity you use in your home.5

Since electricity prices typically cost less early in the day, at night, and on the weekends; if you shift the use of your power-hungry appliances, like your washing machine and dishwasher, to these off-peak hours — you could reduce your overall electricity costs. Use SCE's Appliance Energy Use Cost Estimator to see your potential savings.

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

TOU Visualized:

Time of use chart

3. Am I Eligible for SCE’s TOU Plans If I Have a Solar System at Home?

If you have solar panels and a solar battery storage system in your home, with SCE’s TOU plans you will still receive a credit worth the cost of one kilowatt-hour (kWh) for every kWh you generate. However, because rates change throughout the day, the value of these credits is also variable. I.e., one kWh of solar electricity sent back to the grid at 10:00 a.m. during off-peak hours, will be worth less than a kWh sent back to the grid in the afternoon and evening peak hours.6

4. What Happens to My Solar Agreement 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 are selling your property; you will be assigned to a Service Transfer Specialist who will work with you exclusively through the entire transaction.7

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, we Sunrunners have your back. Learn useful solar service transfer tips.   

If You Haven't Gone Solar Yet, Well What Are You Waiting For?

For additional solar resources, go to Sunrun’s Solar Education Center. And if you are yet to start your savings journey with the power of the sun, request a complimentary quote today.

Our solar advisors are ready to help you every step of the way. Best part? Some plans let you go solar for as little as $0 down.

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