Net Metering

February 17, 2023


In May 2009, Nebraska enacted L.B. 436, which established statewide interconnection and net metering rules for all electric utilities in Nebraska.

Eligibility and Availability

Utilities are required to provide interconnection and net metering for a customer-generator’s “qualified facility,” which generates electricity from an energy source of solar, methane, wind, biomass, hydropower, or geothermal and has a rated capacity at or below 25 kilowatts (kW). Utilities are required to offer net metering until the aggregate generating capacity of all customer-generators equals 1% of the utility's average aggregate monthly peak demand for that year. Upon reaching the 1% threshold, a utility can choose whether to offer more net metering capacity. A utility may enter into other arrangements with customers desiring to install electric generating equipment and may also provide net metering to customer-generators having renewable generation units with a rated capacity above 25 kW.

For example, Lincoln Electric Systems (LES) allows owners of qualifying facilities that have a production capacity limit of 100 kW or less to either sell the entire electrical output of qualifying facilities to LES or use the electrical output of qualifying facilities to instantaneously supply all or a portion of their own load and sell the instantaneous surplus, if any, to LES.

Customer-generators retain all renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with the electricity their system generates.

Net Excess Generation

Any net excess generation (NEG) produced by the qualifying facility during the month will be credited at the utility's avoided cost rate for that month and carried forward to the next billing period. Any credited NEG remaining at the end of an annualized period will be paid out to the customer-generator.

Consumer may be billed for the non-energy charges (including but not limited to the basic service, demand, and minimum billing charges) as set forth in the applicable standard rate schedule.


More information on utility net metering policies can be found at the following websites:

For utilities not listed here, please contact them directly for specific policies and procedures.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Nebraska
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Hydroelectric
  • Wind (Small)
  • Hydroelectric (Small)
Applicable Utilities: All utilities
System Capacity Limit: 25 kW
Aggregate Capacity Limit: 1% of utility's average aggregate monthly peak demand. Utilities can choose to allow more net metering after reaching the 1% threshold.
Net Excess Generation: Credited to customer's next bill at avoided-cost rate; excess reconciled annually at avoided-cost rate
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Customer owns RECs
Meter Aggregation: Not allowed


Name: R.R.S. 70-2001, et seq.
Date Enacted: 05/13/2009
Effective Date: 5/13/2009


Name: Tim Texel
Organization: Nebraska Power Review Board
Address: 301 Centennial Mall South – Lower Level, P.O. Box 94713
Lincoln NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2301

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.