El Paso Electric Company - Net Metering

March 09, 2023


El Paso Electric (EPE) has offered net metering to customer-generators since September 2011.

Eligibility and Availability

To qualify, distributed renewable generation (DRG) owners must either:

  • interconnect an apartment house occupied by low-income elderly tenants that qualifies for master metering, where the DRG is expected to generate at least 50% of the building's annual electricity use or 
  • have a qualifying facility with a design capacity of not more than 50 kilowatts (kW).

Additionally, the DRG facility must be rated to produce an amount of electricity less than or equal to the estimated annual electricity consumption (for new apartment house or qualifying facility) or the amount of electricity the owner consumed in the year before installing the DRG facility.

EPE will install, at no cost to the customer, a bi-directional meter, although interconnection charges may still apply.

Net Excess Generation

At the end of each billing period, El Paso Electric pays the customer-generator for net excess generation at its avoided cost rate via a credit to the monthly bill. If the credits on an account become greater than $50, EPE sends the customer-generator a refund check for the balance.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Net Metering
Web Site: https://www.epelectric.com/renewables-tech/distributed-generation/texas-interconnection-of-facilities-up-to-10-mw
Administrator: El Paso Electric Company
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Wave
  • Wind (Small)
  • Hydroelectric (Small)
  • Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
  • Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Applicable Utilities: El Paso Electric
System Capacity Limit: For most customer-generators: 50 kW or 100% of estimated/actual electricity consumption, whichever is less
Aggregate Capacity Limit: Not specified
Net Excess Generation: Credited to customer-generator at avoided cost rate
If credits exceeds $50, a refund check is issued
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Not specified
Meter Aggregation: Not specified


Name: Tex. Utilities Code § 39.554
Effective Date: 06/17/2011
Name: Public Utilities Commission of Texas Substantive Rules § 25.211
Name: El Paso Electric Company Schedule No. 48
Effective Date: 11/03/2021


Name: El Paso Electric -- Small Renewables
Organization: El Paso Electric Company
Address: PO Box 982
El Paso TX 79960
Phone: (915) 872-4595
Email: smallrenewables@epelectric.com

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.