Net Metering - Frequently Asked Questions

Net metering is a program for customers with their own electric generation (such as solar panels). Under net metering, customers generally receive credit from MGE for their Exported Energy at the same rate at which they are billed by MGE for their Imported Energy from our community grid. 

graphic showing a residential grid-connected PV system

The energy produced by the solar array will get used in the home first by electric appliances or devices. The remaining energy that is not used in the home is exported to the electric grid. MGE uses a meter that can measure the amount of electricity that you export to the grid and the amount of energy that you use from the grid.

Contrary to popular belief, net metering is not a specific type of metering or installed configuration. Utilities may require different configurations but still provide the same net metering benefits. Without net metering, the typical customer receives monthly electric bills that include:

  • Grid Connection and Customer Service charge
  • Distribution Service charge
  • Electricity Service charge

With net metering, the typical customer receives monthly electric bills that will include:

  • Grid Connection and Customer Service charge
  • Distribution Service charge
  • Electricity Service charge
  • Net Energy Exported credit for Exported Energy

How much does MGE credit me for my Exported Energy?

How does net metering appear on my bill?

Why does my bill show two electric meters?

Will I still get a bill from MGE?

Why did MGE credit me for less energy than I generated?

How is Net Seller status determined?

How much does MGE pay me for my Exported Energy when I’m a Net Seller?

If I have Excess Energy, will this be carried forward to future months?

Will my bill tell me how much I was credited with net metering?

Can I download my MGE data?

Can I stay on a Budget Payment Plan if I get solar panels?

Why do I only get credit for Exported Energy and not Gross Generation?

Can the credit I get be used to offset my natural gas bill?

Can I apply my production credit to a different meter?

How do MGE’s bi-directional meters work?

What does the meter’s display show?



Questions?

If you have additional questions, please contact MGE’s Home Energy Line at (608) 252-7117 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or email Ask the Experts at AskExperts@mge.com.