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Renewable Energy Advantage: Production Metering


PSE is committed to ensuring that you are paid for the full amount of energy generated by your system. In order to accurately and fairly measure the total amount of electricity generated, it is necessary for PSE to install our utility-grade meter. This meter is in addition to the net meter that is installed when the system is interconnected to PSE's distribution grid.
 
Some systems, including those that incorporate a battery backup, can become complex in their design. Some even direct the output of the inverter to two circuit panels, potentially requiring more than one or an advanced production meter in order to measure the total output of the system.
 
WAC 458-20-273 allows PSE to recover its costs of metering equipment, engineering coordination and installation labor associated with the installation of our production meters.
 
Depending on your system's configuration, the fees charged are:
  • Standard production meter $83
  • Advanced production meter $404
Systems requiring more than one meter will be charged a reduced rate for each additional meter:
  • Each additional standard meter (if required) $60
  • Each additional advanced meter (if required) $371

The above prices reflect only PSE's costs; there is no profit included in these prices.


Installing a production meter base

Some renewable energy systems were installed with a "green tags meter." This meter may be installed in a meter base that already meets PSE's metering standards. Some, though, may be installed in a basement or in the garage. Some may be a digital display; similar to a timer or weather station module. It's also possible that your system doesn't include a production meter base at all.
 
If you apply to participate in REAP, contact PSE to review your system configuration. Depending on how your system was installed, it may be necessary for you to consult with a qualified electrician or the contractor who installed your system to estimate any potential cost of installing or retrofitting such a meter base.

New system installations should include provisions for a new production meter base in their design. If you wish to participate in REAP, please consult with your system designers to ensure that the appropriate meter base is installed.