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Net Metering — How It Works

Understanding Net Meter Digital Displays

If you are a customer using a renewable energy system, Con Edison will replace your traditional standard meter with a net meter. Because your system is generating energy, you'll naturally use less energy supplied by Con Edison's electric grid. This balance of energy generated from your solar-energy system and energy consumed from the grid is measured by a net meter. If you produce more energy than you use, that energy flows back into the grid, is recorded by your net meter and registered as a credit. These credits, in addition to the opportunity to "cash out" your solar bank once a year, can make a big dent in your electricity costs. Learn more about how net metering affects your Con Edison bill by reading our FAQs.

Unlike a standard meter, net meters don't have any dials. Instead, they feature a series of digital displays which cycle every few seconds. The information indicated by each display is as follows:

Understanding Your Net Meter

Meter Number

Program Number – The "60" code indicates the meter type associated with your account. The arrows on the bottom left of the display screen indicate the direction in which the electricity is flowing from the meter. If they are flowing left, excess energy generated by the customer is being exported to the electric grid. If they're flowing right, energy from the grid is being imported into the customer's home.


Billing Register

Billing Register – This screen begins with "05" and displays the total kWh usage (both net consumption and generation) registered by the meter. This number, calculated by the meter, is what is used to either bill or credit customers.

Segment Screen

Segment Screen – This screen, beginning with "888", displays all LCD segments that can possibly show up on the meter screen. A missing segment is an indication that the meter is not functioning properly. Segment Screen checks are conducted by our meter readers every time your meter is read.


For more details and specifications on Con Edison's net metering tariff, consult Service Classification Rider R. For information on interconnection requirements and recommended type-tested inverters, consult the New York State Public Service Commission.

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