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Net Energy Metering Billing Software IID, Imperial, CA

Situation

Imperial Irrigation District (IID) is one among the public utilities in California serving the Imperial and Coachella valley areas in the south eastern part of California (Climate Zone 15) region. The region is widely known for its sunshine all throughout the year and numerous Photo Voltaic (PV) cell installations all throughout. Customer sites with PV cells are equipped with Net Energy Meters (NEM) to monitor their electrical consumption. These meters are different than the normal utility meters as they also monitor the energy generated by the PV cell. The existing SAP billing software used by IID did not have the capability to generate monthly utility bills and also perform true-ups at the end of the year for these NEM customers. The utility, in some cases, had certain customers who had not been billed for their energy for the past two years.

Solution

Lincus developed a customized, interactive excel based NEM billing software tool with the following capabilities:

  • Generates monthly utility bills for NEM Residential, Large & Small Commercial, Municipal, Residential Energy Assistance Program (REAP), and its Medical Equipment Assistance Program (MEAP) customers with the click of a button and a few user inputs.
  • The tool will also perform annual true-ups at the end of the year (consistent with the Solar Net Metering Laws of CA) by keeping track of the monthly generated & consumed energy and amount paid by the customers.
  • The utility is currently using the software tool, till date to generate electric bills for its entire NEM customer base throughout the region and is also fixing its original SAP tool by reconciling with the software tool outputs generated by Lincus.
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