PG&E has increased rates for all customers to support their poles and wires (T&D). This affects Pioneer and non-Pioneer customers equally – everyone’s rates will go up the exact same dollar amount.
Don’t be misled. We guarantee that Pioneer’s savings over PG&E have not changed. Calculate your savings in El Dorado and Placer County.

City of Auburn Adopts 100% Renewable Power Option to Power its Operations,
Sets Example for Residents and Local Businesses

Downtown Auburn

Today, Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer), the publicly-owned joint powers authority that provides electricity for residents and businesses in Placer County and El Dorado County, announced that the City of Auburn is the first jurisdiction in Placer County to choose Pioneer’s Green100, a 100% renewable energy option. The city will use Green100 to power all of its municipal operations.

This decision reflects the City of Auburn’s desire to put the health of its community members first and take action to reduce harmful emissions. Choosing the Green100 rate demonstrates the city’s commitment to renewable resources and the environment by using power sources that may include geothermal, wind, solar, hydroelectric and biomass.

“The City of Auburn is proud to lead by example. Recognizing the multiple benefits to our community and our region by switching to green energy to power our operations was an easy decision,” said Auburn Mayor Pro Tem Alice Dowdin Calvillo. “Not only does it allow us to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing harmful emissions as mandated by the State of California, but it also helps to lower the cost of green energy on the market through simple supply and demand. Going green is straightforward — anyone can do it through Pioneer’s Green100 program.”

Pioneer introduced the Green100 option at the request of its customers, who wanted a way to have a positive impact on the environment and reduce their carbon footprint.

“When we’re given the opportunity to move toward renewable resources rather than fossil fuels, it’s incumbent upon all of us to pursue that, especially when it is this easy,” said Scott Johnson, who is a Pioneer customer, Auburn resident and owner of Johnson Piano Service.

Residents and businesses interested in reducing their carbon footprint can sign up for Pioneer’s Green100 program at

More News from Pioneer

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Solar Customers Receive Annual True-Up

Pioneer issued checks to solar customers with a cumulative net surplus of energy (known as Net Surplus Generators) during May for the March/April billing period if their credit balance (calculated at the Net Surplus Compensation Rate) for the past 12 months exceeded $25.00. Credit balances of less than $25.00 were rolled forward and applied to the next bill.

A few of our clients have contacted us to confirm the check’s authenticity. Rest assured, it is indeed real! If you receive a Blue or Orange check from with a reference to Pioneer, it is safe to deposit. 

We take pride in helping our solar customers save; Pioneer pays $.005 (1/2 cent) per kWh more than PG&E for any over-production sold back to the grid (Net Surplus Compensation Rate or NSC).