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You Have a Choice When it Comes to Your Business Electricity

Why Choose Pioneer

Pioneer Community Energy, serving communities since 2018, now provides commercial energy customers an option through much of El Dorado and Placer counties. Pioneer powers the communities we serve with competitive rates, reliable service, a choice in energy options and community-focused programs meeting the needs of its residents and businesses.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pioneer

Imagine choosing your electricity provider. Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) is a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) offering you this choice. CCAs like Pioneer, are not-for-profit public agencies that purchase electricity for residents and businesses in your community. Pioneer enters into power purchase contracts that are cost-effective and maintain downward pressure on rates. Like most energy providers, Pioneer pools power demand from all customers to create competition for this essential resource – electricity. This proven pooling strategy keeps rates stable, service reliable and offers you a choice of energy providers.

The first California CCA was formed in 2010. Now 200 towns, cities and counties throughout the state participate in 24 operational CCAs serving more than 11 million customers. With many more in process, this trend will continue to grow.

Due to legislation passed, when establishing CCAs are established, members of new communities or customers who start service at a new address are automatically enrolled. This automatic enrollment was implemented to benefit customers rather than investor-owned utilities. All customers are opted-in to ensure that everyone has fair access to energy choices and no one is left out. We believe it should be your power and your choice. We work with members of the community to answer any of your questions about CCAs or your commercial utility bill and provide you with support to make informed decisions about your energy use choices and providers.

In four out of the five years since Pioneer became a CCA, our customers have experienced lower generation costs on their electric bills. From inception through 2021, Pioneer customers saved nearly $22 million. In 2022 alone, our customers are projected to save an additional $19.5 million just for choosing Pioneer for their energy needs. Electrical energy rates vary, however, and lower rates are not always guaranteed.

Pioneer was recently recognized by Find Energy as the 2020 Energy Provider of the Year for having the lowest residential generation rates in California.

Customers who opt-out of Pioneer Community Energy as their electric energy provider within 60 days of their auto-enrollment date can return to Pioneer anytime. Once the 60-day grace period has ended, all opted-out customers must continue as PG&E customers for a minimum of 12 months from their opt-out date before they are eligible to return to Pioneer.

To better understand when you are eligible to return to Pioneer and start realizing all the many benefits, simply call the Pioneer Community Energy offices at (916) 758-8969. You may also visit the Opt Back in Page.

Customers who opt-out of Pioneer Community Energy as their electric energy provider within 60 days of their enrollment date can return to Pioneer any time. Once the 60-day grace period has ended, all opted-out customers must continue as PG&E customers for a minimum of 12 months from their opt-out date before they are eligible to return to Pioneer. Visit our Opt Back In page for more.

Stable and Competitive Rates

Pioneer’s number one priority is offering competitive and stable generation rates for your commercial energy needs, and we are delivering.

Pioneer Customers Total Savings | Feb. 2018–Nov. 2021

$21.8 Million

Residential Customers Total Savings

$10.7 Million

Commercial Customers Total Savings

$9 Million

Industrial Customers Total Savings

$1.9 Million

Agricultural Customers Total Savings

$0.2 Million

What is the difference between Pioneer Community Energy and PG&E?

Independence distinguishes Pioneer from investor-owned Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E). We are members of your community, a local team with families that live, work and play nearby. Our values include investments in local businesses, grid resiliency and community well-being — not corporate payouts. Pioneer procures a different mix of energy resources than that offered by PG&E. PG&E manages transmission, distribution and delivery of a Pioneer customer’s electricity, including providing meter reading, billing, maintenance and outage response services. PG&E also provides some customer and maintenance services.

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Choose Pioneer

Choosing Pioneer Community Energy for your business and commercial energy needs is easy.

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