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.

Understanding Your Commercial Rates Placer County

Save Money with Pioneer

The number one priority for Pioneer Community Energy in Placer County is offering competitive and stable electricity generation rates for your business, and we are delivering. Most Placer county businesses will experience savings of 15% or more on their electricity generation rates in 2023, which directly benefits the bottom line of every business.

PG&E Rate Increases

Pioneer strives for transparency by publishing increases to PG&E’s fees and rates.

  • PG&E has increased rates for all customers to support their poles and wires (T&D). This increase affects Pioneer and non-Pioneer customers equally – everyone’s rates will go up by the exact same dollar amount. Don’t be misled by PG&E’s creative math and clever marketing spin.
  • In January 2022, Transmission and Distribution rates for all nonresidential rates were increased significantly.
  • Over the first few months of 2022, natural gas prices have nearly doubled when compared with earlier prices. PG&E passes these costs on to customers in the form of monthly rate adjustments and increases.
  • These changes affect both Pioneer customers and those who have opted out.
  • In February 2022, PG&E submitted an additional rate increase request to the California Public Utilities Commission.

Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA)– A PG&E-Imposed Exit Fee

The chart below reviews PG&E’s increase in PCIA fees year over year. To learn more about how the PCIA fee works, please visit Understanding Your Commercial PCIA Fee.

Rate 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023

The rate table above was updated on January 3, 2023.

For customers with a different rate tariff, please visit PG&E’s Rate Tariff Webpage.

  • In January 2023, Pioneer customers saw a reduction to their applicable PCIA.
  • All rate analyses are performed using the appropriate PCIA plus Pioneer’s applicable generation rate.
  • To determine your applicable PCIA, please look at your PG&E bill. If you need assistance, do not hesitate to call the Pioneer office at (916) 758-8969.

Pioneer Commercial Rate Adjustments

  • In March 2022, Pioneer customers experienced an adjustment to their applicable Generation rate.
  • Pioneer’s Board of Directors approved a rate-setting schedule that will ensure most customers will save 15% or more on the generation portion of their bill.

Please take into consideration rate adjustment data when evaluating your energy options and the pending financial impacts of your energy choices.

For more information, please review Pioneer’s rate sheets:

For information on other rate-related topics, click below:

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Should you have questions regarding power generation rates, PCIA fees or your electric utility bill, please contact your Pioneer customer service team by email at or call our offices at (916) 758-8969. We’ll be happy to help with your power and your choice.

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).