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.
Pioneer procures your energy.
PG&E delivers energy, maintains lines, and sends bills.
You get a choice in your power – competitive and stable rates, energy options, and exceptional customer service.
CCA’s are not-for-profit public agencies that purchase electricity for residents and businesses in the community, disrupting the long-held monopoly of investor-owned utilities and encouraging competition. Pioneer is one of 24 operational CCAs in California. Other states with deregulated energy markets have seen the formation of CCAs, which are managed by municipalities or other not-for-profit agencies similar to Pioneer Community Energy.
Since their inception in California, CCAs have led to more competitive energy rates and improved electric service across the state. CCAs work with the Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) like PG&E to deliver your power and maintain the energy grid we all rely upon.
Our primary objective is powering our community with competitive rates, not earning shareholder profits. Like most CCAs, Pioneer is nimble in our efforts to source and search for power in a manner that traditional IOUs are not. Historically, Pioneer secures electricity for our customers at a significantly lower cost than the alternative Investor Owned Utility.
This tested pooling strategy keeps rates stable and service reliable and provides a choice in energy options. Our customers don’t notice any difference in service – but the power is leveraged to maximize benefits to you and the community.
Pioneer Community Energy is a local not-for-profit provider of electricity — we power the communities we serve with competitive rates, reliable service and a choice in energy options.
Pioneer was formed in 2017, joining the other California CCAs in providing energy to more than 11 million customers statewide. We started providing electricity services in 2018 to the communities of Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Rocklin, Loomis and most of unincorporated Placer County, achieving status as an independent entity in 2021 with the payoff of debts and the hiring of necessary operational staff.
In response to our customer’s requests for a way to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, in 2021 we began offering Green100, a 100% renewable rate option unique to the area.
In 2022 we started providing the same stable and reliable electric service to most of unincorporated El Dorado County and the City of Placerville.
Our Board of Directors consists of nine locally elected representatives from El Dorado and Placer County Boards of Supervisors, and the City Councils of Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Placerville Rocklin and the Town Council of Loomis.
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 Bill.com 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).