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.
CCAs 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.
Over 14 million customers have chosen to join a California Community Choice Aggregator. In 2024 there are 24 operational CCA programs in California, serving more than 200 cities, towns and counties in the state.
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 exceptional 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, exceptional 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 customers’ 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 exceptional electric service to most of unincorporated El Dorado County and the City of Placerville.
Our Board of Directors consists of 11 locally elected representatives from El Dorado and Placer County Boards of Supervisors, and the City Councils of Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lincoln, Placerville, Rocklin, Nevada City, and the Town Council of Loomis.