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.

New Energy Rate Calculator Helps Customers Discover True Electricity Costs

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Pioneer Community Energy, a new, local-choice electricity provider serving communities in Placer and El Dorado County with competitive rates, announces the launch of a rate calculator. 

“Compared to PG&E, the average Pioneer customer can expect to save between 6 and 13 percent on electricity generation rates in 2022,” reported Alice Dowdin Calvillo, Chair of the Pioneer Community Energy Board of Directors and Auburn Mayor Pro Tem. “Our new rate calculator is an easy way for residents and businesses to see just how much they can save by simply choosing Pioneer.”

With Pioneer, customers can realize energy bill savings because it pursues less expensive energy sources in the market place to benefit its customers. Being a non-profit means, they are here for their customers, not to benefit investors with corporate payouts. Pioneer customers are still subject to the same significant increase in transmission and distribution rates recently announced by PG&E.

“Communities throughout California are experiencing an increase in energy bills,” says Mark Riffey, Director of Public Affairs, Marketing, and Programs. “The rate calculator will immediately allow customers to assess what their energy bills could look like when they choose Pioneer. If you have any questions, please reach out; we are ready to help.”

The Pioneer Community Energy rate calculator launched June 1. El Dorado County customers visit, and Placer County residents visit

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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).