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.

Notice of Public Hearing to Set Electric Generation Rates

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT, the Governing Board of Pioneer Community Energy will conduct a public hearing on December 11, 2017, at the hour of 3:15 p.m. (or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard), at the regular meeting place of the Governing Board of Pioneer Community Energy, 175 Fulweiler Avenue, Auburn, California, which public hearing will consider adoption of a resolution to establish the rates for electric generation in anticipation of providing service for its unbundled electric generation customers. At the public hearing, any interested person may appear to address the Governing Board regarding the proposed rates.

Summary of Notice to Set Electric Generation Rates

The Governing Board of Pioneer Community Energy will consider a proposal to establish electric generation for service commencing on, or after, February 1, 2018.  If the proposed rates are approved, electric rates for Pioneer’s unbundled electric generation service will decrease by three percent from the PG&E rates in effect on October 1, 2017, effective for billing cycles commencing after February 1, 2018.

Public Hearing Process

The public hearing is open to the public; any member of the public may attend the meeting. After the public hearing has been opened, any member of the public may speak on the proposed rate schedules which, if adopted, will be three percent less than PG&E rates in effect on October 1, 2017 for Pioneer’s unbundled electric generation. After considering all proposals, public testimony and evidence presented during the public hearings, the Governing Board will consider adopting a resolution adopting the proposed rate schedules. After the close of the public hearing, the Governing Board will discuss the proposed rate schedules and may adopt the proposed rate schedules, modify, or reject them.

Pioneer Community Energy is committed to the lowest possible rate for its unbundled electric generation service, consistent with reliable and safe service levels. Pioneer has a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in economics, finance, accounting, engineering and power industry markets and procurement.

Any changes to Pioneer Community Energy rates must be adopted at duly noticed public meetings of the Pioneer Community Energy Board. PG&E charges Pioneer Community Energy customers a monthly Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) and Franchise Fee Surcharge.  Pioneer Community Energy has accounted for these additional charges in calculating its rates. Financial assistance programs like CARE (California Alternate Rates for Energy), FERA (Family Electric Rate Assistance), and Medical Baseline Allowance remain the same for Pioneer Community Energy customers. If you are enrolled in any of these programs with PG&E, you will continue to be enrolled if you accept service from Pioneer Community Energy. Subsequent changes to PG&E or Pioneer Community Energy rates will impact rate cost comparisons.

Pioneer Community Energy is governed by a Board of elected officials representing Placer County and the cities of Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln and Rocklin and the Town of Loomis.

For additional information, or to review or obtain a copy of the Implementation Plan, please contact your Pioneer Community Energy team by email at or by phone at (916) 758-8969 or 1 (844) YESPIONEER.

More News from Pioneer

More News from Pioneer

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).