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 Community Energy Announces New 100% Renewable Energy Option

Woman and child with Wind Turbines

Today, Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer), the publicly owned, joint powers authority that provides electricity for residents and businesses currently in Placer County and in El Dorado County starting 2022, announced the rollout of Green100, a new 100% renewable energy option.

“When members of our communities began asking Pioneer for electricity produced from 100% renewable sources, we brought them Green100,” said Jim Holmes, member of the Placer County Board of Supervisors and chair of the Pioneer Governing Board. “We launched Pioneer to give our communities a choice in electricity providers, and now we can give them a choice in electricity products.” 

The new Green100 rate demonstrates Pioneer’s commitment to local control and responsiveness to ratepayer requests. Green100 renewable resources may include geothermal, wind, solar, hydroelectric and biomass. Residents and businesses interested in reducing their carbon footprint can sign up for Pioneer’s Green100 program starting today

Pioneer always supports your right to choose. Enrolling in Green100 is completely voluntary and may also help building owners seeking LEED certification.

“The Green100 rate gives businesses and municipalities another tool to use to meet state carbon reduction requirements,” said John Hidahl, member of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and the Pioneer Governing Board. “With this new option, Pioneer Community Energy becomes the only source for ratepayers looking for electricity produced from 100% renewable resources.”

Pioneer’s founding principles include spearheading solutions that benefit customers, the economy and the environment by building local energy resiliency and creating renewable energy jobs. To that end, Pioneer strives to purchase renewable electricity from local resources in Placer and El Dorado counties and from within California whenever possible.

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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).