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 Begins Servicing El Dorado County and the City of Placerville

Main Street of Placerville

As of January 3, Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) began providing residents and businesses of El Dorado County and the City of Placerville with electric generation. Pioneer, a community-owned, not-for-profit utility, will complete the transition from PG&E over the month of January.

Pioneer is a Community Choice Aggregator that began providing electricity to the communities of Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin and unincorporated Placer County in 2018. By joining Pioneer, customers in unincorporated El Dorado County and Placerville will join their neighbors and realize immediate savings on electricity generation rates.

“The addition of Placerville and El Dorado County will increase our account base to approximately 161,000,” said Jim Holmes, Placer County Supervisor for District 3 and Pioneer Board Chair. “That gives us more leverage in the energy markets, more opportunity to reinvest in local programs. The new jurisdictions’ move to join Pioneer is a testament to the success of our program and our commitment to electricity ratepayers in our service area.”

New customers eligible for Pioneer services received two notices before enrollment. Pioneer purchases and provides customers the electricity. PG&E still owns, operates, repairs, and services the poles and wires. Customers will continue to receive a bill directly from PG&E that includes Pioneer’s generation rate.

Pioneer focuses on initiatives that reinforce its commitment to local engagement and quality of service. If ratepayers have questions regarding the transition, need an explanation of their bill or have other concerns, they are encouraged to call 916-758-8969.

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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).