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 Commits to Keeping Rates Competitive and Offers Significant Savings for Electricity Customers in 2023

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Rocklin, CA — The Pioneer Community Energy Board of Directors is taking action that underscores its ongoing commitment to be among the most affordable Community Choice Aggregation providers of electricity in California. The Board announced at its Dec. 15, 2022, meeting that Pioneer’s adjusted electricity rates will provide savings of 15 percent or more compared with PG&E’s generation rates for existing customers. The increased savings take effect in Jan. 2023, for Pioneer residential and business customers in the Placer County and El Dorado County service areas. Pioneer supplies the electricity generation portion of your bill while gas and transmission/distribution charges are from PG&E.

“Pioneer is steadfast in our commitment to keeping electricity generation costs competitive,” said Alice Dowdin Calvillo, who serves as Chairperson of the Pioneer Board of Directors and Mayor for the City of Auburn. “We are pleased to offer Pioneer customers savings on electricity generation rates compared to PG&E’s, saving Pioneer customers a projected $46 million in 2023 alone.”

Customers who previously chose to opt out of Pioneer’s services may want to opt in to benefit from the additional savings on electricity now offered by Pioneer, effective Jan. 1, 2023. For more information, 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).