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 Submits Plan for Expanding to El Dorado County and the City of Placerville

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Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) submitted an Amended Implementation Plan to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to provide electric generation service to El Dorado County and the City of Placerville.  The filing followed the Pioneer Board’s approval of service expansion on Dec. 17, 2020.

The Amended Implementation Plan notifies the CPUC of Pioneer’s intent and process for expanding electric generation service to approximately 68,000 meters in unincorporated El Dorado County and the City of Placerville. Currently, electric customers in those areas receive electric generation exclusively from PG&E.

“Approving the plan to expand into El Dorado County and Placerville makes good business sense,” said Jim Holmes, Pioneer Director and Placer County Supervisor for District 3. “A larger customer base means increased revenues, opportunity for programs, reduced risk, and a stronger position in the energy market.”

El Dorado County and the City of Placerville approached Pioneer staff in the summer of 2020 expressing interest in receiving the benefits of the Pioneer Community Choice Aggregation program including local control and stable rates, among others.

In order to submit a plan for expansion, Pioneer secured approval from each of the current participating agencies: Placer County Board of Supervisors; the City Councils for Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Rocklin; and the Town Council for Loomis. The CPUC has up to 90 days to review and approve the amended plan, which upon approval, will allow Pioneer to begin providing electric generation to customers in El Dorado County and the City of Placerville as early as January 2022.

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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).