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 Diversifies Its Energy Portfolio Adding Northern California Geothermal

geothermal electricity

Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) added geothermal electricity produced in Northern California from The Geysers to its renewable energy portfolio through a 10-year agreement with Calpine Energy Services, LP (Calpine).

Pioneer’s contract with Calpine runs from 2022 to 2031 and will provide Pioneer with 8 megawatts of renewable energy. The geothermal plants at The Geysers generate electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week making them an attractive complement to Pioneer’s renewable portfolio. The Calpine contract will also contribute to Pioneer’s long-term Renewables Portfolio Standard requirements as prescribed by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

The Geysers, consisting of 13 geothermal plants with 725 megawatts of capacity, is the world’s largest geothermal resource developed for electric generation. Located in the Mayacamas Mountains in Lake and Sonoma Counties, the plants harness naturally-occurring hot steam fields below the earth’s surface to make clean, renewable energy.

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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 Bill.com 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).