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 Establishes Community-Run Programs Advisory Committee

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Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) appointed an 11-member committee to provide public insight and perspective on ratepayer benefit programs to the Pioneer Board. The Community Programs Advisory Committee (CPAC) includes volunteer members from both Placer and El Dorado Counties.

“We created Pioneer to provide local control over our current and future energy costs, and part of that control is determining what types of customer programs we would like to offer,” said Jim Holmes, Placer County District 3 Supervisor, and Pioneer Board Chair. “Local control also means inviting the public to help us shape those programs through CPAC.”

After the Pioneer Board approved creating CPAC in May, staff distributed recruitment notices throughout Placer and El Dorado counties, seeking applicants. Following review of the applications received, staff provided a list of potential candidates for the Board to approve at its September 16, 2021 meeting.

El Dorado County representatives include Dennis Byrne, El Dorado Hills; Dana Fennie, Greenwood; Brandon Reinhardt, El Dorado Hills; Bora Akyol, El Dorado Hills; Kelly Kantola, Cameron Park; and Glenn Krakow, El Dorado Hills. Placer County representatives include David Deckman, Newcastle; Glen Kramer, Auburn; Geoffrey McLennan, Rocklin; James Curtis, Lincoln; and Lee Kosla, Rocklin.

CPAC will meet publicly once a month with a goal of providing a report on program recommendations to the Pioneer Board by November 2022. CPAC may also recommend programs sooner if the opportunity and funding for a program becomes available earlier.

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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).