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.
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Pioneer Signs 10-Year Contract with Sierra Pacific Industries for Local Biomass Energy

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Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) and Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) signed a 10-year agreement for SPI to supply renewable biomass energy credits, providing Pioneer the opportunity to meet is renewable energy electricity obligations at the lowest possible cost. These credits are generated at SPI’s five California biomass cogeneration electricity facilities including a local plant in Lincoln.

“The City of Lincoln joined Pioneer to have local control over the cost of electricity and the power to choose where that electricity comes from,” said Peter Gilbert, Lincoln Vice Mayor and Pioneer Board member. “When Pioneer purchases power locally, we stimulate the local economy and keep people employed.”

The Lincoln biomass cogeneration facility is an integral part of the company’s sawmill complex that employs about 350 people as it provides electricity to run the mill site and produces steam to dry the lumber. The other biomass facilities are also co-located with SPI sawmills in Plumas, Shasta and Tuolumne counties, supporting the economies of those rural communities.

The contract with Pioneer represents a purchase of a significant portion of SPI facilities’ total production of these energy credits. Pioneer’s purchase agreement reflects the Pioneer Board’s commitment to biomass.

“Pioneer has had a goal to purchase power locally and to support biomass which helps keep our forests healthy while reducing wildfire risk,” said Greg Janda, Rocklin City Councilmember and Pioneer Board chair. “The contract with Sierra Pacific Industries helps Pioneer meet its goals while satisfying important regulatory requirements.”

“Our crew is proud to be using locally grown, harvested and manufactured wood products to also help provide renewable power to homes in our own neighborhoods,” said Brian Coyle, SPI Lincoln Sawmill manager. “This is a partnership that provides both environmental and economic solutions for our community.”

The long-term contract with SPI also helps fulfill Pioneer’s obligation to meet the California Public Utility Commission’s 65% long-term renewable energy purchase requirement. Renewable energy sources include biomass, biofuel, geothermal, wind and solar.

ABOUT SPI: Sierra Pacific Industries is a third-generation, family-owned forest products company based in Anderson, California. In addition to producing enough renewable energy to power about 126,000 homes, the company owns and manages nearly 2 million acres of timberland in California and Washington and is one of the largest U.S. lumber producers. SPI also manufactures millwork and windows.

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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).