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Understanding Your Residential Rates
Grass Valley and Nevada City

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The number one priority for Pioneer Community Energy in Grass Valley and Nevada City is offering competitive and stable electricity generation rates for your home, and we are delivering. Residential customers will save 10% or more over PG&E electricity generation rates on their bills in 2024.

Pioneer has developed a tool to assist most of our customers in understanding their monthly and annual savings by choosing Pioneer. All of our residential customers on an E1 rate will find that this calculator can quickly show their energy savings. This calculator reflects only E1 rates, so please reach out if you can’t find your rate plan or are on a different rate plan.

This calculator is for the vintage year 2023. Customers with a 2023 Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA), also called an “Exit Fee,” can quickly see the difference in savings between PG&E and Pioneer Community Energy rates. To verify your vintage year, please look at your bill. If your vintage year is different or you can’t find your vintage year, please contact Pioneer for an individualized rate analysis.

Simply enter your monthly kWh usage (from your bill) into our rate calculator below and compare PG&E generation costs versus the Pioneer generation rate PLUS the appropriate PCIA. The savings you’ll achieve by choosing Pioneer will be obvious. You can also calculate savings yourself using the manual savings calculator.

If you have a more nuanced rate structure, call or email Pioneer for assistance instead of using the calculator.

What Might My Pioneer Energy Bill Look Like?

Enter your information in our Rates Comparison Calculator to see how much you could save with Pioneer Community Energy. 

Need Assistance? If you are confused by the PG&E imposed PCIA fee or want clarification on what a vintage year is, please visit our Understanding the PCIA fee page. If you need help understanding where to find any of this data on your bill, please visit the Understanding Your Bill page.
This calculator represents generation costs only – as of January 1, 2024. PG&Es rates can change, so please check back frequently.

PG&E Rate Increases

Pioneer strives for transparency by publishing increases to PG&E’s fees and rates.
  • Read about PG&E’s 2023 rate adjustments
  • PG&E has increased rates for all customers to support their poles and wires (T&D). This increase affects Pioneer and non-Pioneer customers equally – everyone’s rates will go up by the exact same dollar amount. Don’t be misled by PG&E’s creative math and clever marketing spin.
  • In January 2022, Transmission & Distribution rates for residential (E1) customers were increased 12.6 percent.
  • Over the first few months of 2022, natural gas prices nearly doubled when compared with earlier prices. PG&E passes these costs on to customers in the form of monthly rate adjustments/increases.
  • These changes affect both Pioneer customers and those who have opted out.
  • In February 2022, PG&E submitted an additional rate increase request to the California Public Utilities Commission to be implemented later in 2022.

Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA)– A PG&E-Imposed Exit Fee

The chart below reviews PG&E’s increase in PCIA fees year over year. To learn more about how the PCIA fee works, please visit Understanding Your Residential PCIA Fee.

Rate 2023 2024
E1/TOUC
$0.00752
$0.00752

The rate table above represents rates as of January 1, 2024.

*For customers at a different rate tariff, please go to PG&E’s Rate Tariff Webpage. To determine your applicable PCIA, please look at your PG&E bill. If you need assistance, do not hesitate to call the Pioneer offices at (916) 758-8969.

Pioneer Residential Rate Adjustments

Please take into consideration all the data when evaluating your energy options and the pending financial impacts of your energy choices.

  • In January 2024, Pioneer customers experienced an adjustment to their applicable Generation rate.
  • Pioneer’s Board of Directors approved a rate-setting schedule that will save customers 10% or more on the generation portion of their bill.


For more information, please review Pioneer’s
residential rate sheets.

For information on other rate-related topics, visit our Green100, Time-of-Use, and Understanding Your PCIA pages:

Choose Pioneer

Should you have questions regarding power generation rates, PCIA fees or your electric utility bill, please contact your Pioneer customer service team by email at info@pioneercommunityenergy.org or call our offices at (916) 758-8969. We’ll be happy to help with your power and your choice.

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