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.

Small Businesses Can Take Advantage of Virtual Business Expo – “How to Do Business with State Agencies and Utilities”

Small Business

Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) encourages small and diverse businesses in Placer and El Dorado counties to take advantage of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) expo “How to Do Business with State Agencies and the Utilities,” on October 27 from 8 am to noon.

The virtual Small/Diverse Business Expo is a free event created to:

  • Help connect small and diverse businesses to utilities and government procurement specialists.
  • Educate small and diverse businesses on the benefits of becoming certified as a small business, woman-owned, minority-owned, disabled veteran-owned and/or LGBT-owned business.
  • Share with small and diverse businesses utilities’ best business practices and “how to get in the door” with utility companies.
  • Inform small and diverse businesses of utilities and government contract opportunities.
  • Provide networking with other business owners.

Under General Order 156, the CPUC orders utilities throughout the state to contract with small and diverse businesses through its Supplier Clearinghouse Database. Among other helpful information, the Expo will provide information the process for achieving certification.

“Pioneer makes every effort to support local businesses in our service area through our procurement,” said Donald Eckert, Pioneer Executive Director. “We also want to ensure that our local businesses are aware of other opportunities that could expand their presence and bring them more business.”

To register, visit:

For more information contact CPUC Small Business Liaison, Bezawit Dilgassa, via e-mail at or call 800-253-0500.

More News from Pioneer

More News from Pioneer

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).