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2020

9/24/2020 Pioneer Signs 10-Year Contract with Sierra Pacific Industries for Local Biomass Energy: Lincoln Biomass Facility Part of the Contract   (Sep. 24)

Published: Thursday, September 24, 2020

Placer County, Calif. – 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 

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8/25/2020 Pioneer Community Energy and RAI Energy International, Inc. Announce 7.1 MW System Resource Adequacy Purchase Agreement   (Aug. 25)

Published: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

(SAN JOSE, Calif.) – Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer), the Placer County, Calif. community choice aggregator, entered into a resource adequacy purchase agreement with an affiliate of RAI Energy International, Inc. (RAI Energy), the Silicon Valley-based global energy development company. Resource adequacy agreements help load-serving entities, like Pioneer, maintain generating capacity and meet electrical demand for California homes and businesses. Under the terms of the agreement, RAI Energy’s Gas Co Road solar and energy storage project in Kern County, Calif. will deliver 7.1 MW of system 

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8/24/2020 Pioneer Customers Can Take Advantage of Electric Rate Discounts   (Aug. 24)

Published: Monday, August 24, 2020

Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) reminds customers on fixed and low incomes that two programs could help save them money on their electricity bills. The California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) and the Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) programs provide discounts on customers’ bills for those who qualify. CARE customers save 30-35% on their total bill, and FERA customers receive a rate reduction. This is in addition to the current 6% savings Pioneer residential customers save on electric generation. More than 10,000 Pioneer customers have already taken advantage of the CARE and FERA 

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8/10/2020 TOUA Customers Receive Notice of Rate Plan Change: Pioneer Reminds Customers That They Have a Choice   (Aug. 10)

Published: Monday, August 10, 2020

Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) customers on the time-of-use rate plan TOUA began receiving notices from PG&E in August advising that they would be moved automatically to the TOUC3 rate plan in October 2020. Time-of-use rate plans have time periods like 4 pm to 9 pm or 5 pm to 8 pm where electricity costs more than other times of day. Customers exercise control over their electricity costs by shifting when they use power to time periods when electricity costs less. Because PG&E is closing the TOUA rate plan, all customers, including Pioneer customers, on TOUA must be moved to the default 

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7/20/2020 Pioneer Diversifies Its Energy Portfolio Adding Northern California Geothermal   (Jul. 20)

Published: Monday, July 20, 2020

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 

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6/19/2020 Pioneer Community Energy Adopts Bill Protection Program   (Jun. 19)

Published: Friday, June 19, 2020

The Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) Board adopted a bill protection program for residential customers who voluntarily choose to switch from a flat rate plan (E-1) to a Time-of-Use C3 (TOUC3) rate plan. The TOUC3 rate plan increases charges for electricity used from 4 pm to 9 pm and decreases the cost during other time periods (like at night). Under a time-of-use rate plan, customers can control the cost of their electricity bills by changing how and when they use electricity. Because changing electricity usage habits can be challenging, Pioneer created its bill protection program to eliminate 

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5/29/2020 Pioneer Community Energy Distributes $190,108 to Solar Customers for Surplus Solar Generation   (May. 29)

Published: Friday, May 29, 2020

Placer County, Calif. – Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) provided either checks or credits to 3,406 of its solar customers who generated more electricity than they used over the past year in its first Net Energy Metering (NEM) cash-out. Pioneer mailed checks totaling $174,521 to 1,996 customers with kilowatt hour (kWh) balances above $25. An additional 1,410 customers with kWh balances below $25 received credits to their accounts totaling $15,587. “Pioneer Community Energy made a commitment to support solar when we started providing electricity in 2018,” said Peter Gilbert, Lincoln Vice 

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5/06/2020 Pioneer Community Energy Settlement Means Savings for Mobile Home Park Residents   (May. 06)

Published: Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Placer County, Calif. – Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) and Park Billing Company, Inc. (Park Billing) signed a settlement agreement on May 4, 2020 regarding electric generation rates charged to mobile home park (MHP) residents in the Pioneer service area ensuring MHP residents receive the benefits of Pioneer’s competitive rates. “This settlement demonstrates how effective Pioneer Community Energy can be serving its customers,” said Rocklin Mayor Greg Janda, current chair of the Pioneer Governing Board. “Mobile Home Parks are one of the last refuges of affordable housing, and for those 

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5/04/2020 Pioneer Powers Up the Auburn Police Department   (May. 04)

Published: Monday, May 04, 2020

Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) events may strike the Auburn area again 2020, but this year, the Auburn Police Department looks to stay powered up thanks to circuit switching and help from Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer). “Last year’s PSPS outages were extraordinarily difficult for our community,” said Cheryl Maki, Auburn City Councilwoman. “When the 2019 PSPS events occurred, our City Hall had power, but right next door our Police Department did not. Old town Auburn had power, but downtown Auburn did not. Even our local radio station KAHI did not have power to communicate any emergency 

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4/28/2020 Pioneer Expands Energy Portfolio with Edwards Sanborn Solar IV, LLC Contract   (Apr. 28)

Published: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) entered into a 15-year agreement with Edwards Sanborn Solar IV, LLC (Sanborn Solar) to receive 33.7 megawatts of solar energy. One megawatt can power approximately 500 average homes for one hour. Pioneer remains committed to purchasing energy from local resources as available and has contracts in its portfolio with projects in Placer County and Northern California. The Sanborn Solar facility offered an opportunity to provide Pioneer customers with cost effective renewable energy, while contributing to its long-term Renewables Portfolio Standard and incremental 

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2019

10/08/2019 Pioneer Community Energy Sets New Rates at 11% Discount   (Oct. 08)

Published: Tuesday, October 08, 2019

During its annual rate-setting process, the Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) Board set its 2019-2020 electric generation rates at 11% below PG&E’s generation rates. The new rates take effect November 1, 2019 and are even more competitive to PG&E’ electric generation than the rates Pioneer first set in 2018. Pioneer maintains its commitment to competitive rates and operational excellence through prudent energy procurement and a focus on efficiency and cost controls. The new discount means the typical residential customer using 700 KWh will save approximately $8.89 each month. ### ABOUT 

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8/29/2019 Pioneer Secures 11 Year Contract for Renewable Power from Shell Energy   (Aug. 29)

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2019

Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Shell Energy North America (Shell Energy) to purchase 1.375 million megawatt hours (MWh), of renewable energy with potential for an additional 300,000 MWh over the next 11 years. The power purchase is part of Pioneer’s plan to meet the California Public Utility Commission’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirement that 65% of all renewable energy purchases be secured through contracts with terms longer than 10 years. In addition to meeting a regulatory requirement, the PPA with Shell Energy provides Pioneer 

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8/6/2019 Pioneer Community Energy Supports Customer Choice: Votes No on Time of Use Automatic Enrollment   (Aug. 06)

Published: Tuesday, August 06, 2019

The Pioneer Community Energy Board (Pioneer) asserted its independence voting unanimously against forcing Pioneer’s residential customers onto time of use rate plans. The Board determined that Pioneer customers should make the choice for themselves. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) directed that all residential customers on flat rate plans be automatically enrolled into time of use (TOU) rate plans in an effort to shift electricity consumption away from the 4 pm to 9 pm period, when demand peaks and energy costs are higher. The cost of electricity will be higher from 4 pm to 

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2018

10/04/2018 California Climate Credit is on the way for all electric ratepayers   (Oct. 04)

Published: Thursday, October 04, 2018

Twice a year, millions of California residents receive a credit on their utility bill identified as the “California Climate Credit.” The credit stems from a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) program that requires power plants, natural gas distributors and other large industries that emit greenhouse gases to buy carbon pollution permits. All residential and eligible small business electricity customers of Pioneer Community Energy, PG&E, and Liberty Utilities will receive the credit. The credit represents residential utility ratepayers’ share of the payments from the 

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7/12/2018 Pioneer Community Energy Opens to Solar Customers, Many Enroll Early   (Jul. 18)

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pioneer Community Energy Opens to Solar Customers, Many Enroll Early Pioneer Community Energy opened enrollment to solar customers in early June 2018 and has seen more than 250 solar owners choose to join Pioneer early, taking advantage of Pioneer’s lower rates. “We established Pioneer Community Energy to provide lower rates and the opportunity to have local control over electric generation rates and programs,” said Bridget Powers, Mayor of Auburn and Pioneer Board member. “As a not-for-profit, local government agency supplier of electricity, we have been able to provide residents, businesses, 

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6/28/2018 Solar customers can enroll early with Pioneer to take advantage of lower rates   (Jun. 28)

Published: Thursday, June 28, 2018

Solar customers can enroll early with Pioneer to take advantage of lower rates Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) will begin enrolling solar customers starting September 2018, based upon the customer’s true-up date. Solar customers interested in taking advantage of Pioneer’s lower electric rates and monthly billing cycle, do not have to wait to enroll. Solar/Net Energy Metering (NEM) customers can enroll early by calling 1 (844) 937-7466. Pioneer’s generation rate for residential E-1 customers are 7.5% less than PG&E’s. Pioneer also offers a slightly higher net surplus compensation 

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3/20/2018 Unanimous vote: Rates 9% lower than PG&E!   (Mar. 20)

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Pioneer Board votes unanimously: Rates are now 9% lower than PG&E The Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) Board reviewed its rates in light of PG&E’s recent rate hikes, and voted unanimously to maintain Pioneer’s rates as they were set December 2017. Pioneer customers will now realize an average 9% discount on electric generation over PG&E rates, which went up March 1, 2018. Pioneer has been committed to lower and more stable rates. The Pioneer Board carefully reviewed updated financial information, and considered the impact of several rate scenarios on Pioneer’s ability to pay-off 

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2017

12/11/2017 News Release – Rate Reduction   (Dec. 11)

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017

Pioneer Community Energy will reduce electricity generation rates 3% for customers in unincorporated Placer County, Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis and Rocklin in 2018 On Dec. 11, the Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) Board held a public hearing and then approved an electric generation rate package that reduces rates by 3% below current PG&E electric generation rates. Residents and businesses within Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin and unincorporated Placer County that currently receive electric generation from PG&E will receive the benefits of Pioneer’s lower rates starting 

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12/06/2017 News Release – 1st Enrollment Notices   (Dec. 08)

Published: Friday, December 08, 2017

Pioneer Community Energy Enrollment Notices in the mail to Residents and Businesses for Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin and unincorporated Placer County PLACER COUNTY, Calif. – In December, residents and businesses will receive the first of several notices informing them about the coming change in their electric energy supply from Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer). Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin and Placer County have partnered to provide lower cost electricity to the residents and businesses within their jurisdictions. Every customer will continue to receive a PG&E bill 

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11/30/2017 Public Hearing Notice – Rates   (Nov. 30)

Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017

This notice was first published November 30, 2017 and again December 7, 2017 in the following publications: Auburn Journal, Colfax Record (before it stopped printing), Lincoln News Messenger, Loomis News, Placer Herald, Roseville Press Tribune.   PIONEER COMMUNITY ENERGY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO SET ELECTRIC GENERATION RATES  NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT, the Governing Board of Pioneer Community Energy will conduct a public hearing on December 11, 2017, at the hour of 3:15 p.m. (or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard), at the regular meeting place of the Governing Board of Pioneer 

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7/21/2017 Public Hearing Notice – Implementation Plan   (Jul. 21)

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017

This public notice was published July 21, 2017 and July 26, 2017 in the following publications: Auburn Journal, Colfax Record, Loomis News, Lincoln News Messenger, Placer Herald, Roseville Tribune, and the Sacramento Bee. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Pioneer Community Energy Adoption of Community Choice Aggregation Implementation Plan NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Pioneer Community Energy, a Joint Exercise of Powers Agency, will hold a public hearing on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the Placer County Administrative Center, 175 Fulweiler Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603 to consider formation of a Community 

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2016

6/23/2016 News Release – Preliminary Financing   (Jun. 23)

Published: Thursday, June 23, 2016

Placer County Board of Supervisors approves preliminary financing for Community Choice Energy Program On June 21, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a preliminary financing plan and introduced an ordinance for the development of Community Choice Energy (CCE) program for Placer County. CCE programs allow local governments to provide electricity based on the pooled energy use of ratepayers within their jurisdictions and in the territories of investor owned utilities (IOSs) such as PG&E and Liberty Energy. The CCE program will purchase and provide the electricity and will work with 

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6/07/2016 News Release – CCA Exploration   (Jun. 07)

Published: Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Placer County explores Community Choice Energy as energy supply option The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved moving forward with certain items related to the assessment and planning for a Community Choice Aggregation or Community Choice Energy (CCE) program and its possible benefits for businesses and residents in Placer County.  A CCE in Placer County would provide a choice for purchasing energy and provide local control over rates and incentives as well as the opportunity to utilize locally generated power to meet business and residential electrical needs. CCE programs allow local 

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