Pioneer Rates

Pioneer invests in our community through lower rates and programs that benefit local residents and businesses. Pioneer is a not-for-profit government organization. As a local government agency, Pioneer does not pay income taxes, and unlike an investor owed utility, Pioneer does not distribute profits  to shareholders.

On December 11, 2017, the Pioneer Board set rates at 3% less than PG&E for all rate schedules. Prior to setting the rates, the Pioneer Board published legal notices in the local newspapers of its intent to hold a public hearing on December 11, 2017 to consider setting rates 3% lower than PG&E’s electric generation rates. To ensure that Pioneer customers receive a lower rate, the rates have been set net of all PG&E surcharges to CCA customers (*PCIA and FFS**).

Pioneer is supported by the rates it charges for the electricity it supplies. It is not supported by any tax dollars.

Pioneer Community Energy Rate Comparisons




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*Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA)  is a fee charged to CCA customers, like Pioneer customers, to pay PG&E for electricity it purchased through long-term contracts  on behalf of CCA customers prior to their electricity being provided by a CCA.

**Franchise fees (FFS) are intended to reimburse local governments for use of public rights-of-way and other public services. All ratepayers whether served by a CCA or not are subject to this fee.

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