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.  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**).

On March 1, 2018 PG&E raised its rates. The Pioneer  Board reviewed its rates in light of PG&E’s rate hike, and voted unanimously to maintain Pioneer’s rates as they were set December 2017. Pioneer customers now realize an average 9% discount on electric generation over PG&E rates.

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

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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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