A new energy provider led by Placer County will be offering an alternative to PG&E for services in 2018.

Pioneer Community Energy, a joint effort by Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin and Placer County, claims that it will offer residents electricity at lower rates. Residents began receiving letters in the mail in December about Pioneer Community Energy, which is governed by a board of locally elected officials.

Enrollment in Pioneer Community Energy begins in February. According to the county, “Every customer will continue to receive a PG&E bill that will show Pioneer Community Energy as the provider of the electricity generation. All payments will continue to be sent to PG&E. PG&E will continue to transmit and deliver the electricity, maintain the power lines and respond to all service needs, such as power outages.”

Jennifer Montgomery is a Placer County Supervisor and chair of the Pioneer Community Energy Governing Board.

“Instead of being beholden to a statewide entity subject to the whims of its stockholders, the Pioneer Board establishes local control over electricity rates and will be able to design programs that meet the needs of the residents and businesses in Placer County,” Montgomery said. “With local control, we can provide lower and more stable rates and do more to meet the local goals and priorities of our communities.”

Once enrollment starts, residents will have the choice to continue receiving (after being automatically enrolled) the benefits of Pioneer Community Energy, or to remain with PG&E.

For more information, call 1.844.937.4766.

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