In January 2022, Pioneer Community Energy will offer the option to use its services as an electricity provider in El Dorado County. For those who wish to stay with PG&E, there will be an “opt-out” option where customers can stay with PG&E rather than switch to Pioneer.
“Pioneer provides a choice of electricity providers where no choice previously existed,” said Don Eckert, executive director of Pioneer Community Energy. “Pioneer provides the power that is delivered over the PG&E lines and there will be no impact on power service compared to what anyone currently has. If you have an outage, you call PG&E as you did before. They own the wires and poles, Pioneer only provides the electricity.
Pioneer Community Energy is a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) which is an agreement between two or more public agencies that allows them to come together and exercise their powers as a single agency for the purpose of accomplishing specific objectives that they may have in common.
Alexia Retallack, Pioneer Community Energy representative, encourages the community to visit the Pioneer website pioneercommunityenergy.ca.gov/ for more information on what Pioneer does, how it works and what it brings to the community.
“We’ve tried to provide as much information and answer as many questions as possible on our website,” Retallack said. “If a community member can’t find the answer they’re looking for, we encourage them to email us their questions or contact our customer service. We try to be very attentive to the needs of community members.
Pioneer also plans to hold community meetings in El Dorado County. The Georgetown Community Meeting is scheduled for October 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. at IOOF. A community meeting is also planned for El Dorado Hills. Pioneer has suspended community meeting plans for Placerville and Pollock Pines due to the Caldor fire and will work with local officials to arrange meetings once the emergency has passed.