Rates & Billing

Rates

Valley Clean Energy makes choosing locally controlled energy easy for your household or business by keeping rates competitive and stable while providing clean, renewable power. We partner with PG&E to send you a single, consolidated bill. The VCE Board of Directors set its electricity rates in an open and public process.

Our rate tables are being updated and will be available in early 2019.

Commercial, Agricultural and Industrial Customers

VCE farm photo VCE is committed to working with commercial, agricultural, and industrial customers to determine how the rates will work for their businesses. If you are not sure whether staying with Valley Clean Energy is right for your business because of your current PG&E commercial, ag or industrial rates, please feel free to contact us. We want to work with you to help you decide what makes sense for your operation.

To read our Agricultural Customer Guide click here.
To read our Business Customer Guide click here.

SOLAR CUSTOMERS—Policy Updates for Solar Customers with installations prior to June 2018

photo of solar panelsResidential and commercial solar PV users are often leaders in environmental awareness. That’s why we’re especially disappointed to have to delay enrollment of these energy “early adopters” due to the recent CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission) decision that raises exit fees (PCIA) for all customers.

The new higher PCIA will increase VCE’s 2019 expenses by $3.5 million. And since solar customers cost somewhat more to serve than the revenues they return, (they generate much of their own electricity and purchase energy during peak periods when it’s more expensive to provide), our Board of Directors made the financially prudent decision to delay their enrollment for at least one year, to protect the viability of the program. (Note: This decision affects existing PG&E solar Net Energy Metered (NEM) customers. Existing VCE customers who install solar PV will remain VCE NEM customers.)

You can read more about how this works on our Solar Information Sheet, here.
You can also read our press release with more details here.

Please join our ListServ here to be kept up to date on policy updates.

Special Rate Customers

If you’re enrolled in any of PG&E’s discount programs, you will continue to get your discounts with Valley Clean Energy. There’s no need to reapply for: California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE), Federal Electric Rate Assistance (FERA), Medical Baseline Allowance (MBA) and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). You’ll continue to receive these rate discounts once you’re automatically enrolled, with the added benefit of receiving cleaner electricity at competitive rates.

California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program
Qualified households receive deep discounts on their energy bills through the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program. CARE eligibility is based on public assistance program participation or based on the number of individuals in your household and total gross household income. To learn more about CARE and how to apply, visit PG&E’s webpage about CARE.
Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program
The Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program can provide a monthly discount on your electric bills. The program is designed for income-qualified households of three or more persons. To learn more about FERA and how to apply, please visit PG&E’s webpage about FERA.
Medical Baseline
Medical Baseline is a financial assistance program for residential customers that have special energy needs due to qualifying medical conditions. Valley Clean Energy customers are eligible for this discount and can also enjoy additional savings on their energy bill. Customers with Medical Baseline enjoy an additional 30% discount on their electricity generation. To qualify, a California-licensed physician must certify that a full-time resident in your home has a qualifying medical condition. To learn more about Medical Baseline and how to apply, please visit PG&E’s webpage about Medical Baseline.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP is a federally funded assistance program overseen by the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) and administered by 32 Action Agencies throughout California. Services include the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP), and LIHEAP Weatherization. Visit California Department of Community Services & Development for more information.

Billing

After rates have been set and service launches in June 2018, we work in cooperation with PG&E to send you a single, consolidated bill. Please see our sample bill to see an example of what this will look like when you start receiving VCE service.

The electric charges on your bill can be simplified into two categories:

icon electric generationElectric Generation: This is the source of your power and how much electricity you’re using. VCE replaces PG&E’s charges for electric generation.
icon electric deliveryElectric Delivery: This charge is the same for VCE customers and non-VCE customers. PG&E electric delivery charges stay the same.

Valley Clean Energy is able to provide competitive rates for electric generation costs. PG&E can add additional fees to your bill and those are always included in cost comparisons.