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.

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Estimate your savings with VCE by using our simplified rate calculator

View our rate tables for the full  breakdown of current rates: Residential, Commercial, Agricultural

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.

For more information, download our customer guides: Agricultural | Business

Solar Customers

photo of solar panels Like similar existing Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs, VCE will increase the value of local solar to the owners of solar PV systems. For example, both Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power, two other operating Community Choice programs, have successfully developed programs that offer greater incentives than PG&E provides in order to encourage residents and businesses to install solar.

Learn More on our Solar Customer page.

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.