You may save money by selecting an alternate electric rate schedule
The electric rate schedules available to agricultural customers are summarized below. Compare your current rate schedule, found at the beginning of the Electric Account Detail section of your Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) bill with the ones listed below. Detailed gas and electric rate schedule information is available at www.pge.com/rateoptions.
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Contact your local PG&E business representative, or call PG&E at 1(800)468-4743, to request a free electric rate analysis, rate schedule change, or rate option information. You may also do your own rate analysis online at www.pge.com/mybusiness/myaccount/rates/tools/
For customers with maximum demands below 500 kilowatts who have low annual operating hours (generally less than 500 hours), especially if they can’t minimize their use of electricity during summer weekdays (May 1 through October 31) between noon and 6 p.m. This schedule is not available to customers whose meter registers a maximum demand of 200 kilowatts or more for three consecutive months.
(Note: A TOU rate can be the best choice even if you need to run equipment from noon to 6 p.m., so please review the TOU rate options below.)
The TOU schedules listed below may save you money. A TOU meter is required for service on all TOU schedules. If a TOU meter must be installed to meet this requirement, the installation will generally occur within 4 weeks. There is no charge for the meter installation. Access to the meter is required at all times.
For customers with moderate annual operating hours (generally 500 to 1,200). Additional savings are possible if you can minimize electricity use on summer weekdays between noon and 6 p.m. Customers whose service has a single motor load of at least 35 hp or multiple motor load of at least 15 hp may save even more on AG-4C if they can minimize usage on summer and winter weekdays from 8:30 a.m. through 9:30 p.m.
For customers with high annual operating hours. Additional savings are possible if you can minimize electricity use on summer weekdays between noon and 6 p.m. Customers whose service has a single motor load of at least 35 hp or multiple motor load of at least 15 hp may save even more on AG-5C if they can minimize usage on summer and winter weekdays from 8:30 a.m. through 9:30 p.m.
For customers who need to operate 24 hours a day for up to four consecutive days a week (Thu-Sun or Sat–Tues) during the summer but can minimize use from noon to 6 p.m. on the three remaining weekdays.
For customers who can minimize electricity use on summer weekdays during any one of these time periods: noon to 4 p.m., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., or 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
*Net Energy Metering Service (NEM)
For customers qualifying for agricultural rates who operate a photovoltaic (solar) and/or wind electric generating facility with a generating capacity of 1,000 kW or less on their premises that offsets all or part of their electric load while interconnected with PG&E. Direct Access customers should contact their Energy Service Provider (ESP) for information about the ESP’s net metering program.
*Net Energy Metering Service for Biogas Customer Generators (NEMBIO)
A limited pilot program for bundled service customers on TOU rate schedules who operate an eligible Biogas Digester Electrical Generating Facility located on or adjacent to the customer’s premises that offsets all or part of their electric load (including the load from any of their qualifying dairy farm TOU accounts) while interconnected with PG&E.
*Net metering customers may be responsible for expenses for purchasing and installing metering that can perform net energy measurements.
Customers interested in interconnecting more than one generator, each subject to different rate treatment (for example, NEMBIO and NEM solar) on a single account, can now do so. For further information, contact PG&E via e-mail at email@example.com.
Check with Pacific Gas and Electric Company at www.pge.com/gen for current NEM & NEMBIO requirements or for more information.
Demand Response Programs
For eligible services on AG-4A, AG-4C & AG-5C, Peak Day Pricing offers lower rates during the summer season to customers who agree to reduce electricity use during critical peak periods. Now, eligible customers can participate in Peak Day Pricing and a qualifying Demand Response program.
For eligible demand metered TOU customers (excluding AG-R, AG-V, Schedule S), the Demand Bidding Program (E-DBP) is a no-risk program whereby participants earn bill credits for reducing their power usage when contacted.
Please visit the Business Services section of www.pge.com for energy saving tips, safety messages, rebate programs for energy efficient products, and more. You can also obtain information on Energy Usage, Billing History, Rate Comparison Tools, Energy Outage and Restoration Status, Detail of Bill, and Account Aggregation by going to www.pge.com/mybusiness/myaccount/analysis/