Time of Use Plan

Save by shifting daily usage to low demand times.

With Time of Use, you still need to conserve energy throughout the month to avoid and react to higher priced tiers, but the price you pay also varies thoughout the time of day and season. This works great if you can use air conditioning and major appliances in the morning or evening during the summer.
Rates are lowest in the morning, late evening and weekends from May through October, and at all times outside 5-8PM on weekdays from November through April. The graphic below shows Time of Use pricing (Tier 2) over one year. See the next section to understand Time of Use and Tiers.
Lowest rates on weekdays from May to October are 16.6 cents per kilowatt hour. Highest rates are 35.8 cents per kilowatt hour, and medium rates are 24.3 cents per kilowatt hour. On weekends rates are lowest at all times except from 5 PM to 8 PM, when they are medium; and on holidays rates are lowest all day.
For November to April rates are 17.0 cents per kilowatt hour at all times except 5 PM to 8 PM on weekdays, when they are 18.7 cents per kilowatt hour.

Time of Use and Tiers

Like the Tiered Rate Plan, as you use the electricity allotments in each tier, you move to the next tier and higher price.
This means pricing varies based on the time of the day and the usage tier you've reached. To save, avoid both higher price times and conserve total usage over your bill period.

Energy Alerts

PG&E can alert you by text, email or phone when you've moved in to higher price tiers with Energy Alerts.
Tier Information table
Tier 1: Each monthly billing period begins at the lowest rate. While you want to stretch as far as possible, average customers use all of Tier 1 in about 15-20 days.
Tier 2: With about one third the allotment of Tier 1, Tier 2 costs slightly more (+3¢). If your Tier 1 lasts 15-20 days, Tier 2 could last another 5-6 days.
Tier 3: The rate increases dramatically (+5¢) in this tier. Customers who enter Tier 3 are consuming significant amounts of electricity.
Tier 4: Finally; if you enter tier 4, you are using more than twice your Tier 1 total, and the rate increases by an additional 7¢.
Time of UseTier 1Tier 2Tier 3Tier 4 None
MAY - OCTOBER   (+3.1¢) (+5.3¢) (+6.9¢)  
  High Demand 32.7 35.8 41.1 48.0  
  Medium Demand 21.1 24.3 29.5 36.4  
  Low Demand 13.4 16.6 21.9 28.7  
  Medium Demand 15.6 18.7 24.0 30.9  
  Low Demand 13.9 17.0 22.3 29.2  
Tiered Rate Plan          
YEAR ROUND 16.7 19.8 25.2 32.1  

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To sign up, call PG&E at 1-866-743-0263.

SmartRate Add-on

SmartRate™ Add-on

Available with the Tiered and Time of Use Base Plan, the SmartRate™ Add-on discounts your summer rate in exchange for a higher rate, 2-7PM, on up to 15 SmartDays, May through October.
Rate Analysis

Rate Analysis

Log in to My Energy to analyze your usage pattern against the various rate options. Learn which rate plan is best for you based on how you use energy.

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