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PG&E's Tiered Rate Plan (E-1)

Understand the Tiered Rate Plan

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The two tiers explained

This rate plan has two pricing levels, known as “tiers,” which are based on how much energy you use. 

  • Energy used within your Baseline Allowance is Tier 1 and billed at the lowest price.
  • Energy used above the Baseline Allowance is considered Tier 2 and is billed at a higher price.

The first and lowest-priced tier is called your Baseline Allowance. It consists of an allotment of energy based on where you live, your heating source, and the season—summer or winter.

  • Summer pricing runs from June 1 through September 30.
  • Winter pricing runs from October 1 through May 31.

Get details about the baseline allowance

  • The price for energy changes only when you exceed your Baseline Allowance and go into Tier 2 during the monthly billing cycle.
  • Since the Baseline Allowance changes by season, the amount of energy billed at the lowest price also changes by season.
  • You can save on your bill by conserving energy and staying within Baseline Allowance as long as possible.
  • This plan works best for customers who are unable to decrease their energy use during certain times of day.
Tier pricing starts low each billing period, then increases slightly for the following tiers

important notice icon Note: This chart represents an above-average usage customer. The length of time in each tier depends on monthly energy usage.


Other rate options

Save with the SmartRate™ add-on

The SmartRate program can help you save up to 20 percent on your summer energy bill. Receive a discount for reducing your energy use up to 15 days a year.

Take control with a Time-of-Use plan

On Time-of-Use rate plans, pricing varies depending on when you use energy during the day, week and season.

Rate for electric-powered homes

The Electric Home rate plan is ideal if you electrify your home with one or more of the following:

  • electric vehicle (EV)
  • battery storage
  • electric heat pump for water heating or climate control (space heating or cooling)

More ways to manage energy costs

Energy usage tools

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Energy Alerts

The Bill Forecast Alert sends a notification if your bill is expected to exceed an amount you specify.