Determine if SmartRate is right for you

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Check out the plan details

  • On the plan, your typical electric rate is reduced from June 1 to September 30, except on SmartDays.
  • SmartDays™ are days when electric rates are higher from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • SmartDays can be called any day of the year including weekends and holidays (although events on these days are much less likely to occur). A maximum of 15 SmartDays are called each year.
  • We notify you by 2 p.m. on the day before a SmartDay, so you can plan to shift or reduce your electricity usage the following day.
  • SmartRate is voluntary. You can opt out at any time.
  • SmartRate is risk-free and backed by our Bill Protection guarantee. Bill Protection helps ensure that you don't pay more your first full summer on the plan.
    Learn more about Bill Protection
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Choose how we notify you

Select text, email or a phone call. You decide how you, and up to three others will be contacted when a SmartDay is called.

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Shift your energy usage

A little planning goes a long way toward saving money on your electric bill. Find new ways to reduce your electricity usage on SmartDays and other days of the year.
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Sign up for SmartRate now

Sign up now on your PG&E account page.

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Call 1-866-743-0263 for more information. You can also fill out a contact form.

Regular-Day Reduced Rate. You receive a rate reduction of $0.024 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) on your energy usage from June 1 to September 30, except from 2 to 7 p.m. on SmartDays. You also receive an extra rate reduction of $0.01/kWh for energy usage billed at Tiers 3 and 4 during all hours, from June 1 to September 30.

SmartDay Rate. You pay a $0.60/kWh SmartDay Rate in addition to your current rate, for a maximum of 15 SmartDays per year. On those 15 SmartDays, you’re charged the SmartDay Rate and your current rate for five hours, from 2 to 7 p.m. SmartDay charges may be higher than non-SmartDay Rates in each tier. Your participation in SmartRate means that you accept higher electric rates than stated by law, in each tier, for up to 15 days a year.

Bill Protection. You receive Bill Protection for the first full summer (May through October) on this plan. If the total SmartRate costs are more than a regular residential pricing plan, PG&E credits the difference on your November energy bill. If SmartRate is not for you, call PG&E to opt out at any time.