Understand the PG&E Tiered Rate Plan (E-1)
PG&E’s Tiered Rate Plan (E-1)
This rate plan has two pricing levels, known as “tiers,” which are based on how much energy you use. It also includes a High Usage Surcharge when your usage exceeds four times your Baseline Allowance, also known as Tier 1.
How the plan works
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 runs May 1 through October 31 and winter runs November 1 through April 30.
- Energy used within your Baseline Allowance is billed at the lowest price.
- Energy used above the Baseline Allowance is considered Tier 2 and is billed at a higher price.
- If your energy use exceeds four times the Baseline Allowance during your monthly billing cycle, a High Usage Surcharge will be applied.
Find your baseline allowance
What the plan means for you
- The price for energy changes only when you exceed your Baseline Allowance and go into Tier 2 during the monthly billing cycle.
- You can avoid the High Usage Surcharge by not exceeding four times your Baseline Allowance.
- 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.
Compare rates: Time-of-Use Rate Plans vs. the Tiered Rate Plan
The charts represent how plan rates are applied during a single billing cycle.
*In Time-of-Use Rate Plans, winter runs October–May and summer runs June–September. In the Tiered Rate Plan, winter runs November–April and summer runs May–October.
**Off-peak hours offer the lowest rates. They run before 3 p.m. and after 8 p.m. for E-TOU-A and before 4 p.m. and after 9 p.m. for E-TOU-B, Monday – Friday. Plus, all hours on weekends and most holidays. Please note, on January 1, 2020, the weekday off-peak period hours on the Time-of-Use (Peak Pricing 3-8 p.m. Weekdays) E-TOU-A rate plan will shift one hour, running before 4 p.m. and after 9 p.m.
NOTE: Prices are per kilowatt hour and are subject to change.
Find Current Pricing On The Tariffs Page
Run a Personalized Rate Comparison
The SmartRate plan 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.
On Time-of-Use rate plans, pricing varies depending on when you use energy during the day, week and season.
Tools to help manage your energy costs
Sign in to your online account to see your energy usage details and a personalized rate analysis. Plus, you can take a Home Energy Checkup to learn how your home uses energy.
The Bill Forecast Alert sends a notification if your bill is expected to exceed an amount you specify. High Usage Alerts will send you a notification when you’re at risk of incurring a surcharge.