Maximize your savings with time-of-use rates

Time-of-use rate plans can help you save money because they offer lower energy rates when energy demand is low. Conversely, rates increase when demand is high. You can reduce your expenses by shifting your energy use to partial-peak or off-peak hours of the day, when rates are lower.

Because the growth in renewable energy has shifted peak demand time from afternoons to evenings, peak hours are changing.

New peak hours: 4-9 p.m. every day, starting March 2021

Current peak hours: Noon-6 p.m.

We re building a more sustainable future

New commercial rate plans have a new super off-peak period, when prices will be at their lowest, during spring months.

  • 9 a.m.–2 p.m. every day, from March through May

There are also partial-peak periods during summer months only. Now the summer rates last for just four months, instead of six.

  • 2-4 p.m. and 9-11 p.m. every day, June through September

Additionally, a Business Low Use Alternative rate plan is available for businesses who have some flexibility to adjust their energy use throughout the day. This rate option does not have a partial-peak period.

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New peak hours: 5-8 p.m. every day, starting March 2021 (for most customers)

Current peak hours: Noon-6 p.m.

We re building a more sustainable future

Agriculture rate plans feature a June through September summer season, with no super off-peak or partial-peak periods.

There are also three pre-defined flex rate options available if you can limit your operating hours to certain days of the week.

  • Option 1: Off-peak days are Wednesday and Thursday
  • Option 2: Off-peak days are Saturday and Sunday
  • Option 3: Off-peak days are Monday and Friday

PG&E offers two electric vehicle rate plans for business customers with on-site EV charging. These rates are specifically designed for customers with separately metered EV charging at locations such as workplaces, multi-unit dwellings, and retail as well as sites with fleets and fast charging stations.

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Business EV rate plans have a peak period designed to reduce usage on the electric grid when demand is highest.

  • 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. every day, year-round

There are partial-peak periods for part of the afternoon and a large portion of the evening and morning hours.

  • 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. - 9 a.m. every day, year-round

There is also an even more affordable super off-peak period when prices will be at their lowest.

  • 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. every day, year-round

These time-of-use periods support California's renewable initiatives to promote energy usage when solar energy is most plentiful.

To learn more, visit Business EV rate plans.

Ready to get started now?

If you look at the new rate plans and see one that fits your business, you can enroll early.

  • Commercial customers can enroll beginning in November 2019.
  • Agriculture customers: New rate plans are expected to be available for voluntary enrollment in March 2020.

Commercial customers: Visit your online account where you can get full details on all your rate plan options.

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Supporting the state's ongoing commitment to clean energy

California is working towards creating a cleaner and more reliable energy grid by encouraging energy usage when demand is lower and renewable energy is more plentiful—while balancing the need to keep customer rates affordable.

Time-of-use rate plans are one of the best ways to do this. That’s why they’ve been adopted by most electricity providers in the state. Most business customers across California have already been on time-of-use rate plans for several years.

With a time-of-use rate plan, the cost of electricity varies based on the time of day and season in which it is used.

PG&E does not make more money as a result of changes in the time-of-use hours. In fact, PG&E does not make more money when our customers use more gas or electricity. The amount of money PG&E makes is subject to regulation by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

We have several rate options to choose from — and tools to help you save

PG&E offers a variety of rate plans, so you can select the option that best fits your business needs. We also have an array of tools you can use to get the most value out of the new rate plans and save energy and money.

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Online Rate Analysis

See what's available and how the different rate plans work. View your personalized rate analysis and decide what rate plan would be the best rate plan for your business.

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Cost and Usage Tools

Understand how you’re using energy and find ways to save.

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Business Energy Savings Tool

Track your energy use, get energy-saving ideas and create an Energy Savings Plan.

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Bill Forecast Alerts

Stay on top of monthly energy bills and avoid bill surprises.

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Low-cost and No-cost Energy-saving Tips

Find ways to save with very little out-of-pocket expense.