What is the SmartRate Summer Pricing Plan?

SmartRate™ is a voluntary Summer Pricing Plan that gives you a new way to save money and gain more control on your summer electric bills. For no more than 15 days — what we call SmartDays™ — we’ll notify you to shift your energy use between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. There’s a higher rate between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on SmartDays, but at all other times during the summer season, from June through September, you’ll pay a discounted rate. How much you save is up to you. It’s really that simple.
Learn more >>

Why should I enroll?

Joining the SmartRate program is easy and gives you an opportunity to save money on your summer electricity bills. You’ll also be helping the environment. Because California tends to experience high temperatures between May and October, the demand for electricity can reach extreme levels. Until now, there were two traditional ways to solve this overflow in demand:

  1. Purchase additional power outside the grid.
    Excess power is often "dirty" power, because it has to be supplied by inefficient power plants that don’t use the same mix of clean-burning fuels available to PG&E.
  2. Add more power plants to the grid.
    Building new power plants to address overflow demand for only a few days a year is an extremely inefficient solution, raising costs for everyone. Even worse, the environmental impact of such an undertaking would be enormous.

Small changes in your routine—such as shifting power-hungry activities to the morning or evening—will help ease the load on California’s power grid, and balance demand for electricity on SmartDays™. These simple adjustments can help minimize the need for "dirty" power from inefficient power plants when demand on the grid is at its limit.
Learn more >>

SmartRate Tips

Knowing what to do on SmartDays is the easiest way to ensure you’ll save money on the Summer Pricing Plan. These tips from SmartRate customers make it easy for you and your whole family. Check back often, we’ll be posting new tips throughout the season.
See the tips and videos >>

SmartDay Calendar

SmartDays are not called on weekends or holidays or for more than three business days in a row. See when SmartDays have been called this season.
View calendar >>

Enroll Today

  • Enroll Today Letter

    Join the SmartRate Summer Pricing Plan to lower your electric bills.

    Follow these easy steps to begin!
    1. Log into My Energy.
    2. Jump down to Shortcuts and click on the Enroll in SmartRate™ link.

Update Your SmartDay Notification Preferences

  • Check Mark

    Customers who are notified one day prior to a SmartDay have the best opportunity to save on their bills because they have time to prepare.

    Receive up to four notifications per household (two by email and two by phone).
    Update now >>

SmartRate Tips

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

  • PG&E Customer Service Representative

    Contact a PG&E Customer Service Representative
    at 1-866-743-0263 or
    contact us.
  • Best Results eBook: Question
  • Financing Guide
  • Energy Upgrade California