Time-of-Use Plans

On the Time-of-Use rate plans, the price of electricity changes by time of day. These rates (compared to our standard Tiered Rate Plan) are best for customers who can be more flexible about when they are using the most energy in a day. There are three Time-of-Use rate plans available to you: E6, ETOU-A and ETOU-B.

Time-of-Use Plan (E6) 

The current residential Time-of-Use rate (E6) is closing to new customers not enrolled by May 30, 2016. All customers enrolled in the E6 rate plan as of May 30, 2016 will be able to remain on the rate through 2022.*

Save by shifting daily usage to low demand times.

With Time-of-Use (E6), you still need to conserve energy throughout the month to avoid and react to higher priced tiers, but the price you pay also varies throughout the time of day and season. Because this is a multiple-tiered TOU rate, it is also likely to be best if your total electricity use during the month is low. This works great if you can use air conditioning and major appliances in the morning or late evening (after 7 p.m.) from May through October.
Rates are lowest in the morning, late evening and weekends from May through October, and at all times outside 5-8 p.m. on weekdays from November through April. The graphic below shows Time-of-Use pricing for a customer who stays in the lower priced tier over one year. See the next section to understand Time-of-Use and Tiers.

The E6 rate plan is likely to be the best option if your total electricity use during the month is low. This rate is not likely to be the best option for you if you have a high total monthly usage that goes into the higher priced tiers.

On weekdays, rates are highest from 1 PM to 7 PM. On weekends rates are lowest at all times except from 5 PM to 8 PM, when they are medium; and on holidays rates are lowest all day.
On weekdays, rates are lowest at all times except from 5 PM to 8 PM, when they are medium; and on weekends and holidays rates are lowest all day.

PLEASE NOTE: Pricing is rounded and subject to change. View Current Pricing »

Time-of-Use and Tiers

Like the Tiered Rate Plan, as you use the electricity allotments in each tier, you move to the next tier and higher price.
This means pricing varies based on the time of the day and the usage tier you've reached. To save, avoid both higher price times and conserve total usage over your bill period.

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Tier Information table
Tier 1: During each monthly billing period, each household’s energy consumption begins at the lowest rate. Tiers are set with a certain amount of energy allocated to it and then you move on to higher priced tiers.

Tier 2: Costs more than Tier 1 – about $0.04 more per kilowatt of electricity used.

Tier 3: Costs about $0.10 more per kilowatt than Tier 1.

Tier 4: This is the most expensive tier and is almost double the price of your Tier 1 electric costs.

Time-of-UseTier 1Tier 2Tier 3Tier 4 None
MAY - OCTOBER   (+4.2¢) (+6.0¢) (+7.8¢)  
  Peak 34.2 38.4 44.4 52.2  
  Partial-Peak 22.6 26.9 32.9 40.7  
  Off-Peak 15.0 19.2 25.2 33.0  
NOVEMBER - APRIL        
  Partial-Peak 17.1 21.3 27.4 35.2  
  Off-Peak 15.4 19.7 25.7 33.5  
Tiered Rate Plan          
YEAR ROUND 18.2 22.5 28.6 36.4  

E6 Rate Closure  

Recently, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved new rate structures with the goal to more closely align electricity prices with the true cost of providing service. As a part of these changes, the residential E6 rate plan is closing to new customers. Customers who would like to enroll in the E6 rate plan must do so by May 30, 2016. All customers enrolled in the E6 rate plan as of May 30, 2016 will be able to remain on the rate through 2022.*

*In addition to closing the E6 rate plan to new customers who are not enrolled by May 30, 2016, the CPUC ordered that E6 eventually be phased out. Customers may remain on E6 only through 2022. Through 2020, the terms of E6 will remain the same, with a two-year transition to a 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. peak period by 2022. Please note, if you move your service, you will not be eligible to remain on the E6 Rate Plan.

Time-of-Use Rate Plan 3-8 p.m. (ETOU-A) 

This rate plan is likely the best option if you don't use much energy and can be flexible about when you use it. If you can reduce your usage from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and keep you total monthly usage low, this rate plan may be best for you.

What You Should Know About This Plan

  • Prices are highest during peak periods, which are all non-holiday weekdays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.**
  • Prices could be up to 25% lower during off-peak periods, which include all other hours.
  • Recommended for lower use customers who can be flexible with their energy use and shift some energy use away from peak hours to lower-priced times of day.
  • This rate includes a baseline credit which provides residential customers an incentive to conserve energy by keeping their usage low. Customers will receive a credit per kWh for all usage up to the amount of their baseline allowance for the billing period. Determine Your Baseline Allowance »

The charts below show how the rate works for the Time-of-Use Rate Plan 3-8 p.m. (ETOU-A):
On weekdays, rates are lowest at all times except from 3 PM to 8 PM, when they are high; and on weekends and holidays rates are lowest all day.
On weekdays, rates are lowest at all times except from 3 PM to 8 PM, when they are high; and on weekends and holidays rates are lowest all day.

PLEASE NOTE: Pricing is approximate and varies by season. View Current Pricing »

Time-of-Use Rate Plan 4-9 p.m. (ETOU-B) 

This rate plan is likely the best option if you tend to use a high amount of energy, but can be flexible about when you use it. If you can reduce your usage from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and have a high total monthly usage, this rate plan may be best for you.

What You Should Know About This Plan

  • Prices are highest during peak periods, which are all non-holiday weekdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Prices could be 10-30% lower during off-peak periods, which include all other hours.
  • This is an untiered rate plan and is recommended for customers who use more energy but can be flexible and shift some energy use away from peak hours to lower-priced times of day.

The charts below show how the rate works for the Time-of-Use Rate Plan 4-9 p.m. (ETOU-B):
On weekdays, rates are lowest at all times except from 4 PM to 9 PM, when they are high; and on weekends and holidays rates are lowest all day.
On weekdays, rates are lowest at all times except from 4 PM to 9 PM, when they are high; and on weekends and holidays rates are lowest all day.

PLEASE NOTE: Pricing is approximate and varies by season. View Current Pricing »

To explore your rate plans, you can visit your online account to review your best rate options based on your historical usage and enroll at pge.com/myrateanalysis, or call 1-800-743-0514 to speak with a PG&E customer service representative. If you are a Solar/Net Energy Metering customer, please call 1-877-743-4112 to see what rates you are eligible for, compare savings, and select a new rate.

**By January 1, 2020, customers on the Time-of-Use 3-8 p.m. rate plan will be moved to a 4-9 p.m. peak period.

SmartRate Add-on

SmartRate™ Add-on

Available with the Tiered and Time-of-Use Base Plan, the SmartRate™ Add-on discounts your summer rate in exchange for a higher rate, 2-7 p.m., on up to 15 SmartDays, May through October.
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