Save money by shifting daily use to low-demand times

On the Time-of-Use rate plans, the price of electricity depends on the time of day. These rates (compared to our 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 two Time-of-Use rate plan options available to you: ETOU-A and ETOU-B.

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

This rate plan is best 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 your 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 percent 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 with 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. Find Current Pricing (PDF, 80 KB)
*On January 1, 2020, the peak period hours on the Time-of-Use 3-8 p.m. (E-TOU-A) rate plan will shift one hour later in the day, to a 4-9 p.m. peak period.



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

This rate plan is best 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 about 10 to 30 percent lower during off-peak periods (depending on the season), which include all other hours.
  • 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 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. Find Current Pricing (PDF, 80 KB)


Visit your online account to review your best rate options based on your historical usage and enroll at either pge.com/myrateanalysis or by speaking with a PG&E customer service representative at 1-800-743-0514. 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.


Time-of-Use Plan (E6) – Closed May 31, 2016

The current residential Time-of-Use rate (E6) closed 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

Costs are lowest on weekdays from May to October from Midnight to 10 AM; highest from 1 PM to 7 PM; and medium at other times

With Time-of-Use (E6), you still need to conserve energy throughout the month to avoid higher priced tiers, but the price you pay also varies by 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.) during the summer.


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.


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. Find Current Pricing (PDF, 76 KB)
**In addition to closing the E6 rate plan to new customers who were not enrolled as of 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 to a new address, you will not be eligible to remain on the E6 Rate Plan.



Tiered Rate Plan (E1)

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 – October 31 and winter runs November 1 - 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.

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.

Time-of-Use: May - October

Tier 1Tier 2
Peak

35.9

43.6

Partial-Peak

24.4

32.0

Off-Peak

16.7

24.4

Time-of-Use: November - April

Tier 1Tier 2
Partial-Peak

18.8

26.5

Off-Peak

17.2

24.8

Tiered Rate Plan

Tier 1Tier 2High Usage Surcharge
YEAR ROUND

20.0

27.6

40.1

SmartRate™ Add-on

Save with the SmartRate™ Add-on

The SmartRate Add-on is available with the Tiered Plan and Time-of-Use (TOU) Base Plan. The Add-on discounts your summer rate in exchange for a higher rate from 2 to 7 p.m., on up to 15 SmartDays, from May through October. Find out more about the SmartRate Add-on.

Determine your best plan with a rate analysis

Analyze your usage pattern against the various rate options and learn which rate plan is best for you based on how you use energy. Log in to your account to get started.