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Sep 06

Peninsula cities transitioning to residential electric time-of-use rate

Posted on September 6, 2021 at 5:16 pm by Clay Curtin

On Sept. 1, 2021, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) began transitioning residential electric customers in San Mateo County to the Time-of-Use (Peak Pricing 4–9 p.m. Daily) rate plan. This rate features lower prices for electricity for 19 hours a day and higher prices from 4–9 p.m., every day, seven days a week. The prices are lower when demand is lower and renewable energy is more readily available. Customers on this Time-of-Use rate plan are encouraged to shift and reduce usage during the peak demand time between 4–9 p.m. each day. 

As part of a multi-year, statewide effort to create a cleaner energy future for California, PG&E is transitioning approximately 2.5 million eligible residential electric customers to a Time-of-Use rate plan between April 2021 and March 2022. The State of California is requiring all investor-owned utilities to automatically transition eligible customers to the Time-of-Use rate plan. The plan supports the use of cleaner energy sources and reflects California’s focus on combating climate change. It encourages customers to shift electricity usage to off-peak hours of the day when demand is lower and renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, are more plentiful. Learn more about the transition to Time-of-Use at

Customers can choose another rate plan at any time. Customers can choose to try out the Time-of-Use rate or select another rate plan, including their current tiered rate plan, at any time. Customers who automatically transition to this Time-of-Use rate plan will automatically receive risk-free bill protection for the first 12 months. To view a customized rate plan comparison, customers can visit their account online at