Many people are confused about the notices they’ve received from Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) asking them to consider moving to a time-of-use rate plan by August 18. If they don’t make a decision, they will automatically be enrolled in the time-of-use Peak Pricing Plan that increases the cost of energy between 4 and 9 p.m. every day.

To find out what’s involved, come to the Citizens Environmental Council’s next program on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27, called “Why Do I Need a New PG&E Plan?” It will feature Leslie Brown, Director of Account Services for Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE). She will explain who is eligible for the transition, the bill guarantee for the first year after transitioning and what your options are if you don’t want to switch to a time-of-use rate plan. There will be plenty of time for questions.

This program is free, but pre-registration is required at

PCE and PG&E are charged with moving about 200,000 residential electric customers currently on a tiered rate plan to a time-of-use rate plan in September.

This move is due to a statewide policy that’s been in the works for almost a decade to help create cleaner energy. PCE will still use the same rate plans for electricity generation as PG&E at a 5 percent saving over PG&E’s rates. For more information, visit this page on the PG&E website and read this PCE press release.