PGE offers an alternate rate structure for those who want to control their energy bills. The Time of Use rate differs by time of day, day of week and season.
PGE system prices and therefore Time of Use prices are higher when the demand for energy is highest. Typical peak hours are during weekday mornings and evenings. During low demand hours — overnight and on weekends — system prices are lower — and so are Time of Use rates during this time period.
Customers who will benefit most from this option are those who can significantly shift their energy use from on- and mid-peak hours to off-peak hours. If you cannot significantly shift your usage, you may not save money and may pay more than on the Basic Service rate.
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Understand Time of Use and how it may affect your bill:
You receive a guarantee for the first year that you will receive a credit at the end of your 12-month period if your energy cost exceeds by 10 percent what it would have been under the Basic Service rate.
- Your electricity price equals your actual usage billed according to rates based on on-, off- and mid-peak usage periods
- These energy charges do not reflect your total bill, which includes other charges that apply to every PGE customer, such as basic charge, distribution and supplemental adjustments.
- Prices cannot be changed without PUC approval.
- You are required to enroll in Time of Use for a minimum of one year in order to receive the guarantee.
- PGE must be able to have hands-on access to your meter. This means providing entry through locked gates or doors and keeping the area around the meter free of debris, hazards and pets.
Electric vehicle owners
Do you own, or are you considering, an electric vehicle? Do you plan to charge it up at night? If adding an electric vehicle significantly changes your home electricity use, you may be able to save money by choosing our Time of Use rate plan.
To choose Time of Use pricing, fill out our online enrollment form.
Time of Use power supply mix
Your supplier has bought or plans to buy power or unique claims on the electricity produced from these types of power plants. The portion supplied by PGE is based on recent utility production and purchases. (May not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.) Figures represent 2011 data.
The 2011 Supply Mix Graph includes “Renewable Energy Credits” or “green tags” associated with the eligible renewable energy (wind, biomass and some hydro) that may be saved or used to comply with Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.
Environmental impact comparison
This Oregon Department of Energy chart compares pollutants per kilowatt-hour in the PGE Basic Service power mix with that of other Northwest utilities.
Nuclear fuel wastes contain the most radioactive and long-lived waste formed during operation of nuclear power plants. These wastes are stored at nuclear power reactor sites. The United States has no permanent disposal site for these wastes.
Carbon dioxide is a major contributor to global climate change. Among the likely impacts for Oregon are less mountain snow pack and less water available in summer, higher sea levels, and threats to forests, crops, and fish and wildlife habitat. Coal and natural gas are the main sources of carbon dioxide from power generation.
Nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide are air pollutants that affect human health, plants, fish and wildlife. Nitrogen oxides contribute to smog. Coal is the main source of these pollutants from power generation. Natural gas plants produce nitrogen oxides.
Some hydropower dams contribute to the decline of salmon and other fish and wildlife populations.