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New York Power to Choose

New York Public Utility Commission

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What is the New York Public Service Commission?

The New York Public Service Commission, part of the Department of Public Service, oversees the state’s energy utilities and various Energy Service Companies (ESCOs). The agency regulates New York’s electric, natural gas, steam, water, and telecommunications industries.

Established in 1907, the New York Public Service Commission serves the nearly 20 million people who live in the state, including the areas of New York City, Rochester, Albany, and the Hudson Valley.

The New York Public Service Commission runs an online service called New York Power to Choose, which allows energy customers to view current and historic electric rates in their area.

How is Choose Energy different from the New York Public Service Commission?

Choose Energy aims to demystify the energy industry and connect our customers with great energy plans at affordable rates. Our marketplace is a one-stop-shop that allows you to view and compare a variety of electricity plans, providers, and rates – at absolutely no cost to you. In addition to traditional electric plans, you can also evaluate green energy options through Choose Energy. Simply enter your ZIP code above to see what’s available in your area.

We work with trusted electric providers to bring you reliable energy plans at competitive rates. In New York, these ESCOs include Constellation, Public Power, and Verde Energy. Our energy experts are available by phone to walk you through the process of evaluating different ESCOs in your area and comparing their rates.

With Choose Energy, you can shop around and lock in unique rates for an electricity plan, including no-deposit electricity plans. If you discover a price that’s lower than your current one, you can use Choose Energy to switch ESCOs. With the commission’s New York Power to Choose, you can see how rates have changed over time and find contact details for ESCOs, but you can’t purchase directly through the site.

Contact the New York Public Service Commission

To report complaints or ask questions about providers, contact the New York Public Service Commission these ways:

If you have a power outage at your property or want to file a complaint about your service, you should first try to contact your utility, rather than the commission or your ESCO. In New York, utilities include Central Hudson Gas & Electric, National Grid New YorkConsolidated Edison Co. (Con-Ed), and Rochester Gas & Electric.

Updated: 7/29/2020