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What is the NY PUC?

The New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) certifies both electric and natural gas suppliers to ensure the suppliers have met strict requirements for doing business in New York and hosts New York Power to Choose, a tool that consumers can use to compare your energy options.

 

Take a look as your last energy bills and you’ll see it’s made up of two main parts: distribution or delivery charges, and supply charges. The distribution of your energy, be it electricity through power lines or natural gas via pipelines, is a service provided by your local utility company. While you don’t have much control over that part of your bill, you do have control over the supply section. This is usually shown as the price per kilowatt-hour for electricity, or mcf or ccf for natural gas. There are several energy services companies (ESCOs) that compete for your business, ensuring you have competitive options for your energy.

All consumers in New York, from large industrial plants to residential households, have the ability to shop around for their electricity or natural gas supply. Since deregulation in 2002, more than 1.5 million households and almost 500,000 businesses in New York have taken advantage of energy choice by shopping for their electricity or natural gas supply.

How is Choose Energy different than NY Power to Choose?

Choose Energy also enables you to compare energy suppliers, but our easy-to use online marketplace offers additional benefits.

  • Compare and shop all in one place: With ChooseEnergy.com, you can compare plans, see actual rates in real time and make the switch all in one place. With New York Power to Choose, you can compare plans, but that’s about it.
  • Shop only the best plans: There could be hundreds of plans available to you, but how do you know if the rate displayed isn’t just a teaser rate or that it’s worked for others. We don’t show you discounted teaser rates and we give our customers the opportunity to rate their experiences with suppliers, so you can shop smart.

  • Find unique rates you can’t find anywhere else: Thanks to our strong relationships with suppliers, we can even negotiate special rates for our customers.

  • Find the option that fits your lifestyle: Whether it’s saving money, or going green, we make it easy to sort through your options.

  • Get the support you need: Choose Energy provides ongoing support and even notifies you when your plan is about to expire so you can avoid price increases.

NY customers who have already switched

I am a church trustee, and this will save us quite a bit on our utility bill.

Bob, Pittsford, NY

I was just looking through my bills for the past 3 years and I saw charges ranging from 8¢ to 16¢ a kwh which is huge. When I saw this I couldn't believe it and had to do something about it quickly so I switch to a different supplying company with fixed rate of 7.9¢ for a Kw. Thanks!

Emil, Brooklyn, NY

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