In New York, energy service companies, or ESCOs, compete with each other and the utility company to offer electricity consumers the lowest rates and best energy plan options. This can seem confusing at first but gives you the opportunity to make your own choices about your energy supply. Let’s get started:
What is an ESCO and how is it different from my utility company?
An ESCO, or an energy service company, is an independent electricity provider. Consumers can choose to purchase electricity from an ESCO if they prefer its plan options or energy rates. These companies only sell energy – the utility company remains in charge of delivery and power lines.
A utility company is assigned to a specific service area and manages energy delivery and maintenance in that area. This is the company you are automatically enrolled with if you do not choose an ESCO.
What energy service companies are available in my area?
There are many ESCOs to choose from in New York, including Constellation, Public Power, and Clearview Energy. Choose Energy has relationships with top energy providers across the country so we can offer you the best selection of rates and plans for your home or business. To learn more about what these ESCOs and others are offering in your area, enter your ZIP code above.
What is my rate to compare?
A rate to compare, also called a price to compare, is what you will pay if you choose to stay with your utility company for your electric service. It is listed in cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) on your last bill. This allows you to better compare offers from ESCOs to see if they are offering lower rates than your utility company does.