The New York electricity market has been deregulated since 1998, which means that while natural gas customers must still purchase energy from the area utility company, electricity customers have the power to choose. This allows residents and businesses to search for cheaper electric rates and plan options that work for their needs. If you are new to the system, see below for links to some of our most helpful guides and an explanation of the plans you can consider.
What is my rate to compare for RG&E?
Your rate to compare is based on the utility area you live in and comes from your utility company’s Standard Offer Service (SOS), which is what you’ll receive if you do not sign up with an ESCO. It is also called a “price to compare” and represents how much RG&E charges per kilowatt hour. When you compare ESCOs, you can see if switching will get you a lower rate.
Which ESCOs operate in the Rochester Gas & Electric area?
The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) is responsible for licensing ESCOs in the state, and there are many to choose from. Choose Energy partners with the top names in the business to make sure you see the best options when shopping. In New York, Constellation, Public Power, and Clearview Energy are just a few of the ESCOs available to you. To see their rates and plans in your area, enter your ZIP code above.
What is a utility company and what is an ESCO?
A utility company, such as RG&E, is responsible for selling and delivering energy to consumers as well as maintaining power infrastructure. ESCOs, meanwhile, only sell energy to consumers – often at lower rates than the utility. In deregulated areas, residents and businesses can choose to purchase from an ESCO or stay with the area’s utility company. Either way, the utility company will still deliver your electricity.