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Utility Companies in New York State

All information about electricity and gas utility companies in New York State can be found here.

Electricity and Natural Gas Utilities in New York

Choose your utility company below for contact information, help with your bill, rates & tariffs, as well as practical information on signing up, and help when moving in or out of the area.

New York State Utilities Energy Provided
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Electricity & Natural Gas
ConEdison Electricity & Natural Gas
National Fuel Natural Gas only
National Grid Electricity & Natural Gas
New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) Electricity & Natural Gas
Orange and Rockland Utilities Electricity & Natural Gas
PSEG Long Island Electricity only
Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) Electricity & Natural Gas

What is an Electric or Gas Utility?

Based on where you live, your public utility is your historical provider of electricity and/or natural gas. This means you automatically get energy from your local utility company.

Click on one of the links above for more information on your utility.

Alternate Providers

Beginning in the 1990s, American states began to open their energy markets to competition. Since 1998, New York electricity and natural gas supply has been open to competition. This means New York residents can stick with their local utility - or choose an alternate Energy Supply Company (ESCO) and potentially save.

How Are My Costs Affected?

Delivery Costs

After making the switch to an ESCO, your local utility is still in charge of all your delivery service, which includes getting energy to your home and maintaining infrastructure. Delivery costs cover:

  • Transmission
  • Distribution

Costs associated with maintaining and building infrastructure are also included on this section of your bill.

For electricity, transmission involves getting energy from power plants, and delivering it to substations where electricity is stepped down in voltage. For natural gas transmission includes getting gas from the pipeline company, after it has been processed, to your local utility.

After transmission, energy is distributed to your home, the second cost included in delivery charges. This is when natural gas travels from the utility to the consumer in narrow underground pipelines, and electricity travels across overhead power lines.

If you have a power outage, or are having trouble reading your meter, you will still always call your local utility.

Supply Costs

Alternate suppliers take care of your energy supply, which includes the actual cost of energy you consume, customer service charges, and administrative costs.

No matter whether you decide to stick with your local utility, or you switch to an alternative supplier, your local utility will always be in charge of delivering energy to your home.

Pros & Cons of Utilities

Pros
Regulated by the Public Service Commission
  • Every change to your public utility's rates must be approved by the government
  • Shields residents from spikes in prices
Contracts usually not required
Long-term expertise
Cons
Often do not offer fixed rate contracts
Usually do not offer green energy options