New York State Electricity Bills

In this page we compare electricity bills for all 6 utility companies in NY, for a typical electricity user. In the state of New York, each utility has a different billing structure, but the main parts will remain the same: Delivery, Supply and Taxes & Surcharges. The average household uses roughly 500 kWh/month of electricity in NY. We have therefore used this as basis for a typical bill.

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We explain electricity & gas bills with all NY utilities:

Typical Monthly Bill Comparison


More Details: Individual Charges

For more details on the individual charges within the 3 parts, delivery, supply and taxes & surcharges, see the table below.

Charge Central Hudson ConEdison NYSEG National Grid Orange & Rockland RG&E
Delivery (total) 48.66 69.49 32.49 34.42 47.53 37.73
                Basic Service Charge      24      15.76      15.11      16.21      18      21.38
                Delivery Charge      24.82      44.5      16.65      21.03      28.92      17.86
                Billing Charge      0      1.04      0.73      0      1.02      0.95
                Revenue Decoupling Mechanism (RDM)      0.81      1.08      0      -0.65      -0.59      -2.46
                Other      -0.97      7.11      0      -2.17      0.18      0
Supply (total) 30.47 50.66 46.9 29.26 47.23 31.15
                Electricity Supply Charge      25.87      58.28      44.6      25.7      43.31      27.65
                Merchant Function Charge      1.9      2.51      2.3      0.47      3.92      3.5
                Other      2.7      -10.13      0      3.09      0      0
Taxes & Surcharges (total) 5.73 9.54 3.54 6.87 9.31 5.28
        Delivery Taxes            
                Delivery Sales Tax      1.1      1.8      1.07      2.02      1.75      2.1
                Temporary State Assessment Surcharge      1.67      2.38      0.7      1.54      1.84      0.97
                System Benifits Charge      1.64      1.7      1.68      2.1      1.23      1.76
                Renewable Portfolio Charge      1.31      1.15      1.06      1.19      0.01      1.2
                Legacy Transition Charge      0      0      -1.44      -0.88      3.92      -1.71
        Supply Taxes            
                Supply Sales Tax      0.01      2.51      0.47      0.9      0.56      0.96
Total 84.83 129.67 82.92 70.55 104.05 74.16



Basic Service Charge: A charge to cover costs for meter reading, billing, equipment and maintenance. This charge is the same regardless of how much energy is used during the billing period.

Delivery Charge: Charges for bringing electricity from the supplier to the customer's premise, regardless of supplier.

Billing Charge: Charges for issuing the bill to the customer.

Revenue Decoupling Mechanism: Reconciles actual billed delivery service revenues to annual target revenues. Delivery service revenues above target are refunded to customers. Target revenues above actual delivery service revenues are collected from customers. This will tend to be negative in winter, when the electricity prices are high so that the customer pays a little bit less from their bill, and is compensated by being positive in summer, when the electricity prices are lower.


Electricity Supply: The market price of electricity supply used during the billing period. If you choose an alternate supplier, the price will be what you agree upon with that supplier.

Merchant Function Charge: A charge for the Company's cost to procure gas or electricity supply. The Company will not bill you this charge if you choose an alternate supplier.

Taxes & Surcharges:

Sales Tax: In some areas National Grid is required to collect state and local sales taxes. Some school districts also impose taxes.

Temporary/Incremental State Assessment Surcharge: A surcharge collected on behalf of New York State in accordance with Public Service Law, Section 18-a which established the Temporary State Energy and Utility Service Conservation Assessment.

System Benefits Charge (SBC): This type of charge reflects costs associated with mandated public policy programs, such as energy efficiency, education and outreach, research and development, and low-income energy assistance.

Renewable Portfolio Standard/Charge (RPS/RPC): This type of charge reflects costs associated with mandated renewable energy public policy programs.

Legacy Transition Charge: All delivery service customers are billed the cost or benefit of electricity supply contracts the Company entered prior to June 1, 2001. Residential customers also receive the benefit of low cost hydropower and a discount payment from the New York Power Authority


The other charges regroup the charges which are specific to each utility, and for which it is impossible to obtain a precise definition without having a customer account with the company.

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