Rates & Tariffs for Orange & Rockland in New York State

The Orange & Rockland pricing, rates & tariffs represent the different charges that are paid on your bill. These charges evolve on a regular basis, and their value can be verified on the Orange & Rockland official website, or on the website of the New York State Public Service Commission. Here we show these rates & tariffs, and make bill estimations for typical users.

Typical Rates & Tariffs

Service Classification SC1

Each different type of customer (residential, commercial or industrial) will be assigned to a different type of service classification. Different types of usages will also help define the Service Classification (time of use plans for example). Most residential customers are put in the SC1 service classification. We have therefore used the SC1 rates & tariffs in this example to make typical bill estimations.

Bill Estimation per House Size

Your electricity consumption will depend on the size of your home, and the number of people living there. Here we have made estimations on your monthly usage for different home sizes, and estimated your monthly electricity bill.

Number people in the house Monthly electricity consumption of the house (kWh) (EIA - 2009 data) Monthly bill ($) (January 2015 data) 
1 419 117
2 672 175
3 764 196
4 861 218
5 954 239
6 or more 1044 259
New York State average 548 147

Bill for a typical 548 kWh usage

Your bill will be approximately 147$/month with Orange & Rockland, based on the New York State average electricity usage per month of 548 kWh.

Compared to other utilities in New York State, Orange & Rockland is quite expensive:

Utility Company Bill estimation for 548 kWh/month average NY usage (January 2015 data)
Central Hudson 118
ConEdison 164
National Grid 92
Orange & Rockland 147
PSEG Long Island 134
RG&E 87

Detailed explanation of each charge

In the state of NY, the electricity usage in a typical household is approximately 548 kWh. Here is an detailed list of the rates & tariffs you will find in your Orange & Rockland bill:

Rate Pro rata price ($/kWh) (January 2015 data) Total price for 548 kWh typical usage ($)
Delivery rates    
Basic service charge - 20
Delivery service charge 0.064 35.18
Billing charge - 1.02
Revenue decoupling mechanism -0.00052 -0.28
Delivery tariffs (state surcharges)    
Temporary state assessment surcharge 0.0029 1.57
System benefits charge 0.0046 2.51
Renewable portfolio standard 0.0034 1.85
Energy cost adjustment -0.0015 -0.80
Transition charge for competitive services 0.00056 0.31
Taxes (delivery) 7% 4.29
     Total electric delivery charge   65.64
Supply rates    
Market price charge (Dec 15, 2014 value) 0.1197 65.61
Merchant function charge 0.0088 4.80
Merchant supply charge adjustment 0.0098 5.38
Supply tariffs (state surcharges)    
Taxes (supply) 7% 5.31
     Total electric supply charge   81.09
          Total electric charge   146.73

Distribution of rates & tariffs for delivery and supply

For the typical charges just described in the table above, here is a donut chart of the distribution of the utility rates and tariffs (for the delivery and supply portions of the bill).




Description of Rates

Rates / Orange & Rockland charges: rates are set by the utility company, Orange & Rockland in this case. You are billed by Orange & Rockland for the delivery, and the supply of electricity (if you haven't chosen an alternate retail energy supplier), and for related adjustment charges. These delivery and supply charges are divided between electric and gas rates.

Delivery Rates:

Delivery rates are the charges per kWh which pay for the transportation of the electricity or gas from the source of the point of generation (power plants) to your home.

Delivery rates

  • Basic Service Charge: this is a monthly fixed charge. It does not depend on how much electricity you consume each month. This charge pays for fixed maintenance costs, such as the maintenance of the grid, or sending a technician to read your meter monthly, for example.
  • Delivery Service Charge: This charge is billed in $/kWh: it is proportional to your electricity usage, like most other charges and state surcharges. This charge pays for the delivery of the electricity along the grid, through the transmission and distribution lines, from the point of generation to your home.
  • Billing charge: this charge pays for producing and sending you your bill, as well as processing your monthly payment.
  • Revenue Decoupling Mechanism (RDM): Orange & Rockland and most other New York State electricity & gas utilities make yearly previsions on the revenues from the delivery service. If the targets for these delivery revenues are reached, the extra is repaid to the customer, and if the targets are not reached, the default is paid by the customers. 

Supply Rates:

Supply rates are the charges per kWh which pay for the price of the actual electricity or gas you use in your home. These will change if you switch to an alternate supplier.

  • Market Price Supply Charge: This is the only charge that pays for the purchase of the electricity itself, from the electricity production companies. It is the price at which the electricity is offered on the market.
  • Merchant Function Charges (MFC): this is a charge for Orange & Rockland's cost to procure the electricity (paying for the employees who buy the electricity at the best price for example). Orange & Rockland will not bill you this charge either if you choose an alternate supplier.

For more information on the rates & tariffs that appear on your bill, and how to understand them, read our page Understanding your bill with Orange & Rockland.


Description of Tariffs

Tariffs / State surcharges: state surcharges are state mandated. They are what the state charges you. The Public Service Commission (PSC) has utility tariffs for Electric, Gas, Water, and Telecommunication companies which have a professional activity in New York State. They include the sales tax and the gross revenue tax in applicable, as well as charges which pay programs such as energy efficiency, renewable energy incentives, and other funds.

  • New York State Assessment (NYSA): also called the Temporary State Assessment Surcharge (TSAS), this is a state-mandated charge which pays for the requirements in Section 18-a of the Public Service Law: energy conservation and utility service conservation.
  • System Benefits Charge (SBC): incentivizes energy efficiency.
  • Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS): this tariff incentivizes renewable energy goals set by the state of New York.
  • Energy Cost Adjustment: this pays for O&R's past agreements to purchase electricity & gas from non-utility sources of energy (such as IPPs, Independent Power Producers), and other purchase agreements that ensure service reliability.
  • Transition charge for competitive services: this state surcharge exists to help the transition from a state regulated market to a liberalized market. It pays for making the electricity industry more competitive. It also includes other associated charges or credits.

More information on Tariffs / State Surcharges on the following page: New York State Surcharges.

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