New York Electricity


Utilities in New York

The state of New York is served by six large investor owned utilities, one large municipal utility, and many smaller utilities. If you live in the state of New York, chances are your local electrical poles and wires are owned by one of seven large electric utilities.

Consolidated Edison, or ConEd, is geographically the smallest of the investor owned utilities in New York, but it does serve the largest number of customers. ConEd provides service to the city of New York and most of Westchester county.

Orange and Rockland Utilities, or ORU, serves a small area of the state of New York where the borders of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania meet. ORU is called Rockland Electric Company in New Jersey and Pike County Light and Power in Pennsylvania. It is owned by the same parent as ConEd.

Central Hudson Gas and Electric provides electricity to the Hudson Valley just north of Westchester County.

Rochester Gas & Electric provides electricity to the city of Rochester. Additionally, its service territory meanders south west from Rochester all the way to the Pennsylvania border.

Long Island Power Authority, or LIPA, is a non-profit municipal electric provider who owns the retail electric transmission and distribution system on Long Island. LIPA is the 2nd largest municipal utility in the nation.

The two remaining utilities, New York State Electric and Gas, or NYSEG, and National Grid, or NGrid, split the rest of the state with their territories. NGrid tends to cover the more northern part of the state, while NYSEG tends to cover the more southern part of the state. NGrid is also known as Niagara Mohawk, or NiMo.

New York Electric Stats

U.S. of Energy: New York

  • New York produces more hydroelectric power than any other state east of the Rocky Mountains
  • Per capita energy consumption in New York is among the lowest in the Nation due in part to its widely used mass transportation systems
  • More NY Electricity Facts

Quick Facts about NY electricity

  • In 2010, New York was the eighth largest energy consumer in the United States, but, due in part to its widely used mass transportation systems, it had the second lowest energy consumption per capita after Rhode Island.
  • The 2,353-megawatt Robert Moses Niagara hydroelectric power plant was the fourth largest hydroelectric power plant in the United States in 2010 and, in 2011, New York produced more hydroelectric power than any other State east of the Rocky Mountains.
  • New York's Renewable Portfolio Standard requires that 30 percent of electricity come from renewable energy resources by 2015; in 2011, 24 percent of electricity came from renewable energy resources.
  • In 2011, New York had the fourth highest average electricity prices in the United States.

NY, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy Consumption per Capita: 50th in U.S.
Total Production of Energy 22th in U.S.
Crude Oil Production 26th in U.S.
Natural Gas 22nd in U.S.
Electricity 24th in U.S.
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 37th in U.S.
Natural Gas Prices 15th in U.S.
Electricity Prices 4th in U.S.

Latest PSC News & Press Releases

Power2Switch tracks the latest news and press releases available from the New York PSC, and other sources that affect electricity and electricity consumers in New York. We shall include an ongoing summary of the latest news and PR below, and will comment on developments in the New York electricity market on our blog. All blog articles related to New York can be found here.

Distributed Generation Projects Gain Further Support. State Public Service Commission (Commission) today made it easier to install distributed generation equipment in homes and businesses, including those that use renewable energy, to generate electricity. The Commission ordered an expansion of an expedited review process for interconnection of distributed generation to include inverter-based systems that can feed into a commercial electrical grid with a capacity up to 300 kW.

Three Year Rate Plan Approved: Electric and Gas Rates to Drop in 2013 The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today adopted a Joint Proposal for a three-year rate plan for National Grid electric and natural gas service. The new rate plan will be in effect from April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2016. For electricity customers of National Grid, total electric delivery charges will decrease by 8.7 percent in the first year, and increase 2.8 percent in the second and third years. Meanwhile, base electric delivery revenues for the company would increase by $43.39 million in the first year, $51.36 million in the second year and $28.34 million in the third year.

Company's Eligibility To Do Business in NY Under Scrutiny State Public Service Commission (Commission) today directed Liberty Power Holding LLC. (Liberty Power) to demonstrate why the Commission should not revoke the company's eligibility to offer services as an energy services company in New York State as a result of the company's pattern of marketing abuse and numerous customer complaints.


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