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Electric Companies in New York City

New York energy deregulation began in 1999 with the founding of the New York Independent System Operator, NYISO. This organization is responsible for managing New York’s electric grid as well as the competitive marketplace. NYISO provides data and analysis pertaining to New York’s power system to ensure reliability and transparency.

The deregulated market opened energy supplier up to competition- forcing them to be more efficient as it relates to both service and price. New York City businesses of all sizes can compare energy plans from top energy suppliers and shop for the best available rates, taking advantage of the competitive market and managing their monthly electricity costs.

What is the PSC?

The PSC, or Public Service Commission of New York State, provides a variety of services to protect and assist utility customers. This includes service quality, competition, and metering for electricity. The PSC was created to assure the residents of New York State have adequate, efficient, reliable, and safe public utility services at a fair price.

In doing so, the PSC impacts every business in New York City – as it regulates all providers of utility services, including electric and natural gas companies, local and long-distance telephone companies, water companies, and steam generators. The PSC is responsible for ensuring that the utility companies regulated by the PSC are responsive to the needs and concerns of individual consumers and to the public.

As a New York business owner, it is important to understand that the PSC is also synonymous with the “NYS Power to Choose” energy comparison charts.

What is the difference between a Utility and an Energy Provider?

Utilities are the entities in charge of the operation and maintenance of the energy infrastructure, like wires and towers. The local utility in New York City is Consolidated Edison and is responsible for transporting electricity from the generators to residential homes and businesses in this specific region.

Energy providers in New York, like Direct Energy and Frontier Energy are the competitive energy retailers. Each energy provider buys energy from the wholesale market (the generators) and then re-sells it to consumers (homeowners, renters, and businesses).

In most cases, the consumer, the homeowner, renter, or business, signs a contract with an energy provider for a specific energy plan. The basic energy plan details the rate class, the energy rate per kWh, the contract term length (6, 12, 24, 36 months), and other contract terms like cancellation fee policy.

What is energy choice?

Energy choice, also known as energy market deregulation, allows New York City business owners to select their energy supplier. New York City has been a deregulated market since May 1998.

Business Electricity in New York City

Energy spend can be a significant line item on your businesses operating budget. In addition to investing in energy efficiency you can save money on your energy bills by shopping business energy suppliers and finding the lowest rate possible.

Energy pricing vary greatly based on how much energy your business uses, market conditions, and numerous other factors. It can get complex quickly.

You can quickly search energy rates for your business here. Our system combines market data and your business energy usage to find you the lowest rate possible.

New York Energy Data

Last updated October 2021

  • The average New York commercial electricity rate is 18.36 ¢/kWh (58% higher than the national average).
  • The average New York residential electricity rate is 19.6 ¢/kWh (41% higher than the national average).
Source: New York energy data from The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Switch Electricity Providers in New York

Finding a new electricity provider in New York is simple with EnergyBot. Follow these simple steps to get the lowest electricity rate in New York.

Step 1: Shop New York electric companies and prices

Enter your zip code at the top of this page and you can quickly see plans from the top New York electric companies. For even better pricing use our data linking tool to pull in your historic usage from your utility.

Step 2: Review the plan details

Energy plans often have long confusing contracts. We don't like teaser rates and tricky terms, so we filter out the plans that trick customers into bill spikes. Each plan you see on our site has plan details. This breaks down the most important information about the plan into a way that is easy to understand.

Step 3: Confirm the switch to a new energy provider

Once you have decided on a new energy plan for your home business just follow the prompts to confirm. Once you're done, we give you dashboard to see the status of your contract.

Types of Energy Plans offered in New York

New York energy providers offer rates and plans with a range of options and terms. While you will see many types of plans for the most part they are in two categories: fixed-rate and variable rate.

Fixed-Rate Electricity Plans in New York

Fixed-rate plans will have a set price for the term of the contract. Regardless of weather, natural events, or market volatility, your rate will not change. In most cases, fixed-rate plans have a term length of 6, 12, 24, or 36 months. We recommend fixed-rate plans for most customers.

Variable-Rate Electricity Plans New York

Variable-rate plan rates may change on a monthly basis based on market factors. Variable-rate plans offer more flexibility but present more volatility in pricing. Price changes may impact your monthly electricity bill in the form of price hikes. In most cases, we do not recommend variable-rate plans.

New York Electric Rates

How much is electricity in New York? Rates updated daily

New York City Renewable Energy

New York's renewable energy are for the most part led be the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

NYSERDA offers data and analysis, programs, technical expertise, and funding with the goal of increasing New York's energy efficiency and adoptions for renewable energy.

Businesses and home owners in New York City can do their part in aiding renewable energy efforts by investing in efficiency and by switching to a renewable energy plan. You can quickly find renewable energy plans for your home or business by searching our network of energy suppliers.

About New York City

New York City is the largest populated city in the United States with over 8.6 million people.  Recognized as one of the most exciting cities in the world, it is located at the mouth of the Hudson River. Originally settled by the Dutch and named New Amsterdam, it officially became New York City in 1664 by Great Britain after the Revolutionary War.

Headquarters for some of the world’s largest corporations, it is also the home of the stock exchange, making it a world leader in finance. Known as a “melting pot” for its ethnic diversity, New York City is also home to the United Nations. New York City is a major hub for advertising, fashion, entertainment, and communications. It was nicknamed the “the city that never sleeps” due to its vibrant nightlife and entertainment.

New York City, NY Business Profile

New York City is the core for both national and international finance, with Wall Street as its most important economic sector. It also leads the country in the number of Fortune 500 and 1000 companies headquartered there. The cities largest industry is publishing, with the most printing plants in the United States.

In recent years, an increase in high-tech and media have resulted in the city being penned as “Silicon Alley”. Tourism along with real estate and television and film production are additional economy boosters. New York City is the country’s top city for small businesses, particularly for those in the retail and service industries.

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