What are ESCOs/energy suppliers?
Energy suppliers, or ESCOs, sell electricity or natural gas to retail customers.
These suppliers may be small companies or large corporations, but they must be deemed by the PSC to be eligible sellers
before they may make sales. As suppliers of electricity and/or natural gas, they may offer different energy
service options, and other products and services. With respect to the utility service, the rights and obligations of residential customers are the
same whether they take service from an ESCO or from Con Edison.
Is Con Edison OK with me buying electricity and gas from other
Con Edison’s primary business role is energy delivery
, and ESCOs are in the business of energy supply
. Of course, even after you
choose an energy supply
company, Con Edison will still be there to read your meter, handle service calls,
and provide emergency assistance. And you will still receive the same safe and reliable service you have come
Where can I get more information on a particular energy supplier?
This Web site provides a
current listing of residential
suppliers for electricity and natural gas.
Contact information for each company includes a link to its Web site, if there is one.
How do I enroll with an ESCO?
Contact the energy supplier that you feel best meets your needs. That supplier will ask you for your Con Edison account number
to obtain your usage history and, with your agreement, may enroll you as a customer.
Once you are enrolled, you will be notified by the ESCO and by Con Edison that your future energy supply will
be provided by the ESCO and delivered by Con Edison. You may be eligible for Con Edison's
discount. At your request, Con Edison will either enroll you with the ESCO of your choice or assign
you to an ESCO. In either case, you will be offered an introductory rate equal to a 7% discount off the Con Edison price
for energy supply for two months.
Check to see if you are eligible for the PowerMove
discount for residential
If you are not eligible, learn how to choose an ESCO for residential
Once I enroll with a new supplier, how soon will my service begin?
Your energy supplier will begin providing your electric service on your next meter-reading date, as long as you
are enrolled at least 15 days before that date. As a supplier of natural gas, your ESCO will begin your service
on the first calendar day of the following month, if you are enrolled by the 15th of the previous month.
If I receive my energy from an ESCO, may I still contact the Public
Service Commission (PSC) if I have a complaint ?
Yes. If you have been unsuccessful in resolving a complaint with an ESCO you may contact the
PSC for assistance. You can call the PSC toll free at 1-888-NYS-PSC8 (1-888-697-7728)
or you can visit the PSC Web site at www.dps.state.ny.us
and click on Consumer Assistance.
The PSC requires all energy suppliers to offer convenient complaint-handling procedures and clear information on switching.
An energy supplier signed me up without my permission. What can I do?
Just call Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633) to cancel the enrollment.
Am I required to stay with my new supplier for a predetermined amount of time?
That depends on the particular contract that company offers. For example, some ask that customers enroll
for no less than one year and may impose an early-termination charge if the customer stops taking service
before the end of that period. You should ask this question of each ESCO you contact.
How do I cancel my service with an ESCO / Energy Supplier?
Before you cancel your service with an ESCO, you should read the terms and conditions of the contract for supply that you have established with the ESCO. Once you have reviewed these terms and conditions, it is recommended that you contact your ESCO to ensure that you fully understand all potential cancellation fees, if applicable.
With regard to your gas service, you should also be aware that when your gas service is removed from the ESCO at your request, you may not enroll for gas service again with any ESCO for a period of one year. With regard to electric service, you may be re-enroll for that service at any time. However, the PowerMove discount will only be applied once to each service (electric and gas).
If you wish to proceed now with cancellation of your service with an ESCO, you can do so by clicking
I enrolled with an energy supplier, but now I have decided to leave. How can I do that?
Customers can discontinue purchasing their energy supply from an ESCO by either contacting the ESCO or Con Edison.
If I switch to another supplier, can I decide later to switch again to a different one, or
switch back to Con Edison?
You can switch from one energy supplier to another or back to Con Edison, but it is important that you learn about all of
the terms and conditions of the service to be provided. That way, if you decide to switch, you’ll know what to
Is there a fee if I switch to an energy supplier or back to Con Edison?
Con Edison never charges for switching — from Con Edison to an energy supplier, from an energy supplier back to Con Edison, or from
one energy supplier to another. While some companies offer month-to-month agreements,
others may require that customers stay with them for one year or more. You should check the terms and conditions
of your agreement with your energy supplier if you decide to switch, in order to determine if ESCO-imposed fees apply.
What should I look for when considering switching to an energy supplier?
It's best to comparison shop, check out what deals each energy supplier has to offer, and then choose
the company that makes the most sense for you. Keep in mind that energy savings should always be calculated over
the long term — give it a year or more — to get a realistic picture of savings, based upon seasonality, market
conditions, and weather factors.
Energy is a commodity that is bought and sold.
This means that the price of energy (which includes crude oil, heating oil, natural
gas, electricity, and unleaded gas) can fluctuate. As a result, it is difficult to show accurate pricing
information here. For up-to-date pricing information, please contact the individual
ESCO through its Web site or by telephone.
Currently, there are three (3) billing options:
- Utility-combined: one consolidated bill from Con Edison that includes both your ESCO's supply charges and your Con Edison delivery charges.
- Supplier-combined: one consolidated bill from the ESCO that includes both the ESCO's energy supply charges and Con Edison's delivery charges.
- Two bills: one for supply purchased from an ESCO and one for delivery from Con Edison.
An ESCO may offer more than one billing option. Make sure you ask the representatives which of these billing options they offer, so you can choose one that works best for you.
Will my billing remain on the same schedule as it is now?
Yes. You'll receive your bill on the same schedule as you do now.
What is this 7% discount I've heard about?
It's the PowerMove
discount of 7% off the Con Edison price for residential
energy supply for two months.