Fixed charges – also known as customer charges – are the flat monthly fees that you pay on your electricity bill, regardless of the amount of energy you actually use. In New York, these fixed charges are much higher than average and they make energy unaffordable for many households. High fixed charges also make it harder for people to justify any investment in energy efficiency or solar, because no matter how much energy you save or produce yourself, you're still stuck with that fixed charge.
The majority of residential customers would benefit from lowering the fixed portion of our electricity bills.
Find out why.
A way New York can cut electric bills
(Oct. 2017 Albany Times Union Op-Ed, Acadia Center)
(Jan. 2018 Albany Times Union Op-Ed Citizens for Local Power)
Advocacy groups oppose National Grid rate hike
(January 2018 Albany Times Union article)
(Nov. 2015 Utility Dive)
Environmental, consumer groups call on Connecticut regulators to cut UI rate
(Oct. 2016 New Haven Register)
Utilities should join us in working toward a 21st century rate design
(April 2016 Utility Dive Op-Ed)
· It's good for your pocketbook
· It's good for the environment
· It's fair and progressive
Choose your utility company below to submit a comment telling New York regulators that you want lower bills and the opportunity to make energy efficiency and renewable energy work.
National Grid proposes to keep fixed charges at $17/month in New York, while their fixed charges are only $5.50 in Massachusetts.
Central Hudson has filed a rate proposal that would raise fixed charges from $24 to $25 per month. Think this is outrageous?
New York energy regulators are considering changing the fixed charges for the whole state. Utilities are fighting to keep them high.
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