NY: Ready for lower bills and cleaner energy?

How can we lower our energy bills and promote clean energy?

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.

Why lower fixed charges?

The majority of residential customers would benefit from lowering the fixed portion of our electricity bills.
Find out why.

What others are saying.

Over 50 organizations and over 130 elected officials have requested that energy regulators reduce fixed charges in New York.

Raise your voice!

Eletricity rates are being set right now in New York. Click here to send a message to the energy regulators that you want lower fixed charges.

Ready to tell New York to lower your fixed charges?


Central Hudson Agrees to Reduce Its Residential Customer Charge

April 18, 2018 - Central Hudson Gas and Electric proposed a settlement in its ongoing rate proceeding, in which it agrees to reduce its current electric and gas residential customer charge from $24 to $19.50 over three years. Central Hudson's customer charge reduction makes it the first New York utility to reduce its customer charge in more than a decade.  Read more...

National Grid Maintains High Fixed Charge Despite Affordibility Concerns

 March 16, 2018 - The New York State Public Service Commission approved a Joint Proposal by utility corporation National Grid and other stakeholders to raise customer rates in its upstate electric and gas service territory. Residential customers will see electric and gas rates increase by nearly $16 per month over the next three years, and fixed customer charges will remain locked in at $17 per month. National Grid’s fixed customer charge ranks among the highest in the country, and is more than three times the amount charged to residential customers in the company’s Massachusetts and Rhode Island service territories. Read more...

Consumer Advocates Deliver over 1,800 Postcards to Regulators Calling for Rate Reform

January 22, 2018 - The postcard state, “it’s a New Year, a new chance to fix our electricity rates!” The proposed New Year’s resolutions for the PSC include rejecting utility rate hike requests and reducing fixed charges, which are very high compared to utility fixed charges in other states regionally and nationally. Read more...

Let's get these fixed charges lowered!

· 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.  

To take action, choose your utility company below

National Grid

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

Central Hudson has filed a rate proposal that would raise fixed charges from $24 to $25 per month. Think this is outrageous? 

Rest of New York

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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