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.
Eletricity rates are being set right now in New York. Click here learn how you can take action to lower fixed charges.
June 3, 2019 - Senator Jen Metzger and Assemblyman Robert Carroll have introduced legislation that would reduce utility companies' fixed customer charges. The legislation is similar to law that passed in Connecticut in 2015 that has effectively reduce fixed charges in that state. With just three weeks left in the legislative session in NY, advocates are mobilizing to pass the bill. Read more...
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...
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...
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...
Central Hudson should lower fixed charges, not raise overall rates
(February 2018, Valley Views Op-Ed by Jonathan Bix and Jen Metzger)
(January 2018 Albany Times Union Op-Ed Citizens for Local Power)
Advocacy groups oppose National Grid rate hike
(January 2018 Albany Times Union article)
A way New York can cut electric bills
(Oct. 2017 Albany Times Union Op-Ed, Acadia Center)
(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)
Legislation pending in New York would help lower fixed utility charges, but there are only a few more days to get it passed. S6241 (Metzger) / A8118 (Carroll) would would ensure that utilities can only include specific kinds of costs when determining the fixed charge for their customers. Reasons to support the bill:
Contact your Senator and Assemblymember today and ask them to co-sponsor the bill.
Consolidated Edison has filed a rate proposal that would raise fixed charges from $15.76 to $17 per month.
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NYSEG is proposing to raise its fixed customer charge from $15.11 to $17, while RG&E is attempting to raise the customer charge by 62 cents to a whopping $22 per month!
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