You've probably read and heard about competition in the natural gas and electric industry. Simply put, competition offers you the opportunity to choose which company supplies your energy needs.
Until the early 21st Century, your natural gas and electricity were both supplied and delivered by Central Hudson at prices regulated by the Public Service Commission (PSC). Under competition, this has changed. Many energy services companies (ESCOs), also called retail suppliers or marketers, are able to supply your gas and/or electricity at unregulated market-based prices. You can choose your energy supplier from among these companies, or you can continue to purchase your energy from Central Hudson. This is "Customer Energy Choice."
Regardless of where you purchase your natural gas and/or electricity, Central Hudson will continue to deliver that energy over our transmission and distribution systems. Central Hudson will also continue to provide all customer service support functions such as system maintenance, meter reading, new service installations, and restoration of service following storms or emergencies. Central Hudson's rates for these delivery services will continue to be regulated by the New York State PSC.
Additionally, in the event you choose an alternate energy supplier who fails to supply you with all the gas or electricity you need, Central Hudson will still be available to supply your energy requirements at current rates.
The following material is provided to assist customers and retail suppliers who would like additional information about Central Hudson's Customer Energy Choice Programs.
Now available from the PSC web site.