Buffalo News: New York electricity consumers need more choices


Check out our letter to The Buffalo News in support of competition in New York state’s residential electricity market and concerns about the effect of the Public Service Commission’s reset:

“The New York State Public Service Commission’s new rules on retail energy markets – despite declining complaint rates – threaten to limit the energy options available to residential and commercial customers.

“In February, new requirements took effect on third-party service providers selling electricity and gas to residential customers, requiring them to guarantee their prices will remain lower than the incumbent utility.

“The commission deserves credit for putting consumers first. Unfortunately, instead of protecting customers from deceptive marketing, the price guarantee threatens to undercut the benefits of the competitive market by making it harder for smaller providers to participate.

“Independent service providers have been crucial to advancing New York’s transition to lower-carbon power, encouraging customers to improve their energy savings and bringing more renewable energy to the market.”

Read the full op-ed at BuffaloNews.com.