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SAVE SOME GREEN ON YOUR ELECTRIC BILL
LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR ELECTRIC COMPANY'S EV AND GREEN OPTIONS

Did you know that some electric companies have special deals or promotions just for EV owners?  Using these deals could end up saving you a lot of money over time.  They may also have ways for you to "go green" without any upfront costs.

Below you'll find information regarding the different options available to you depending on your "current" (pun intended) electric company.

Please note that the below information is to be used as a beginner's guide in helping you navigate electric supply options. This is also not inclusive of all options- there are many smaller electric companies that we are not discussing here. You should do your own research before committing to any program and seek assistance from either your electric company or a qualified electrician if you are unsure of your options. Although we will endeavor to keep this information up to date, it may become out of date over time. Making the wrong choice may lead to increased costs. TOCNYS and it's officers are not offering, solicitating, or giving  advice or recommendations. It is your responsibility to decide what are the right options for you.  

First, lets go over a few definitions and then we'll drill down to the most common NY Electric Companies..

Lower Demand Rate Time- This is the time of day that the electric company typically isn't receiving high electricity demands from open businesses and manufacturing, and therefore reduces its cost of electric delivery.  This time is also usually the time with the lowest cost for electric supply from the market.  It's usually weekends, holidays, mornings and late nights, however the exact time is defined by your electric company.

Peak Rate Time- This is the time of day the the electric company typically gets its highest electric demand on the grid.   Therefore in this rate structure your electric company will charge more for the delivery of electric to your home or business.  This time is also usually the time with the highest cost for electric supply from the market. It's usually during the day on non-holiday weekdays, however the exact time is defined by your electric company.  

Standard Use Rate- In this rate structure, your cost for electricity delivery will not depend on the time of day.  Because of this you don't need to worry about when you are charging your car or using your cloths dryer- the delivery cost will remain the same all day.  This rate typically is lower than the peak rate time but higher than the lower demand rate time.  This is usually the default rate structure for residential locations and is most likely what you are using unless you've changed it.

Time Of Use Rate- This is a special electric rate that changes your cost typically of both electric supply and delivery depending on the time of day.  So as an example you may pay a slightly higher rate for electricity at peak demand time, but you'll have a much lower rate at lower demand rate times on the weekends and weekdays-overnight and the morning.  The idea is by charging your car outside of the peak rate time you'll save more money than you would spend on that extra cost during peak time.  This is tricky however since you will be using some electric over the peak times and those costs will be higher than in the past.  So the goal is that the savings on your lower demand rate eclipses the increased cost of your peak time utilization. (A Tesla Power Wall (or any battery storage solution) may help in this rate structure- make sure you review the information regarding Tesla Power Walls.)

Second Meter Rates- Some electric companies will give you extended Time Of Use Rates if you install a second power meter or a sub-meter (a second meter after your primary meter) to your home just to measure the electric used in charging your car.  In this setup the only thing being metered in your second meter is your EV charging.  This design allows you to isolate the Time Of Use Rate to just charging your car while allowing the rest of your home to enjoy the Standard Use Rate all day.  However this will require both working with your electric company AND an electrician AND permits AND inspections.  Because this is generally a rare option, we won't be discussing it below- however the links to each of the electric companies will bring you to the area of their website that discusses this option, if available.  (If this options peeks your interest, make sure you review the information regarding a Tesla Powerwall.)


Like many power companies, Central Hudson offers a Time of Use Rate option.  At this time the hours for the Peak Rate Times are 2pm-7pm non-holiday weekdays.  All other times are Lower Demand Rate Times.

However Central Hudson also provides a special offer for EV owners- Electric Vehicle Time of Use Rate.  This is just like the Time of Use Rate except it allows EV owners to "try before they buy."  If you choose the Electric Vehicle Time of Use Rate- you must use the Time of Use Rate for 1 year.  However after that year, if your electric bill would have been lower if you didn't choose the Time of Use Rate, Central Hudson will recalculate your 12 months of bills based on the Standard Use Rate and they will refund your difference.  This way you can try it out without regrets.  However this is only good for the 1st year.



Like many power companies, conEdison offers a Residential Time of Use Rate option.  At this time the hours for the Peak Rate Times are 8am-midnight non-holiday weekdays with super-peak times from June-Sept 2pm-6pm.  All other times are Lower Demand Rate Times.

However conEdison also provides a special offer for EV owners- Residential Time-of-Use With One-Year Price Guarantee and Reduced Monthly Customer Charge.  This is just like the Time of Use Rate except it allows EV owners to "try before they buy."  If you choose the One-Year Price Guarantee Rate- you must use the Time of Use Rate for 1 year.  However after that year, if your electric bill would have been lower if you didn't choose the Time of Use Rate, conEdison will recalculate your 12 months of bills based on the Standard Use Rate and they will credit your account the difference.  This way you can try it out without regrets.  However this is only good for the 1st year.

They also have a partnership with FleetCarma.  If you register your car with FleetCarma, you will receive a device to install in your OBD port (or for Tesla vehicles, it is installed in a propriety diagnostics connector using an adapter cable.)  This service will monitor when your car is charging via cell service and it will reward you with money if you avoid charging during the conEdison peak and super-peak times.  This service is only available for conEdison customers.  Refer to the FleetCarma site for all the details.



Like many power companies, NYSEG offers a Time of Use Rate option called Smart Usage Plan.  At this time the hours for the Peak Rate Times are 4pm-6pm non-holiday weekdays with possible larger peak times in the summer depending on your service classification. All other times are Lower Demand Rate Times.

NYSEG also have a special program called OptimizeEV that is designed to give you deeper discounts if you charge your EV overnight.  At the writing of this page, the OptimizeEV pages says that the limited number of seats in the program was already filled, however that you could email them to see when you might get into the program.  Please refer to the OptimizeEV page for all the details.  



Like many power companies, National Grid offers a Time of Use Rate option.  At this time the hours for the Peak Rate Times are 7AM-11PM non-holiday weekdays.  All other times are Lower Demand Rate Times.

However National Grid also provides a special offer for EV owners- Voluntary Time-of-Use Rate (SC-1 VTOU) .  This is just like the Time of Use Rate except it allows EV owners to "try before they buy."  If you choose the Voluntary Time-of-Use Rate (SC-1 VTOU)- you must use the Time of Use Rate for 1 year.  However after that year, if your electric bill would have been lower if you didn't choose the Time of Use Rate, National Grid will recalculate your 12 months of bills based on the Standard Use Rate and they will refund your difference.  This way you can try it out without regrets.  This method of rate recalculation will repeat every year you use the program.

Please note that National Grid operates in 3 independent locations in NYS- Long Island, NYC Metro Area and Long Island.  However their website looks like the EV Time of Use Rate option is the same for all locations.  Also when talking to their associates, make sure you call the service "VOLUNTARY" Time of Use.  There is a standard Time of Use that does not apply to you and is more expensive.



Like many power companies, Orange and Rockland offers a Time of Use Rate option.  At this time the hours for the Winter Peak Rate Times are 10am-9pm non-holiday weekdays (see website for summer times).  All other times are Lower Demand Rate Times.

However Orange and Rockland also provides a special offer for EV owners- Residential Time-of-Use With One-Year Price Guarantee and Reduced Monthly Customer Charge.  This is just like the Time of Use Rate except it allows EV owners to "try before they buy."  If you choose the Residential Time-of-Use With One-Year Price Guarantee and Reduced Monthly Customer Charge- you must use the Time of Use Rate for 1 year.  However after that year, if your electric bill would have been lower if you didn't choose the Time of Use Rate, Orange and Rockland will recalculate your 12 months of bills based on the Standard Use Rate and they will credit your account the difference.  This way you can try it out without regrets.  However this is only good for the 1st year.

There is also one additional offer for EV owners- electric vehicle owners on the residential time-of-use rate will be eligible for a reduced monthly customer charge. Instead of $32.00, you’ll be charged $20.00.  This is at the bottom of the Orange and Rockland linked page.




Like many power companies, PSEG Long Island offers a Time of Use Rate option called Power to Save.  At this time the hours for the Peak Rate Times are 2pm-7pm non-holiday weekdays.  All other times are Lower Demand Rate Times

Once switched to the Power to Save Rate (Time of Use Rate), PSEG Long Island allows customers to switch from Time of Use Rate back to Standard Rate at any time (no 1 year minimum) however the customer will not be permitted to switch back to Time of Use Rate for 1 year.

PSEG Long Island also has special rates for EV users in a program called Smart Charge.  This program gives a $500 Rebate for the installation of qualified, level 2 home chargers* and a Continual Rewards program for using them at lower demand rate times.  Check out this link for more information and to see the list of qualified level 2 chargers.

*Tesla Chargers are currently not on the qualified list although TOCNYS is trying to get Tesla V3 chargers added.



Like many power companies, RG&E offers a Time of Use Rate option called Plugin Electric Vehicle (PEV) Special Provision which is only defined in the pdf regarding service (page 12). At this time the hours for the Peak Rate Times and  Lower Demand Rate Times are not defined on their site- Please call for details.

However RG&E also provides a special offer for EV owners which allows EV owners to "try before they buy."  If you choose the Plugin Electric Vehicle (PEV) Special Provision- you must use the Time of Use Rate for 1 year.  However after that year, if your electric bill would have been lower if you didn't choose the Time of Use Rate, RG&E will recalculate your 12 months of bills based on the Standard Use Rate and they will refund your difference.  This way you can try it out without regrets. 


Community Solar

Community Solar is an initiative where members of your community establish a solar panel farm where they generate electricity for a group of local subscribers.  This allows members of the community to enjoy the advantages of solar electric without installing them on their own property.  So you don't need to have any installations, property changes, permits or inspections- yet you get to support sustainable energy.  In addition, since this power is locally sourced, you may save money on electric.

For more information regarding Community Solar, please review the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) website found here.

To find a community solar project near you (which will allow you to "fuel" your Tesla with sun energy)- please go to this NYSERDA site and select your electric company.

Tesla Powerwall

A Tesla Powerwall is a lithium battery pack designed by Tesla to add uninterruptable battery power to your entire house.  This pack is usually connected at a point between your power meter and your main house power breaker panel and may also be used to connect solar panels to your house's electrical demands.

When using solar panels, your Tesla Powerwall will collect unused, over generated power and save it for a time where you are not generating solar power (like cloudy days or nighttime).  However the Tesla Powerwall can also charge itself up via the electric company's meter.

This means that a Tesla Powerwall has a major feature that can help you save money on your electric bill.  If you have Time of Use Rates, you can set your Tesla Powerwall to recharge itself during lower demand rate times and to power your entire house during peak demand times.  This way you always use the cheapest power available.   

Tesla Powerwalls are also used to provide uninterruptable power during a power outage, can optimize power consumption by communicating with a Tesla home charger, and several Powerwalls can be connected to increase the electrical supply capacity to your home.

Click here for more information regarding the Tesla Powerwall.


Did we miss something or have a comment regarding this information?  Drop me a note at scottc@tocnys.org.


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