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Electric generating stationO&R No Longer Produces Electricity

Until 1999, O&R had both generated and purchased electricity for its customers. That year, O&R sold all of its generating stations as part of the New York State Public Service Commission's plan to deregulate the electric utility industry and create a competitive marketplace.

Buying Electric Supply on the Open Market

O&R now purchases all of the power for its New York and Pennsylvania customers from the power market administered by the New York State Independent System Operator (NYISO). For most of its New Jersey customers, Rockland Electric buys power from the regional power market operated by the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland Interconnection (PJM).

The prices we pay to purchase those supplies vary monthly and are passed on to customers without a markup. For our New York customers who do not have an alternate energy supplier, those prices are listed on the bill as Market Supply Charge. For our New Jersey and Pennsylvania customers who do not have an alternate energy supplier, those prices are listed on the bill as the Basic Generation Service Charge.

About 40% of O&R's New York customers take advantage of Energy Choice and buy their own electric supply directly from independent energy suppliers.

Electric Supply Fuel Sources

Electricity can be generated in a number of ways with different impacts on the environment. Standardized disclosure labels help to keep consumers informed on what fuel sources suppliers used to generate electricity, the air emissions associated with their method of generation, and a comparison of those emissions to a statewide average. In this way, consumers can weigh the benefits of price and environmental quality when shopping for an electricity supplier.