Con Ed Bills Spike, Shock Consumers

The colder-than-usual temperatures this winter have led to higher-than-expected bills from Con Ed, and customers are freaked out. 

"We've lived in Sleepy Hollow for 2 years and our bill has been between 6-9 cents per kwh and then suddenly this last bill jumped up to 17.9 cents per kwh," said one Facebook commenter. "We rent an apartment, I don't even want to think what a bill for a whole house would be."

"We all are accustomed to our Con Ed bills going up to some extent, but something is going on that isn't even approaching 'right,'" said Jeane Pedro. "People are posting about their new Con Ed bills that have doubled since last month, some going over $1000." 

Unfortunately the bills aren't a mistake. 

Con Ed spokesman Allan Drury said the exceptionally cold winter weather caused the price of natural gas to rise.

"That has impacted not only customers’ natural gas bills but also their electric bills (since natural gas is used in the generation of much of the electricity in the area)," he said. "Con Edison does not make a profit on the natural gas or electricity. We buy the energy on the market and deliver it to customers at cost. When the price rises, customers pay more. When the price drops, customers benefit."

Con Ed is encouraging customers to consider level-payment plans to smooth out their bills. Level-payment plans and other aspects of the recent bills increases are explained here.

Calls are coming in from upset customers, said State Sen. Greg Ball (R-Putnam).

“A 100% increase is absolutely unbearable for senior citizen on a fixed income struggling to stay in their homes,” Ball said. “Let it be clear, I am glad to hear that Con Edison has made a good faith effort to allow customers to spread their energy costs out over a 12 month period, yet these sky-high energy bills are unbelievable.”

What's your experience with energy bills this winter?

New York Patriot February 28, 2014 at 02:02 PM
It is also distasteful to have a solar salesman so blatantly try to use the discussion platform to gin up sales leads. Odd though because few of the commenters seem to be of the Liberal persuasion who might be open to the overtures of a solar salesman. Anyway, it is great to see that Jeanne has made friends with Jeff.
Jeanne February 28, 2014 at 02:23 PM
New York Patriot, this issue actually started as a thread on a local facebook post. There were several people working for energy companies who posted their information. Whether you or I fell it is tasteful or not, people do what they feel they need to in order to promote their livelihood. We are grownups. We can act on it or ignore it. Like everything else we read.
New York Patriot February 28, 2014 at 02:51 PM
Yes, I suppose we do have a dichotomy. On the one hand we have a bunch of Liberals flapping away about global warming or climate change or whatever the in-vogue term is as well as alternative energy. These folks are yakking it up with the folks trying to sell something - ie. The ESCO multi-level marketing folks and the solar and alternative energy sales people. On the other hand, you have a bunch of folks, myself included, who are more politically aware and are discussing a highly regulated business (the futures exchanges as well as the energy providers) in the context of what our Liberal leaders are or are not doing about it and, from a political ideology standpoint how we got in this mess. Congratulations on being a grown up.
Krista Madsen March 01, 2014 at 09:11 AM
Natural gas prices peaked this season at 10x what they were at same time last year! The channels to move the gas demand is "simply not there." Good explanation on pricing this season you can listen to on WNYC. https://www.wnyc.org/radio/#/ondemand/351788
JM March 01, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Hey all - for what it is worth, my ConEd bill (electric + gas) is actually lower than it was the previous month. No complaints from me but I was prepared for the worst after this price hike news has been circulating all week. Jan. was $459, Feb. $368. Others here must also have equal or lower, no?


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