How to Become an Electricity ESCO

To be eligible to participate in RG&E’s supply choice program, suppliers must first apply to and meet the requirements of the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO).

The PSC can be contacted at 518.486.2432 and the NYISO at 518.356.6060.

ESCOs (Energy Service Companies) that the PSC and the NYISO determine eligible to participate then must submit forms and agreements (see Electric Qualification Steps below) to RG&E and meet operating standards, where applicable.

For your convenience, the Supplier Manual is available online.

Electric Qualification Steps

Energy service companies interested in participating in RG&E's Electric Retail Access program as an ESCO will need to work with RG&E to complete the following steps:

  1. ESCO satisfies eligibility criteria with the New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC).
  2. ESCO registers and is accepted by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO).
  3. ESCO must be EDI Phase 1 certified.
  4. ESCO e-mails fully completed EDI Test Application, DSA, W9, PSC Certification Letter and NYISO Acceptance letter (electric ESCOs only) to more than 30 days prior to EDI test batch.  (Refer to Forms)
  5. Upon availability, Supplier Relations schedules ESCO for EDI testing (refer to EDI Test Schedules).
  6. ESCO e-mails remaining documents (refer to ESCO Qualification Checklist) to no later than 15 days prior to the start of testing.
  7. Connectivity testing completed by our EDIOPs team prior to start of testing.
  8. Once EDI testing completed, a Trading Partner Agreement (TPA) is executed. The TPA must be fully signed by the ESCO & 3rd Party Provider (if applicable) & returned to Supplier Relations prior to production.
  9. Production date scheduled and production connectivity will be completed.
  10. RG&E posts ESCO's company and contact information on the RG&E web page.