Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve provided answers to some commonly asked questions regarding energy, our service, and our Ecogold loyalty program. If you don’t find the answers you are looking for, please contact us toll free at 1-877-208-7636 or email us at info@kiwienergy.us 

How do I claim my ongoing Ecogold Benefits?2020-04-27T11:00:55-04:00

All Ecogold benefits are redeemed via the Ecogold website. Once you have registered your Ecogold membership account you can start to utilize the benefits.

I do not have a computer and do not have an email address, are there any other options?2020-04-27T10:59:31-04:00

Even customers without email or internet access can still enroll in our Ecogold Loyalty Program, they can ask a trusted friend or family member to help them access some of the Ecogold benefits.

How does my Ecogold loyalty program work?2020-04-27T11:05:45-04:00

Customers eligible for the Ecogold program will have ability to purchase energy-efficiency products and discounted gift cards from participating brands. To access your account register at ecogold.us using these steps: 1. Verify your account using your customer number, phone number and email, 2. Set your password and security question. 3. Update your profile information

What is Ecogold?2018-09-06T17:00:08-04:00

Ecogold is an environmentally focused loyalty program that is offered to all active Kiwi Energy customers. The program offers a wide range of reward choices and discounts with participating brands. Ecogold does not carry membership fees.

What is the CIKEL Project?2018-09-06T16:58:24-04:00

Zero Gas is powered by The CIKEL Project and works to avoid CO2 emissions by avoiding planned deforestation. The CIKEL Project helps reduce 9.4 million tons of CO2 emissions that would have been emitted into the atmosphere over the next 10 years.

The CIKEL Project was the first REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) project within the Verified Carbon Standard framework in the Amazon.

What is the difference between a REC and a Carbon Offset?2020-10-13T17:13:52-04:00
RECs vs Carbon Offsets

The difference is that a REC represents the environmental benefits of a MWh of renewable electricity generation and so it can be said to “offset” the emissions of a single MWh of average electricity generation. A carbon offset can be matched with emissions from other sources of greenhouse gas emissions (not just electricity generation), like flying and driving. A REC is a measure of the overall environmental benefits associated with the generation of 1 MWh of renewable electricity. These benefits include the fact that few if any greenhouse gases and other pollutants are being emitted from this generation.

A carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases made in order to compensate for or to offset an emission made elsewhere.

Offsets are typically achieved through financial support of projects that reduce the emission of greenhouse gases in the short- or long-term. The most common project type is renewable energy, such as wind farms, biomass energy, or hydroelectric dams. Others include energy efficiency projects, the destruction of industrial pollutants or agricultural byproducts, destruction of landfill methane, and forestry projects. Eligible carbon offset projects need to be registered and recorded on a verified carbon registry, Kiwi Energy sources their Carbon Offsets from a project that promotes forestry in the Amazon registered with Verified Carbon Standard.

* Disclaimer: Please note that the above information regarding RECs is not state specific. Each state has its own REC requirements. The REC programs utilized by Kiwi Energy to match energy consumption and offset gas consumption go above and beyond those legal requirements in each individual state.

What are RECs?2018-10-19T14:44:51-04:00

Generally, RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates) are tradable, contractual instruments that represent the full suite of attributes of 1 Megawatt-hour of renewable energy generation on the electricity grid. RECs are the sole means to claim usage of grid-connected renewable electricity in the United States, and the compliance instrument for consumption- or delivery-based state Renewable Portfolio Standards. Renewable electricity generation and use are tracked through RECs, and so by matching RECs with your electricity service you are using renewable electricity. A REC represents the environmental benefits of 1 megawatt-hour of renewable electricity that can be paired with electricity For more information on RECs please see this video.

* Disclaimer: Please note that the above information regarding RECs is not state specific. Each state has its own REC requirements. The REC programs utilized by Kiwi Energy to match energy consumption and offset gas consumption go above and beyond those legal requirements in each individual state.

What is a carbon offset?2018-09-06T16:57:23-04:00

A carbon offset is a reduction of greenhouse gasses measured in tons of carbon dioxide or methane avoided, sequestered or destroyed. Projects such as avoiding deforestation, planting of trees, methane management (such as cow ‘gas’), and management of landfill waste gases are the types of projects that aim to reduce the amount of carbon released into our atmosphere and have a ‘credit’ value.

What is renewable energy?2018-09-06T16:57:16-04:00

Renewable energy is energy derived from natural resources that replenish themselves over a period of time without depleting the Earth’s resources. These resources also have the benefit of being abundant, available in some capacity nearly everywhere, and they cause little, if any, environmental damage. Energy from the sun, wind, and thermal energy stored in the Earth’s crust are examples. For comparison, fossil fuels such as oil, coal, and natural gas are not renewable, since their quantity is finite—once we have extracted them they will cease to be available for use as an economically viable energy source. While they are produced through natural processes, these processes are too slow to replenish the fuels as quickly as humans use them, so sources will run out sooner or later.

Energy Terminology2018-10-26T14:01:40-04:00

When shopping for electricity and gas you will come across quite a few energy terms. Here are a few common ones. If you need more information please contact Kiwi Energy Customer Care at 1-877-208-7636 for further assistance.

PSC: The Public Services Commission of New York – The state agency responsible for the regulation and oversight of energy, water, cable and local telecommunication services in New York. Broadly speaking their mission is to protect customers, foster competition and promote high-quality infrastructure. For Electric, the PSC licenses Energy Service Providers and oversees the NYISO market. The PSC regulates the delivery of electricity and gas and enforces consumer protection.

NYISO: Based in New York’s Capital Region, NYISO is a non-profit company that is governed by 10 members of the Board of Directors with the purpose of operating the high-voltage transmission network, administering and monitoring the wholesale electricity markets. They are also responsible for the reliable operation of the 11,000 miles of high-voltage transmission and the dispatch of more than 500 electric power generators, making NYISO the heart of New York’s electric system.

LDC: Local Distribution Company – The Utility company that provides the distribution, customer and energy services for natural gas and electricity.

kWh: Kilowatt Hour – This is the standard unit of measurement for electricity. Your electricity rate times the number of kWh consumed gives you your energy cost.

MWh: Megawatt Hour – A one Megawatt electricity generation plant operating at full capacity for 1 hour will produce one Megawatt-Hour of electricity. One MWh is equivalent to 1,000 kWh or one million Watt-Hours. The typical unit of measurement for a REC is one MWh.

THM: Thermal Unit – The therm (THM) is a non-SI unit of heat energy equal to 100,000 British thermal units (BTU). It is approximately the energy equivalent of burning 100 cubic feet (often referred to as 1 CCF) of natural gas.

Does competition affect the reliability of my electricity or gas supply?2018-09-06T16:50:33-04:00

No, regardless of which Energy Supplier you decide on, you will still receive the same safe and reliable delivery service from your Utility.

What are the benefits of electricity and gas deregulation?2018-09-06T16:50:25-04:00

Energy deregulation has been around for more than two decades in certain states and is designed to ensure consumers have access to various suppliers and products. While your local utility is still responsible for maintaining the wires, pipes and infrastructure that make up the distribution system, reading your meter and responding to emergencies, the utility no longer is the sole supplier. Customers can choose from a range of electric and natural gas suppliers.

What is deregulation?2018-09-06T16:50:08-04:00

Prior to the 1990s, every state in the United States regulated its energy industry. There was only one company (the local utility) that was responsible for all components of your energy service. Under deregulation, your local utility still exclusively manages the delivery of your power but the supply, or generation has been opened to competition for suppliers such as Kiwi Energy to buy energy on the wholesale market and offer a selection of energy products to customers like you.

What is an energy supplier?2018-09-06T16:50:00-04:00

An energy supplier is a company that acquires electricity, renewable energy or natural gas supplies from the wholesale market and sells it retail to homes and businesses. An energy supplier is not your local utility, it does not own or operate the distribution and transmission systems that deliver energy to homes and businesses.

An energy supplier simply purchases and supplies energy, which is then delivered to your home by your local utility. The utility still operates the local distribution wires and pipes which carry electricity and natural gas through its territory and to homes or businesses.

What is the choice program?2018-09-06T16:49:40-04:00

Electricity and natural gas choice programs allow residential and commercial users to select a supplier other than the traditional Utility.

What is consolidated billing?2018-09-06T16:49:30-04:00

A billing option that provides customers with a single bill combining charges from one or more service providers and issued by a distribution utility (utility consolidated bill) or by a commodity supplier (ESCO consolidated bill)

What is the sales agreement?2018-09-06T16:49:16-04:00

The Sales Agreement is a document outlining all the terms and conditions related to electricity and gas service. These rules set out the rights and responsibilities of both Kiwi Energy and the customer.

Does Kiwi Energy guarantee savings?2018-09-06T16:49:06-04:00

Kiwi Energy’s current and historical prices are not an indicator of Kiwi Energy’s future prices. Kiwi Energy does not guarantee any savings. Kiwi Energy’s prices may be higher or lower than the LDC’s supply rate in any given month.

Who do I contact if I experience an outage?2018-09-06T16:48:48-04:00

You should contact your local Utility Company. They will normally be able to give you an estimated time for completion. The contact phone numbers for your applicable Utility are listed on your invoice.

Where do you offer service?2018-10-19T14:40:14-04:00

Kiwi Energy currently offers electricity and natural gas service in the Con Edison, National Grid Upstate, National Grid Metro, Central Hudson, NYSEG, RG&E, Orange and Rockland & National Fuel in New York service areas and Duke Energy in Ohio service areas.

Will I need new wires, pipes or a new meter?2018-09-06T16:48:24-04:00

No. Your energy will always be delivered via the same wires, pipes, and meter you have now.

Is there any fee for switching?2018-09-06T16:48:09-04:00

Kiwi Energy does not charge fees for a ‘standard switch’ of suppliers, most utilities do not charge a fee for a switching either.

When will the switch occur?2018-09-06T16:47:56-04:00

Kiwi Energy will begin your commodity service on your first meter read by your utility following your acceptance into the program, this may take one to two billing cycles. In most cases this means your next bill will include the final charges from your previous supply company, the following bill will include your supply charges from Kiwi Energy.

Can I still pay my bill online?2018-09-06T16:47:45-04:00

Yes. You can continue to pay your utility by the same means you always have.

Will I get a separate bill from Kiwi Energy?2018-09-06T16:47:24-04:00

You will continue to receive one monthly bill from your utility. Your Kiwi Energy supply charges will appear on the bill and you continue to pay your utility as you always have.

How do I pay my bill?2018-09-06T16:47:08-04:00

The utility will continue to bill you and collect payment for both the supply and delivery portion of the bill. Most utilities offer a range of fast, efficient and convenient payment methods which you can view on their websites.

When do I start?2018-09-06T16:46:50-04:00

Once your application has been approved, you will receive one final bill with supply charges from your previous provider, on the following bill Kiwi Energy will be your supplier. You will continue to receive just one single monthly bill from your local utility company for your energy supply and delivery charges.

What is a variable rate plan?2018-09-06T16:46:39-04:00

A variable rate plan allows you to enjoy electricity and/or gas rates that change monthly depending on factors such as market fluctuations and conditions and may be higher or lower than your utility rate. Kiwi Energy offers variable-rate plans that are no cost to join with no long-term commitment or cancellation fees. Signing up for a variable rate plan gives you the freedom to change or cancel your product at any time. Variable rate plans provide no guaranteed savings compared to the utility.

How do I become a Kiwi Energy customer?2018-10-26T13:56:09-04:00

Start powering your home with Kiwi Energy today by calling toll free 1-877-208-7636 or clicking here. All you need is your utility account number which can be found on your utility bill to complete the sign-up. Once enrolled Kiwi Energy will take care of the rest.

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