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We’ve provided answers to some commonly asked questions regarding service with Kiwi Energy. 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

Service FAQs

How do I become a Kiwi Energy customer?

Start powering your home with Kiwi Energy today by calling toll free 1-877-208-7636. 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.

What is a Variable Rate Plan?

A variable rate plan allows you to enjoy electricity and/or gas rates that change each month depending on market 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 to a variable rate plan gives you the freedom to change or cancel your product at anytime. Variable rate plans provide no guaranteed savings compared to the utility.

What is a Fixed Rate Plan?

Fixed rate plans lock you into one rate for the length of your contract and will charge you the same amount per kilowatt hour of electricity each month until your contract expires, whether the price of electricity rises or falls. You can rest easy knowing that regardless of what may happen in the market your rate won’t change. Once your term is up you will move to a variable rate plan or you can elect to do another fixed rate plan, the choice is yours. Fixed rate plans provide no guaranteed savings compared to the utility.

When do I start?

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 Kiwi Energy supply charges and utility delivery charges. 

How do I pay my bill?

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.

Will I get a separate bill from Kiwi Energy?

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.

Can I still pay my bill online?

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

When will the switch occur?

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 will include your supply charges from Kiwi Energy.

Is there any fee for switching?

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

Will I need new wires, pipes or a new meter?

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

Where do you offer service?

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

Who do I contact if I experience an outage?

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.

Does Kiwi Energy guarantee savings?

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

What is the Sales Agreement?

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.

What is Consolidated billing?

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

What is the Choice Program?

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

What is an Energy Supplier?

An energy supplier is a company that acquires electricity and/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 Deregulation?

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 are the benefits of electricity and gas deregulation?

Energy deregulation has been around for more than two decades in certain states and is designed to ensure consumers have access to adequate and competitively priced energy supplies. 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 holds a monopoly on the energy service. Customers have the ability to choose from multiple competitive retailers that offer various service plans at competing rates.

Does competition affect the reliability of my electricity or gas supply?

No, regardless of which energy supplier you decide on, you will still receive the same safe and reliable delivery service from your utility.

Energy Terminology

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: New York State Independent System Operator – 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, as well as 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.