Syracuse Post Standard: AARP urges consumers to be cautious when dealing with energy marketers

The Post-Standard. — AARP today advised its 2.7 million members in New York state to be “extremely cautious” about buying electricity or natural gas from unregulated energy service companies, or ESCOs. The advice follows a report this week that ESCO prices on average have been significantly higher than prices charged by regulated utility National Grid.

The Post-Standard reported Tuesday that Upstate residential customers who bought energy from ESCOs paid $413 more for electricity and $235 more for natural gas over the past two years, on average, compared with what…

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