NYSEG’s new plan involves users paying more during ‘peak’ season

You'll pay more to cool your house in the middle of a sweltering summer day and less to run the dishwasher at 2 a.m. under a New York State Electric & Gas Corp. plan to be unveiled next month. That's a change from current NYSEG rules, which charge a flat rate for electricity and natural gas to be delivered to your home — no matter what time of day.

Welcome to the "Smart Grid," the latest phase of a 20-year process to engage utility customers in managing their energy use — electric and natural gas — and encourage them to become their own generators with rooftop solar units, backyard wind turbines or any other form of renewable energy.

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