Orange & Rockland Utility Inc


Orange and Rockland Utility Inc were as the Rockland Light & Power Co in Nyack, N.Y. in 1899 when S.R. Bradley combined a number of local gas & electric companies. That approach of merging smaller local companies into larger regional companies became the blueprint for the company's growth through the next 100 years.

Following the familiar merger pattern that had brought it success in 1999, Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc and its subsidiaries, became a fully owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison Inc.

The companyÂâ€Ã¢„¢s services are located in the northwestern suburbs of New York City, Orange & Rockland and its two utility subsidiaries, Rockland Electric Company and Pike County Light & Power Co, deliver energy to customers in seven counties in New York, northern New Jersey and the northeastern corner of Pennsylvania. The company serves approximately 292,000 electric customers in all three states and approximately 124,000 natural gas customers in New York and Pennsylvania.

Their service territory encompasses a thriving 1,350 square-mile region, principally residential in nature, with a broad base of commercial, industrial, agricultural and recreational facilities.

They now purchase all of the power for its New York and Pennsylvania customers from the power market administered by the New York State Independent System Operator (NYISO). For most of its New Jersey customers, Rockland Electric buys power from the regional power market operated by the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland Interconnection (PJM). About 25 percent of O&R's New York customers take advantage of Energy Choice and buy their own electric supply directly from independent energy suppliers.

The Rockland ARC workers separate waste paper, bale used cardboard and dismantle and sort for recycling old cable, streetlights, reflectors and meters. Those parts are then sold to recyclers.

Their environmental achievement program also provides a meaningful work experience for Rockland ARC workers. The program's successful environmental efforts have been frequently recognized with the Certificate of Environmental Achievement from Renew America, a national environmental enhancement organization.