Orange and Rockland Utilities (O&R) operates under the auspices of its big city cousin, holding company Consolidated Edison (Con Edison). O&R's subsidiaries, Rockland Electric and Pike County Power & Light, operate in southeastern New York and adjacent portions of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The utilities distribute electricity to more than 301,800 customers in about 100 communities in those three states, and deliver natural gas more than to 128,000 customers in New York and Pennsylvania. O&R's transmission and distribution facilities include 5,550 miles of overhead and underground power distribution lines, 560 miles of transmission lines, and more than 1,850 miles of gas pipeline.
O&R and its two utility subsidiaries, Rockland Electric Company and Pike County Light & Power Co., deliver power and gas to customers in three states. The electricity O&R sold to its customers in 2011 was purchased under firm power contracts or through the wholesale electricity markets administered by the NYISO and PJM Interconnection LLC.
The company serves a population of approximately 750,000 in seven counties in New York, northern New Jersey, and northeastern Pennsylvania. About 75% of O&R's power customers are in the state of New York.
O&R's revenues increased by 5% in 2011, mainly due to lower purchased power costs and a decrease in gas purchased for resale.
As a way to attract more businesses to its New York service area, in 2011 O&R doubled the discount on its electric delivery rate (up from 10% to 20% for five years) for qualified companies.
The company is investing heavily in upgrading its aging infrastructure. In late 2010 the company announced plans to invest $2.6 million over a 13 month period to replace 11,800 feet of 60-year-old, 4-inch steel gas underground distribution pipe with 8-inch, plastic gas pipe across Orange and Rockland counties.
When deregulation arrived in O&R's territory in 1999, the energy company exited its power generation activities and sold itself to Con Edison.