What ConEd Thinks Of IDT Energy Slamming Its Customers

What does ConEd think of IDT Energy salesmen impersonating ConEd workers at customer’s doors? After hassling their media relations department for days, ConEd finally called us back (recording above) and released a statement.

ConEd spokesman Alfonso Quiroz let us know that they, “always encourage customers to shop around.” He pointed to poweryourway.com as a great place to find alternate energy service companies or ESCOs.

Ok, but what about those sneaky door-to-door salesmen?

Quiroz said that all ConEd’s employees can be identified by badges and should provide them upon request. If there’s ever any doubt whether someone is a ConEd employee, you can call 1-800-75CONED for verification.

When pressed as to whether they had anything specific to say about IDT Energy’s systematic campaign of pretending to be ConEd workers at customer’s doors, Quiroz said, “nothing more than what I’ve I just added about what people should look out for.”

Evidently ConEd is not overly concerned about IDT Energy’s sales practices… wonder what IDT corporate has to say? — BEN POPKEN

Previous IDT Energy posts.


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  1. Kyle says:

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  2. timmus says:

    I smell corruption and kickbacks at ConEd from IDT!

  3. kenposan says:

    It may be that Con Ed is afraid to say anything since there has been no investigation yet.

  4. mikesfree says:

    I was a manager for a large phone company and was subject to very strict guidelines about what I could say about other companies. I will tell you what I know about this situation from that perpective and why you may have gotten the response you did.
    We dealt with CLECs (Competitive Local Exchange Carriers). My understanding was because we were “The big guy” we were legally restricted from saying anything about these companies that would cause them to loose any business or our company would be subject to fines.

    The power companies were handed a similar situation from what I understand. They provide all the lines, maintain everthing, but some other company can now legally come and sell their service in an effort to provide customer “choice”. They may be very limited on what they can do to influence that choice. I doubt there are any kickbacks and I bet they really feel this to be a knife in the side.

  5. Slosh says:

    I see a juicy conclusion coming soon…