Central Hudson

Solar Panels

There’s a new partnership weighing in with a proposal for changing the compensation model for solar net metering. It includes a number of New York utilities and national solar companies.

Central Hudson Appoints New CEO

Mar 29, 2016
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A utility company in the Hudson Valley has a new president.

Central Hudson To Roll Out Monthly Billing

Mar 16, 2016
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Central Hudson customers will see a change in the frequency of billing starting this summer.


Time is running out for New York residents opposed to erecting high-voltage power towers across the scenic Hudson Valley to weigh in.


Growing demand for electricity in Westchester and New York City is having an impact on some Hudson Valley counties. Some power proposals are being reconsidered.

Close Call In Albany

Aug 7, 2015
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It was a miracle of sorts on a busy Albany street. Two light poles collapsed Tuesday afternoon, falling into traffic, but no one was hurt.

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A Hudson Valley utility company plans to offer LED streetlights to municipalities.

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The New York State Assembly budget calls for the creation of a state Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate, an idea that has not been picked up the Senate in previous budgets but is being pushed by non-profit group AARP.

Central Hudson Field Employees Are In Uniform

Mar 5, 2015
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There is something different about the appearance of Central Hudson Gas & Electric field employees in the Hudson Valley.

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A non-profit group says consumers are being left in the cold when it comes to input about a proposed electric rate hike in the Hudson Valley. It says older consumers, in particular, can ill afford the possible two-digit hike. Meanwhile, the utility is aiming for a lower rate hike.

P-TECH Program To Launch In Poughkeepsie

Dec 2, 2014
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There’s a new academic partnership in the Hudson Valley to prepare at-risk high school students for jobs in technology. It launches out of Poughkeepsie in the fall of 2015.

The public-private partnership brings together Dutchess Community College, the Poughkeepsie City School District, and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation. It is funded through the New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH, grant. Dr. Pamela Edington is president of Dutchess Community College.

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Wednesday’s snowstorm left more than 100,000 Hudson Valley residents without power. The hardest-hit areas included Dutchess and Ulster Counties, and Central Hudson Gas & Electric customers numbered about 45,000 of the estimated total.

Power Outages Plague The Hudson Valley On Thanksgiving

Nov 27, 2014
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Tens of thousands of Hudson Valley residents were without power Thanksgiving morning following Wednesday’s snowstorm that dumped a foot in some places. And many could be without lights until the weekend.

Thanksgiving Eve Snowstorm Bears Down

Nov 26, 2014

The first major winter storm of the season is hitting the region this hour on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Snow already covers the ground in some regions while other areas are just starting to see the changeover from rain and sleet at this hour.

Travelers looking to get out of town for Thanksgiving usually face heavy traffic, but this year, weather is the wildcard. Meteorologist Luigi Meccariello is with the National Weather Service out of Albany.

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New York towns and villages are in a continuous tug of war between balancing their budgets and staying under the tax cap. One Greene County municipality is taking a hard look at turning street lights off to save money.

FAA Weighs In On Central Hudson's Possible Drone Use

Oct 15, 2014

The federal government says a utility in the Hudson Valley must seek permission before it implements plans to use drones to help inspect power lines and perform other tasks.

Central Hudson CEO To Retire

Sep 22, 2014

The CEO of a Hudson Valley utility has announced his retirement.

FERC Denies Rehearing On Capacity Zone Request

Jun 2, 2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order relating to a newly-implemented energy capacity zone that is already raising electric rates.  The order came one week before a scheduled day in court.

Dutchess County Exec Supports Lawsuit Against FERC

May 21, 2014

The Dutchess County executive has joined the legal fight to dismantle a new capacity zone. He says county residents cannot afford to pay the price of higher electric bills resulting from the new zone and is calling on a federal agency to halt the zone’s implementation.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro Monday filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Court Issues Order In Lawsuit Against FERC

May 17, 2014
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A U.S. Court of Appeals has responded to a lawsuit filed earlier this week by a Dutchess County utility and the New York State Public Service Commission concerning a new capacity zone.

Court Orders FERC Response In Capacity Zone Case

May 16, 2014

A U.S. Court of Appeals has responded to a lawsuit filed earlier this week by a Dutchess County utility and the New York State Public Service Commission concerning a new capacity zone.

Central Hudson, PSC Take FERC Matter To Court

May 13, 2014

A Dutchess County-based utility company is turning to legal action in its opposition to a new capacity zone that it says is already translating into higher electric rates. The New York State Public Service Commission has also filed an emergency motion with the court.

NY Congressman To Deliver Letters To FERC

Apr 30, 2014

With a new capacity zone set to take effect May 1st, a New York Congressman Wednesday afternoon plans to deliver community concerns directly to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

NYS Senator Rolls Out Affordable Energy Plan

Mar 13, 2014
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator Terry Gipson

A New York state Senator from the Hudson Valley has unveiled an energy plan he hopes will ease financial burdens and move the state forward. 

State Senator Terry Gipson has an affordable energy plan he says would bring relief from taxes and rate hikes to families and businesses.

“I just can’t sit by any longer and watch hardworking families and business owners suffer under these regressive energy taxes,” says Gipson.

The Democrat from Rhinebeck says his plan has five points.


The meter reader has gone the way of the milkman and the bread man — in some communities, "smart meters" wirelessly report your energy or water consumption back to the utility company. But fear of electric impulses transmitted by the devices has led to a consumer call for choice. 

Digital smart meter technology has been around since the 1990s, but opposition has grown worldwide. Critics of the technology claim the radio emissions cause a variety of human health problems.

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Staff of the New York State Public Service Commission has weighed in on whether the PSC should reconsider its approval of a utility merger in the Hudson Valley.

Utility Merger Opponents Ask The PSC For A Rehearing

Jul 29, 2013
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Opponents of an approved utility merger in the Hudson Valley are asking the state Public Service Commission to reconsider its decision.

It's A Cruel Summer...

Jul 16, 2013

Forecasters say the Northeast is in for one of the hottest weeks on the books, and people are being urged to take precautions. High temperatures in many Northeastern cities through Friday will be in the 90s; 96 for Hartford, 95 in New York City and 92 in Albany.  Anthony Loconto is a National Weather Service meteorologist stationed in Burlington, Vermont. Loconto says oppressive weather is here to stay for a few more days.

CH Energy, Fortis Enhance Merger Proposal

May 30, 2013
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The companies involved in a proposed utility merger in the Hudson Valley have offered enhancements to the merger proposal. Opponents say they are too little, too late. The controversial merger proposal has led both sides to pound the pavement to tell their sides of the story.

IBEW And CHEG Negotiate New Deal

May 20, 2013
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POUGHKEEPSIE – Central Hudson and IBEW Local 320 have negotiated a new contract for utility workers, who would become employees of Fortis, Inc. should the buyout of CH Energy Group be approved by the State Public Service Commission.

State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D- Kingston) said it is a good deal for the workers, but the proposed purchase leaves a lot to be desired.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D- 18) is thrilled with the contract agreement.