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 December 19, 2017

For Release: Immediately

Central Hudson President, CEO Mosher Addresses Ulster County Chamber

Michael L. Mosher, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, addressed members of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce today at their monthly breakfast meeting in Kingston, NY. Mosher updated the audience on the latest in state and local developments regarding important energy issues that affect all local residents and businesses.

  “New York State has set a course on a clean energy agenda that is among the most ambitious in the nation,” said Mosher. He explained that three principal state initiatives, namely the Clean Energy Standard, the Clean Energy Fund and the far-reaching ‘Reforming the Energy Vision,’ or REV, proceeding, are rapidly changing New York’s energy landscape. “These initiatives are intended to significantly increase renewable energy resources, lower emissions and help consumers make more informed energy choices in order to protect the environment and build a cleaner and more resilient energy system.”

The initiatives are also driving rapid changes at Central Hudson and other New York energy companies. “Under this new model, the role of Central Hudson becomes a facilitator, innovator and integrator of new energy related products and services,” said Mosher. “This is an especially challenging and exciting time for Central Hudson, our customers and the energy industry as a whole.”

Mosher said that impacts of these policies are already being seen in the Mid-Hudson Valley. “For example, within our service territory more than 8,000 distributed generation installations, primarily solar, are either in service or planned,” he said. He also cited Central Hudson’s assistance to two Kingston-area businesses, Ryan Insurance Brokers and a division of HeritagEnergy, in installing the first Community Distributed Generation (CDG) solar facility in the region and one of the first in New York State. The 165.5 kW roof-mounted solar system, connected to Central Hudson’s electric distribution grid, allows dozens of residential customers to purchase locally sourced renewable energy. In addition to this facility, developers are planning other locally sited and grid-connected CDG systems.

He described a recent partnership with the New York Power Authority and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on a paired solar and battery storage project at SUNY-New Paltz, one of the first in New York, and Central Hudson’s collaboration with NYSERDA for expanding the electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Mosher said that Central Hudson is also investing to ensure that local communities receive 21st-century reliability and resiliency. Replacing aging equipment, deploying modern technology, upgrading computer systems and supporting energy efficiency are key priorities in Central Hudson’s annual capital investment plan. He explained that the integration of renewable resources, which have variable and intermittent production profiles, requires improvements and enhancements to the electric system. “As we rebuild, we are deploying new technologies that will make our electric, and also natural gas systems, more resilient, responsive, smarter and secure,” he said.

  “We’re also excited about new opportunities to engage customers through online services and the rollout of technology that will help them better manage their energy usage,” Mosher said. “Our CenHub platform is allowing us to offer new products and services to local residents and business that want to take charge of their energy consumption.”

  In spite of all the changes to its industry, Mosher says that Central Hudson is committed to remaining the same involved and dedicated corporate citizen that it has been since its founding in 1900. “We recognize that our relationships in the local community are the foundation of our success, and we’re excited about a future that affords us the opportunity to enhance and expand those relationships in new ways.”

  Mosher joined Central Hudson as a Junior Engineer in 1985. In 2003, he became Central Hudson’s Manager of Corporate Services, assuming responsibility for the utility's purchasing, transportation, storeroom, security and facility functions. He was appointed Central Hudson's Assistant Vice President of Regulatory Affairs in 2005 and promoted to its Vice President of Regulatory Affairs the next year. Mosher became the tenth individual to serve as President of Central Hudson since its incorporation in 1927 when he was named President & C.E.O. on April 1, 2016.     

  Mosher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College. He serves on the boards of the Business Council of the State of New York, SUNY New Paltz Foundation, and the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation. A native and resident of Red Hook, who graduated from Red Hook High School, Mosher has also volunteered with local youth sports activities and other causes.

Video highlights of Mr. Mosher’s presentation can be viewed on Central Hudson’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CentralHudson.

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Top left: Michael L. Mosher, President and CEO of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, addressed members of the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce at their December monthly breakfast meeting in Kingston, NY. Mosher updated the audience on the latest in state and local developments regarding important energy issues that affect all local residents and businesses.

 

Bottom left: Mosher and Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ward Todd at the event.