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November 2, 2017

For Release: Immediately

Central Hudson Provides Mutual Aid to Vermont

Sixteen electric linemen and supervisors from Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation are assisting utility crews in Vermont this week to restore electric service following a severe wind storm. The assistance comes under a mutual aid process established for providing cross-regional resources during emergencies and natural disasters.

“There is an urgent need for assistance throughout New England in the aftermath of Sunday’s and Monday’s wind storm,” said Michael L. Mosher, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson. He explained that approximately 1.5 million households and businesses lost power as a result of strong winds that toppled trees and limbs onto power lines, with gusts reported at more than 70 miles per hour in some parts of the Northeast. As of today, more than 200,000 customers remain without power in New England.

Central Hudson is a member of the North Atlantic Mutual Assistance Group, or NAMAG, which is represented by more than 20 utility companies and support industries to coordinate assistance during emergencies.

 “NAMAG is comprised of member companies and serves to allocate crew resources during major events affecting a significant portion of the region,” said Mosher. “As a member of this group, we will provide our permanent and contracted crews and personnel to other utilities in need when requested, but only after the needs of our own customers are met first.

“Just as we depend on mutual aid from other utilities and private companies when severe weather impacts our own region, we will reciprocate when requested. We have called upon mutual aid crews to help restore power in our area when major storms affected our area in the past.”

For more information on how Central Hudson prepares for and responds to major storms, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Storms.

 

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Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is a regulated transmission and distribution utility serving approximately 300,000 electric and approximately 80,000 natural gas customers in eight counties of New York State's Mid-Hudson River Valley, delivering natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends north from the suburbs of metropolitan New York to the Capital District at Albany. Central Hudson's mission is to deliver electricity and natural gas to an expanding customer base in a safe, reliable, courteous and affordable manner; to produce growing financial returns for shareholders; to foster a culture that encourages employees to reach their full potential; and to be a good corporate citizen. Central Hudson is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry. For further information visit www.fortisinc.com.