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April 26, 2017
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Receives National Recognition for Demand Reduction Program

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation’s efforts to help reduce customers’ electricity use during periods of highest demand received national recognition.  The energy company’s Peak Perks program was one of five recipients of the prestigious Program Pacesetters award presented by the Peak Load Management Alliance, a national association of experts and practitioners who share and explore innovative approaches to electric demand response.

“Our newest demand response program, Peak Perks, is designed to reduce the demand for electricity use during peak times, generally on the hottest days of the year in specific areas when energy demand is highest,” said Anthony Campagiorni, Vice President Regulatory and Government Affairs. He explained that reducing energy use during these times can help lower peak-day generator emissions, postpone or avoid the need for costly utility infrastructure to address peak demands and help reduce the purchase of expensive peak-day energy.

Central Hudson is promoting the program in specific geographic areas, where peak demand for electricity is nearing system capacity and would normally require future upgrades. “We’re providing attractive incentives to the nearly 2,100 participating customers, who have been integral to the success of this program,” said Campagiorni. Peak Perks continues to be promoted in these areas.

Participating residential customers who use central air conditioning and/or a pool pump receive cash rewards and free equipment to help manage their energy use, including Wi-Fi enabled thermostats. Large commercial customers are offered a set of incentives based upon their equipment and operations.

Central Hudson’s program was recognized for its innovative approach and for exceeding enrollment targets during the first year. The energy company has partnered with Comverge, a provider of integrated demand response programs, in implementing Peak Perks.

For more information about Peak Perks and demand response programs, visit www.CentralHudson.com/EnergyEfficiency/Peak-Perks; and to learn of program eligibility requirements, visit www.CenHubPeakPerks.com. For more on the Peak Load Management Alliance, visit www.PeakLoad.org/.

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Above: Central Hudson’s Mark Sclafani, Senior Program Analyst and project manager for Peak Perks, presents to members of the Peak Load Management Alliance in April as he accepts an award on behalf of Central Hudson. The energy company’s demand response program was one of five recipients of the prestigious national Program Pacesetters awards, and helps customers reduce their use during peak times, providing benefits to both participants and all other customers.

 

 

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is a regulated transmission and distribution utility serving approximately 380,000 customers in portions of eight counties of New York State's Mid-Hudson River Valley; it delivers natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends from the suburbs of metropolitan New York City north to the Capital District at Albany. Its 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 its owner; to foster a culture that encourages employees to reach their full potential; and to be a good corporate citizen. Visit www.CentralHudson.com for more information.

 

Central Hudson became the first American utility subsidiary of Canadian holding company Fortis Inc. in June 2013.   Fortis is a leader in the North American utility industry with assets of approximately $48 billion and 2016 revenue of $6.8 billion. Its regulated utility companies serve more than three million customers across Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. Visit www.Fortisinc.com for additional information.