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June 6, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Receives National Recognition
for Emergency Response Following March Nor’easters
 

(San Diego, CA) Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation was recognized by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) with its Emergency Recovery Award, for its efforts in restoring power following damaging twin nor'easters Riley and Quinn that impacted the Mid-Hudson Valley in March. Electric service was interrupted to more than 180,000 customers served by Central Hudson, and the storms were among the most serious to have ever impacted the region, the fourth and tenth most severe in more than a half-century. The widespread storms caused 3.5 million power outages throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

"The work of Central Hudson Gas & Electric's crews to restore service following Winter Storm Riley and Winter Storm Quinn illustrates our industry's dedication to serving our customers," said EEI President Tom Kuhn. "Central Hudson's crews worked in dangerous and difficult conditions to restore power to customers safely and as quickly as possible, and are truly deserving of this award."

"We are honored by this recognition and very proud of our employees for their dedication in serving our customers and communities of the Mid-Hudson Valley," said Michael L. Mosher, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson. "We are also grateful for the support of our local emergency responders and our customers, who exhibited patience and understanding as we worked together to restore electric service."

The storms damaged the electric system at more than 2,600 locations, in addition to causing 3,500 cases of downed power lines and 220 broken poles. In all, a field force of more than 670 electric line and tree workers, including mutual aid crews from New York, Vermont, various mid-western and southern states, Canada and Fortis linemen from Arizona, assisted by hundreds more in support roles, cleared roads and restored electric service to all affected customers.

"The damage caused by the winter storms Riley and Quinn was significant," said Mosher. He explained with careful and effective coordination, electric service was restored to more than 50 percent of all customers impacted by Riley within 24 hours and to all before arrival of the second storm, Quinn; and restored to more 90 percent of the peak outages caused by Quinn within 12 hours and to all within three days.

Central Hudson previously received the EEI Emergency Response Award in 2015 in response to a 2014 Thanksgiving nor'easter; in 2013 in recognition of its recovery efforts during Hurricane Sandy in 2012; in 2012 for recovery efforts following a severe snow storm in October 2011; and in 2011 for restoration efforts following a major snow storm in February 2010, the most severe in the utility's history.

Central Hudson and associated Fortis utility companies ITC Holdings Corp. and Arizona-based UNS Energy Corp. subsidiaries UniSource Energy Services (UES) and Tucson Electric Power (TEP) were also recognized by EEI with the 2018 Emergency Assistance Award for Puerto Rico Power Restoration, for their contributions to the unprecedented emergency power restoration mission in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. The devastating Category 4 hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, impacting all critical infrastructure, damaging at least 80 percent of the island's energy grid, and leaving all island residents without power. Central Hudson and participating Fortis companies joined nearly 60 electric private and public electric companies to help repair damage and restore electric service to the island.

EEI is an association of electric companies representing 70 percent the U.S. electric power industry. The Emergency Recovery Award is presented annually to recognize utilities that face extraordinary events and "put forth an outstanding effort to restore service to the public." The winners were chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process.

To learn more about how Central Hudson prepares for severe weather and steps customers can take during storms, visit www.CentralHudson.com and click on "Storms & Outages."

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Central Hudson and mutual aid crews repaired damage and restored electric service following severe nor’easters in March. The energy company received the Edison Electric Institute Emergency Recovery Award for its efforts to restore power following the dangerous storms.


Riley and Quinn, by the numbers:
Electric system damage locations: 2,600
Downed wires: 3,500
Broken poles: 220
Pounds of dry ice distributed: 150,000
Gallons of water distributed: 27,000
Website visits, including mobile: 645,000
Outage map visits: 212,000
Electric line and tree workers: 671
Meals delivered to field crews: 5,900