In order to bring you the best possible user experience, this site uses Javascript. If you are seeing this message, it is likely that the Javascript option in your browser is disabled. For optimal viewing of this site, please ensure that Javascript is enabled for your browser.
March 14, 2017
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Responding to Winter Storm

(Poughkeepsie, NY) Field crews of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation are responding to small, scattered outages throughout their eight-county service territory as a result of the winter storm bearing down on the Hudson River Valley. Fewer than 10,000 customers were without service about 12 hours after the snow began to fall, and virtually all of the largest outages are clustered in Ulster County.

"We are facing several large repairs due to the increased wind speeds and continued snowfall. But generally, as a result of continued investment and maintenance, our electric system is holding up well to the dramatic conditions that we've experienced so far in this storm," said Senior Vice President of Customer Services and Transmission and Distribution Charles A. Freni. "We have a field force of more than 300 professionals responding to various outages, and we certainly recognize how critical it is that we restore service to everyone as quickly as possible due to the cold temperatures."

Freni applauded the public work crews that are clearing roadways in order to allow utility equipment to reach hard-hit locations. He also encouraged customers not to drive. "We've experienced several service interruptions as a result of motor vehicle accidents. Please heed the emergency warnings, and stay off the roads."

He reiterated the following advice:


  • Stay at least 30 feet away from downed power lines, and remember that lines may be entangled and hidden in fallen trees. Assume all downed lines are live.
  • Beware of fallen trees and limbs, and use caution or traveling.
  • Avoid the use of candles for illumination due to fire hazards.
  • Follow the manufacturer's safety instructions on the use of emergency generators, and be sure to shut off the main breaker when in use and operate the units outdoors.
  • Never use outdoor gas or charcoal grills indoors, as they pose a fire hazard and over time can give off deadly carbon monoxide gas.
  • Operate cars and motor vehicles outdoors only, and never inside the garage.



  • By text messaging: Customers should enroll in Central Hudson's Texting Program to use text messaging to report their power condition and to obtain repair status. To enroll, visit or text REG to 236483.
  • On the Web: Visit to report outages and obtain restoration updates.
  • Via smart phones: A mobile version of the Central Hudson's website can be accessed by web-enabled cell phones and mobile devices at Free Central Hudson mobile applications for Android and Apple and are also available by logging onto
  • Through Social Media: "Like" Central Hudson on, and "Follow"
  • By Phone: Call the Central Hudson PowerLine at (845) 452-2700 or 1-800-527-2714, and please use the automated system to report or monitor your power condition.

More information on preparing for storms and emergencies and communicating with Central Hudson is available at; for information regarding electric and natural gas safety, visit

#   #   #

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 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 for additional information.