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June 19, 2012

For Release:

CH Energy Shareholders Approve Acquisition by Fortis Inc.

(Poughkeepsie, NY) Shareholders of CH Energy Group Inc. (NYSE:CHG) voted overwhelmingly today to approve the proposed acquisition of the Company by Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS). Approximately 92 percent of the shares cast were voted in favor of becoming part of Fortis, Canada’s largest investor-owned distribution utility, at the Special Meeting of Shareholders held today. “This affirmation is a positive step toward a new partnership that will provide benefits for shareholders, customers, employees and the communities we serve,” said Chairman, President and CEO Steven V. Lant.

Subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2013.  “Shareholder approval is a critical milestone toward completing the transaction,” said Lant. “The merger will deliver significant value to CH Energy Group shareholders.” The all-cash transaction will provide U.S. $65 per share to common shareholders of CH Energy Group, parent company of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, upon closing.

The merger will also allow utility subsidiary Central Hudson to operate as a standalone company, with little change in day-to-day operations. Fortis has committed to retain all employees, and to continue Central Hudson’s longstanding support of local community organizations. “Furthermore, Fortis has committed to provide more than $20 million in customer benefits over five years once the transaction is approved, including $2 million in avoided costs per year; establishment of a $5 million benefit fund to support customer and community outreach programs; an additional $5 million to absorb costs that would normally be recovered in rates from customers; and a one-year rate freeze through July 2014,” said Lant.

The merger would bring the experience and knowledge of Fortis utility companies to Central Hudson so that best practices can be learned and shared among all subsidiary operations. “Fortis has access to capital that could enhance Central Hudson’s ability to make investments in the electric and gas system to improve customer service and system reliability,” said Lant.

Shareholders also voted on a non-binding, advisory basis to approve executive compensation related to the merger, with more than 76 percent of the votes cast at the Special Meeting of Shareholders in favor of such an approval.

In coming months, the transaction will be reviewed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and the New York State Public Service Commission. For more information, visit

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About CH Energy Group, Inc.: CH Energy Group, Inc. is predominantly an energy delivery company headquartered in Poughkeepsie, NY. Regulated transmission and distribution subsidiary Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation serves approximately 300,000 electric and about 75,000 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 City to the Capital District at Albany. CH Energy Group also operates Central Hudson Enterprises Corporation (CHEC), a non-regulated subsidiary composed primarily of Griffith Energy Services, which supplies petroleum products and related services to approximately 56,000 customers in the Mid Atlantic Region.

CH Energy Group's mission is to provide electricity, natural gas, petroleum and related services 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.

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