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October 20, 2016

For Release: Immediately

Central Hudson Recognized by Ulster Chamber as Business of the Year

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation was selected as the 2016 Business of the Year by the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce during a ceremony in Kingston this week.

"The Ulster Chamber is delighted to be able to honor Central Hudson,” said Ward Todd, Ulster Chamber President. “They are an outstanding corporate partner with a history of supporting the businesses and organizations in the region that they serve. We could not have found a better choice for our Business of the Year Award."

“We’re honored to be selected as the 2016 Business of the Year, and to be recognized for our contributions to the communities of Ulster County,” said Michael L. Mosher, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson. “We view local businesses and government as our partners in promoting the region and in the development of a robust, clean and efficient energy system. We strive to provide our customers with excellent service, offer programs to help businesses and residents manage their energy use, and promote economic development and job creation in the region; and we’re also proud of our employees’ volunteerism in support of service agencies. We’re truly gratified for this recognition, and will continue to work to earn the support of our customers.”

Central Hudson’s contributions to the region include:

  • Investment in the energy delivery systems: Central Hudson has invested more than $150 million in the electric and natural gas delivery systems in Ulster County since 2012, with plans to accelerate these investments in the years ahead to enhance system reliability and efficiency.

Economic development programs: Central Hudson provides grants and incentives to promote the economy of the region. Recent and pending grants in support of initiatives in Ulster County total nearly $1.3 million. Central Hudson also works closely with economic development organizations within Ulster County.

 

  • Energy Efficiency programs: Central Hudson offers programs to help customers manage their energy use, including incentives and rebates for high efficiency air conditioners and heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, programmable thermostats and lighting upgrades. In Ulster County, participating residents are saving more than $4.5 million per year in energy costs for efficiency measures installed since 2013, and businesses more than $1.6 million per year; and together are offsetting more than 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

 

  • Environmental Stewardship:
    • Central Hudson conducts a recycling operation at its supply center in the Town of Lloyd. The Resource Recovery (Recycling) Program recycled or reused more than 6,000 tons of paper, cable, wire and other materials since its inception more than 20 years ago. As part of this program, clients of the Ulster-Greene ARC sort and refurbish this salvageable material, offering local residents with developmental disabilities the opportunity to provide a valuable and necessary service.
    • Central Hudson supports renewable energy, and holds an annual Solar Summit for solar energy industry professionals at its Ulster County district headquarters in Lake Katrine.
    • Central Hudson also publishes its Sustainability Report, outlining its measures to protect the environment, support local communities and corporate citizenship. To view the report, go to www.CentralHudson.com/environment and click on “Sustainability Report.”

 

  • Community support and volunteerism: Community engagement is a longstanding tradition at Central Hudson. Both the energy company and employees support a variety of community and businesses organizations through volunteerism, leadership and financial contributions, and have contributed more than $7.7 million to agencies and organizations in the last decade. Employees also volunteer and support many other causes, including holiday food and toy drives, fundraising walks, neighborhood cleanups, home and building repairs for needy families and community agencies, and more.

 

For more information on these and other programs offered by Central Hudson, visit www.centralhudson.com.

 

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A ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly enhanced Garden Street to Main Street corridor

Central Hudson was awarded the 2016 Business of the Year by the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce, in recognition of the energy company’s contributions in Ulster County, including its commitment to communities and investments in the electric and natural gas energy delivery systems.