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Win home upgrades with our Carbon Reduction Sweepstakes

Does your home have uneven temperatures or old heating and cooling equipment? Do you want to increase your home's health and value while reducing your environmental impact? Complete a brief survey to enter our Carbon Reduction Sweepstakes. You could win a free home energy audit and energy efficient upgrades.

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New solar technologies are being tested and helping to power SUNY New Paltz thanks to a partnership between Central Hudson, state and national organizations. We have committed $210,000 toward the project, which includes a 100-kilowatt solar array with a 200 kilowatt-hour battery storage system, creating a microgrid to power the Elting Gymnasium that also serves as a campus and community shelter. An additional 117-kilowatt solar array was installed on campus at the Sojourner Truth Library. The panels provide renewable energy to the campus during periods of peak demand and the battery storage system is a backup power source during emergencies.

» Details about this renewable energy project


Central Hudson's recently published Report to the Community provides a detailed look at our operations and illustrates how we're working to improve the value of our service to you by:

  • Investing in our electric and natural gas infrastructure to create the energy delivery networks of the future;
  • Delivering improved service, quality and reliability through modernized energy systems;
  • Engaging in exciting efforts to harness renewable energy, and committing to sustainability, environmental protections and responsible stewardship at every level;
  • Upgrading our natural gas system to improve its safety and reach;
  • Seeking new ways to offer customers more choice, control and convenience in their energy options; and
  • Enhancing a culture that fosters innovation and efficiency, with core values that reinforce an unyielding dedication to safe work practices and ethical behavior.

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Central Hudson joins Dutchess County and local agencies in observing 2018 as the Year of the Veteran and we are involved in activities and events being held throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley that honor local military residents. In observance of the Year of the Veteran, we have made a special grant available for eligible veterans and military families served by Central Hudson, who are experiencing a financial hardship. Eligible recipients may receive a $200 one-time grant applied in 2018 to a Central Hudson account.

"This year, Central Hudson celebrates the Year of the Veteran and we're supporting initiatives by the Dutchess County Historical Society, sponsoring the Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica 'Wall That Heals' at the Newburgh waterfront in August, promoting the Troops to Energy program to provide a pathway for veterans to careers in the energy industry, and more," said Denise D. VanBuren, Vice President of Public Relations at Central Hudson. "We're proud to employ more than 70 veterans at Central Hudson who fill a wide variety of critical roles," she added.

» Eligibility requirements and application instructions


We're proud to announce that Central Hudson is a recipient of the 2018 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence. We were honored for efforts to offer lower cost LED lighting, provide no-cost LED bulbs to low-income customers, and leverage ENERGY STAR resources. Central Hudson's accomplishments were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 20.

In the community ...
Some ways Central Hudson and our employees are making a difference in the communities we serve:

Central Hudson employee among "Forty Under 40"

Employees volunteer for Rebuilding Day project

Central Hudson sponsors, participates in KidVenture

United Way honors
Central Hudson, VP

Employees help in Newburgh Cleanup effort

Central Hudson joins Kingston Earth Fair

Students receive guidance at our annual Career Day

Central Hudson executive inducted into Hall of Fame

Superstorm Sandy caused massive flooding when it surged up the Hudson River in 2012. One facility impacted by the deluge was our Danskammer Substation in Newburgh. This video from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories describes how we took steps to safeguard this substation from future major storms. It's just one example of how we're investing to storm-harden our energy delivery infrastructure to better serve you.


You may be able to get up to $6,500 in prepaid weatherization upgrades through the new HomeAdvance program from Sealed, a Central Hudson energy efficiency partner. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a house with air leaks can waste 30 percent of the energy you're paying for. The HomeAdvance program can help stop air leaks and eliminate uneven temperatures. Sealed will even prepay up to $6,500 to install needed upgrades – insulation, air sealing, smart home technology – for qualified homeowners, and let the money you save on energy pay off the work.

SEE IF YOU QUALIFY


Industry experts gather for our
8th annual Solar Summit

Nearly 100 solar industry professionals attended our 8th annual Solar Summit in Poughkeepsie this spring. The event provides a forum for solar energy installers, advocacy organizations, state energy officials and Central Hudson interconnection experts to learn about the latest trends and issues.

As of March, nearly 7,900 homes, businesses and municipalities within Central Hudson's service area have installed solar electric systems, representing more than 76 megawatts of solar capacity, with the capability of offsetting more than 3,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

"On a per capita basis, Central Hudson's service territory is home to the greatest number of customer-owned solar installations in the state," said Paul E. Haering, Senior Vice President of Engineering and System Operations at Central Hudson. "We're proud that our region holds a leadership position, thanks to the high level of interest in renewable energy, the strong commitment demonstrated by local solar professionals and Central Hudson's programs and initiatives that enable solar connections to the utility grid. We're committed to helping to develop more local distributed energy resources, including solar, by making smart investments in our electric system to increase the level of clean energy sources right here in the Mid-Hudson Valley."

Before you start a job that requires digging or drilling into the ground on your property, be sure to call 811 for a free markout of underground facilities. Calling this number will alert Central Hudson, affected municipalities and other utilities (such as telephone and cable TV companies) so all underground lines can be marked. Failure to make this call at least two, but no more than 10 working days ahead of time, can result in civil penalties, and you may be held liable for damages to underground facilities and other property; but more importantly, you can cause severe, and fatal, injury to yourself and others.