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'Let's Connect' explores issues that matter most to you

As we transition to a cleaner and even more efficient and reliable energy system, Central Hudson is connecting with our customers on issues that matter most. We're pleased to share "Let's Connect," an online overview that illustrates the initiatives we're undertaking to better serve you and the communities of the Mid-Hudson Valley in exciting new ways.

So, Let's Connect to learn more about ways that Central Hudson can partner to help you meet your energy goals.

Video: Red Cross honors Central Hudson.

Central Hudson was recognized by the American Red Cross of the Mid-Hudson Valley at an event in May for our critical role in restoring utility services and protecting the public in the aftermath of severe weather and other emergencies.

"Central Hudson's emergency response efforts are critical to the restoration of electric and natural gas service following natural disasters and other urgent situations," said Kelly Formoso, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of the Mid-Hudson Valley, which serves nearly 600,000 people across Ulster, Dutchess, Greene and Columbia counties. "The utility's exemplary restorations have earned it the prestigious Edison Electric Institute's nationwide Emergency Response Recovery Award five times, including its response to severe March snowstorms in 2018."

"Every one of our employees plays a role in emergency response," said Charles A. Freni, President and CEO of Central Hudson, who accepted the award on behalf of the company. "Key to our progress, however, is the partnership we have with the American Red Cross, county emergency management officials and local municipal and emergency responders," he said. "When emergencies strike, our region comes together in a spirit of unity and purpose to protect local residents. We're grateful not only for this recognition but also for the cooperation that gets the job done as safely and efficiently as possible – no matter what the challenges we face."

Tree contractor chopping limbs

Remember that when doing yard work, safety matters. When using ladders or poles, be aware of overhead electric lines, including the service wire that runs to your house. Even wooden ladders can conduct electricity with fatal results. Also remember to be very careful if there are electric lines above or near a swimming pool and you are working with skimmers, brooms or other long-handled tools. Please enjoy a safe summer!

Environmentally friendly vehicle illustration

Drive into the future in an electric vehicle and save up to 70 percent per mile compared to a gas vehicle, while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Explore available options, including all electric plug-in models with ranges of up to 300 miles, or plug-in hybrid models which have both an electric motor and internal combustion engine that automatically takes over when the electric charge runs out.

Take up to $2,000 off of your new electric vehicle with the NYSERDA Drive Clean rebate. Area dealers provide the rebate at the time of your new car lease or purchase! Federal tax credits are also available.

Central Hudson employees honored for community service.
Central Hudson employees honored for community service

Five Central Hudson employees were recently recognized at our annual Community Service Awards event. We established our Community Service Awards Program in 1989 to recognize those employees whose efforts have made a tremendous impact on their communities and have helped to improve the quality of life in the Hudson Valley.

This year's award recipients, from left to right in the photograph above, are:

  • Herb Jones for being a member of the Circle for Hope K9 Rescue executive board where he is dedicated to helping strays find forever homes;
  • Beth Allen for her involvement with Partnership for Animals Needing Transition (PANT). The mission of PANT is to reduce the feral and abandoned cat population in Dutchess County via trap, neuter and return;
  • Zarin Schildhorn for providing mentorship to dancers and sitting on the board as secretary of the Catskill Ballet Theatre;
  • Lauren Montgomery, who serves on the advisory board of the Ascension Holy Trinity Mission Center, which not only serves food to roughly 9,000 people a year, but also provides a welcoming sense of belonging and community to the people it serves; and
  • Anthony LaRusso, a volunteer with Boy Scout Troop 101, who teaches children skills and instills values that will shape their future.

The organizations with whom the award recipients volunteer received a $1,000 donation from Central Hudson.


LED bulb sale graphic

Looking for an easier way to shop for LED lighting products? We've improved the shopping experience at to make it easier to find the LED bulbs you need. Choose from a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Take advantage of instant rebates, exclusive to Central Hudson customers, while shopping enhanced product descriptions, color selection charts and key product specifications. Browse the new experience at and shop a variety of lighting products starting at $0.75 per bulb!

Natural gas and carbon monoxide alarm

Central Hudson is offering residential natural gas customers a universal carbon monoxide and natural gas alarm for just $7.50, after a $25 instant rebate. The Universal Security Instruments Plug-In Carbon Monoxide and Natural Gas Smart Alarm is a 2-in-1 device that protects against carbon monoxide and natural gas. With a compact design, intelligent microprocessor and informative digital display screen, this "smart" alarm can help put your mind at ease.

Log in to the CenHub Store to take advantage of this exclusive offer.

Central Hudson employees volunteer for the Special Olympics at Vassar College.

Central Hudson sponsored and employees volunteered for the third time at the Special Olympics NY Summer Games on June 15. Our volunteers took score and cheered on athletes during the basketball games in the Walker Field House at Vassar College. We wish to congratulate all of the athletes who participated and all of the volunteers and organizers who bring this wonderful event to life.

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Apply now for Central Hudson-sponsored BetterU Challenge

Central Hudson is once again sponsoring the American Heart Association's Dutchess-Ulster BetterU Makeover Challenge. Women selected to participate will learn smart strategies and gain new information on improving and maintaining health, along with the encouragement and advice of local coaches. Each week will focus on a different area to follow for a complete heart makeover. If you are interested in joining a group of local women in the 10th anniversary BetterU challenge, apply here by June 30. The 12-week program begins on Aug. 9.