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Tropical Storm Isaias damage in Dutchess County
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Virtual public hearings begin today following the completion of a New York state Public Service Commission investigation into electric utilities’ responses to Tropical Storm Isaias. The August storm left thousands of customers without power for days. The public hearing on Central Hudson’s performance takes place Thursday (Dec. 17) afternoon at 4. PSC Special Counsel for Ratepayer Protection Rory Lancman is conducting the hearings. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

O&R on scene after Tropical Storm Isaias damage, August 2020
Courtesy of Orange and Rockland Utilities

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced that a state commission completed its investigation into what he calls an apparent failure of electric utilities to adequately prepare for and respond to a recent tropical storm. Three of New York’s largest utilities face potential fines totaling millions of dollars. Two could see their licenses revoked.

Graffiti on a utility box in Cornwall, NY
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator James Skoufis

A New York state lawmaker says a utility provider in the Hudson Valley has committed to removing graffiti in a city in Orange County.

Storm over Montgomery, NY August 27, 2020
Courtesy of the Town of Montgomery

National Weather Service teams are headed out to parts of the WAMC listening area to determine if any tornadoes touched down Thursday. Though power outages and damage were not as widespread as from Tropical Storm Isaias in early August, there were intense pockets.

Power Outage Repairs From A Wind Storm Continue

Apr 14, 2020
Utility repair crews for Central Hudson clear a fallen tree on Sodando Road, Hopewell Junction on April 13, 2020
Courtesy of Central Hudson

Power restoration efforts are continuing into Wednesday for portions of the Hudson Valley following Monday’s storm that brought high winds and heavy rains. It caused more than 1.3 million power outages from Texas to Maine Sunday and Monday.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Central Hudson is cleaning up the site of a former manufactured gas plant in the City of Poughkeepsie. The remediation is taking place on the shoreline and in the Hudson River. But until there is agreement about plans to protect the river and a drinking water source nearby, the river portion of the cleanup has been delayed.

Kingston Changes To LED Lights

Aug 14, 2019
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

In New York, the City of Kingston has completed conversion to LED lights at a dozen municipal buildings.

Courtesy of the National Weather Service, Albany

Another heat wave is gripping much of the WAMC listening area today, including the Hudson Valley and Capital Region. There is a heat advisory and the potential for another few rounds of severe pop-up thunderstorms.

Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

A utility company in New York’s Hudson Valley has awarded the State University of New York at New Paltz a grant for the Advanced Manufacturing Center.

A project that aims to further higher education, offer workforce development and help revitalize Newburgh is receiving its first influx of private funding.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A number of groups gathered across New York Tuesday to sound off on the state’s policy of valuing solar energy. They’re calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to intervene and give solar projects another option, and stem the tide of community solar projects that they say will be left in the dark.

Utility Companies Work To Restore Power In The HV

May 17, 2018
Courtesy of Central Hudson

Utility companies have been distributing dry ice and bottled water as they work to restore power to tens of thousands of customers in the Hudson Valley following Tuesday’s severe thunderstorms.

Storm Leaves Destruction In The Hudson Valley

May 16, 2018

Following Tuesday’s severe weather in the Hudson Valley, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo toured storm damage in Putnam County and delivered a recovery update Wednesday. And he spoke about two deaths in Orange County.

Central Hudson Proposal Would Lower Charges

Apr 23, 2018
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Central Hudson is proposing a new rate plan that includes the company’s first ever reduction of fixed charges. Advocates who pushed for changes to the gas and electric company’s initial proposal are calling the agreement an important victory.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It may be spring, but the recent snowstorms took their toll on utility companies across New York. Some customers were in the dark for days, and now the state Public Service Commission is investigating.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The clocks will spring ahead this weekend, but in the meantime, our region has experienced its second Nor’easter inside of a week.

A CDTA bus picks up passengers outside the WAMC studios on Albany's Central Avenue.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A major Nor'easter hit the East Coast overnight, dumping heavy wet snow with strong winds forecast throughout the day. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has the latest.

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Central Hudson Gas & Electric has a rate case before the New York state Public Service Commission. A number of local officials want to see the utility’s fixed charges lowered and have signed a letter to the PSC saying so. Meanwhile, a Central Hudson spokesman says decreasing the charges would be a step backwards.

Courtesy of DSI - DYWIDAG-Systems International

Central Hudson Gas and Electric will conduct a siren test Wednesday morning of the Sturgeon Pool Hydroelectric plant in Ulster County.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Public Service Commission has begun public hearings on Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation’s proposed electric and gas rate hikes. The PSC held the first two sessions Tuesday in Poughkeepsie where residents and legislators slammed the proposed increases.

Christopher Sessums, flickr

A utility company in the Hudson Valley has agreed to implement customer service improvements following a New York state Public Service Commission investigation. The investigation began after a low-income advocacy group alleged the company was using unfair collection practices.

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation continues to replace select natural gas lines on an accelerated basis in communities throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley. It’s part of an initiative to address aging infrastructure.

Power Outages Persist For Hudson Valley Residents

Feb 14, 2017
Courtesy of Central Hudson

Mother Nature wasn’t showing much love in the Hudson Valley Monday, whipping up winds that downed trees and power lines, causing thousands of power outages throughout the region. Though much progress has been made, there are still many customers who will have to wait until tonight or even tomorrow morning to turn on their lights.

Solar Panels

There’s a new partnership weighing in with a proposal for changing the compensation model for solar net metering. It includes a number of New York utilities and national solar companies.

Central Hudson Appoints New CEO

Mar 29, 2016
Courtesy of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

A utility company in the Hudson Valley has a new president.

Central Hudson To Roll Out Monthly Billing

Mar 16, 2016
Courtesy of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

Central Hudson customers will see a change in the frequency of billing starting this summer.


Time is running out for New York residents opposed to erecting high-voltage power towers across the scenic Hudson Valley to weigh in.


Growing demand for electricity in Westchester and New York City is having an impact on some Hudson Valley counties. Some power proposals are being reconsidered.

Close Call In Albany

Aug 7, 2015
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It was a miracle of sorts on a busy Albany street. Two light poles collapsed Tuesday afternoon, falling into traffic, but no one was hurt.

Courtesy of Central Hudson

A Hudson Valley utility company plans to offer LED streetlights to municipalities.