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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.

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.

PSC Institutes Rate Hike Plan For Con Edison

Jan 21, 2020
Courtesy of Con Edison

The New York state Public Service Commission has approved a rate hike for Con Edison. The three-year plan approval is for an amount far less than what the utility proposed, but there is still opposition among Westchester customers.

Ground Source Heat Pump, courtesy of NYSERDA

New York state is moving forward with a Clean Energy Action Plan for Westchester County. It’s meant provide immediate relief to the county’s businesses and residents impacted by Con Edison’s moratorium on natural gas hookups.

With winter approaching, municipal officials in Westchester County met this week with the president of Con Edison to see what measures the utility company is implementing to avoid a repeat of March. That was when two storms left thousands in the region without power for days.  In May, a coalition of Westchester leaders presented Con Ed with a report that contained recommendations. Con Ed says it is responding.

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.

A New York state Senate hearing on storm response and preparedness is set for next week. Two state Senators from the Hudson Valley had called for the hearing following winter storms in early March that left large portions of their districts in the dark.

Following two massive snowstorms that left large portions of the Hudson Valley in the dark, elected officials, from Congress to town supervisors, have berated utility companies that serve the lower Hudson Valley for their response to the first storm. Westchester County Executive George Latimer is calling for the CEOs of two power companies to step down.

Two New York state senators from the Hudson Valley are calling for a hearing on utility companies’ response to the storm that left large portions of the Hudson Valley in the dark.

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.

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.