February 1, 2017
Central Hudson, Your Partner in Business
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is strongly involved in promoting the Hudson Valley through economic development programs, maintains and operates the region’s electric and natural gas systems, offers energy-saving efficiency incentives and supports local community service organizations.
Central Hudson is a regulated transmission and distribution utility company serving approximately 300,000 electric and 79,000 natural gas customers in a 2,600 square mile service area covering portions of eight counties of New York State’s Mid-Hudson Valley region. Within Putnam County, Central Hudson provides electric service to approximately 5,100 homes and businesses in Philpstown, Cold Spring, Nelsonville, and Garrison, and natural gas service to approximately 1,300 customers in Carmel and Mahopac. In addition to electricity and natural gas services, Central Hudson offers a wide scope of energy efficiency incentives and services for homes and businesses, including rebates for high efficiency heating and cooling systems and turnkey lighting upgrades for offices, businesses, school districts and municipalities.
Central Hudson is also a New York state and national leader in promoting solar energy, ranking in the top 5 percent nationally in customer-sited solar installations on a per capita basis within the energy company’s service territory, and is among the highest in New York State. More than 6,300 Central Hudson customers had installed solar energy systems, representing 59 megawatts of capacity with the potential to offset more than 25,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
Investment in the energy delivery systems
Central Hudson is investing more than $900 million in the electric and natural gas delivery systems from 2016 through 2021, to improve service reliability, address aging infrastructure, and help modernize the local grid by improving system efficiency and enabling greater use of distributed resources, such as solar and wind energy.
Economic development programs
To support the local economy, Central Hudson participates with economic development organizations and was instrumental in forming the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation in 2002 and Pattern for Progress in 1965. Central Hudson is a member of the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation and an employee currently serves on the board.
Central Hudson provides grants and incentives to promote the economy of the region, contributing $12 million to support local projects, partnering with more than 30 organizations. Grants of up to $200,000 are available for job creation, job retention, use of shovel-ready sites, building revitalization and wired innovation centers.
Energy Efficiency programs
Central Hudson’s energy efficiency services provide customers with value-added options including rebates, incentives and turn-key programs. In addition, these programs and services provide other private companies and local contractors with business opportunities, such as sales and installation of high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment and high efficiency lighting. Many of our commercial customers in the county have already taken advantage of our programs and are now saving energy and money including Old Souls in Cold Spring, St. Paul’s Friary in Garrison, and the Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
These programs include incentives and rebates for high efficiency air conditioners and heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, programmable thermostats and upgraded lighting Residential and business customers served by Central Hudson are together saving tens of millions of dollars in energy costs annually since these incentives began in 2009, and are offsetting million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
Residents and businesses are converting their fuel-oil heating systems to clean-burning natural gas, and Central Hudson is actively working with customers to facilitate these conversions by selectively extending gas mains into neighborhoods and providing turn-key services. The average residential home can save $2,000 in annual energy bills, and commercial customers substantially more, and natural gas reduces emissions as compared to fuel oil by more than 30 percent.
To learn more visit www.CentralHudson.com
Contact: Alana Mikhalevsky
Project Manager- Business Development
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation