Citizens for Local Power has taken on the question of whether our utility, Central Hudson, should be taken over by the Canadian firm Fortis. Here’s what they have to say: “The proposed Central Hudson/Fortis merger does nothing to promote a sustainable energy future for the Hudson Valley. Ultimately the acquisition will make a few high-level CH executives and shareholders very rich, while ratepayers bear the costs of the sale and have service severely eroded while rates rise. Fortis is a Canadian holding company with a bad environmental history and reputation, which will reduce the quality of service by outsourcing work. Local union members from IBEW will lose jobs.”
They have organized a public discussion so the community can learn more, and be empowered to submit comments to the Public Service Commission. It will be held Wed., April 10, 7pm-9pm at the Elmendorph Inn, 7562 Route 9 in Red Hook. Then you will be empowered to speak at two more public hearings scheduled by the Public Service Commission, 4/17, 7 pm in Poughkeepsie and 4/18, 7pm in Kingston.
Citizens for Local Power has released that the proposed takeover was unanimously opposed by resolution of the Ulster County Legislature and the Towns of Rosendale, Woostock and New Paltz. IBEW Local Union 320 which represents the Central Hudson workers, the Public Utility Law Project (PULP), NYS Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, State Senators Terry Gipson and Cecilia Tkaczyk, Ulster County Comptroller Elliot Auerback and hundreds of others forcefully oppose the takeover.
Lastly, you can read more and submit comments: http://www3.dps.ny.gov/W/PSCWeb.nsf/All/46CD80CE06E8F1B585257B3C0057EFFE?OpenDocument
Comments are due by May 1.