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Kingston mayor asks PSC to review Central Hudson storm response

Aug 01, 2022 12:45 am

MidHudson News is reporting Kingston Mayor Steven Noble has asked the state Public Service Commission to review Central Hudson Gas and Electric’s response to three storms responsible this year for disrupting the power in the city, namely a February ice storm and two July thunderstorm events. In a letter to the commission chair, Noble said first responders and Central Hudson crews “did a tremendous job to help restore service and protect public health and safety.” But, the mayor continued, the widespread outages during all three storms, particularly in the Lucas Avenue corridor, were not related to downed trees or wires. Noble said, “It is my understanding that these outages were due to circuit lockouts, issues with breakers, and/or other issues related to the main transmission systems." The mayor has now officially requested that the PSC “look at these past three storms to identify what if any, trends exist and to require Central Hudson, and its parent company Fortis, make whatever necessary improvements are required to create a more stable and redundant system in light of our changing climate.” Read the full story at MidHudsonNews [dot] com.