Kingston mayor asks PSC to investigate Central Hudson’s system stability and redundancy

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KINGSTON – Mayor Steven Noble has asked the State Public Service Commission to look at Central Hudson Gas and Electric’s response to three storms this year that have disrupted power in the City of Kingston – a February ice storm and two July thunderstorms.

In a letter to the PSC chairman, he said first responders and Central Hudson crews “did a tremendous job to help restore service and protect public health and safety.” But the mayor said the widespread outages during all three storms, particularly in the Lucas Avenue corridor, were not necessarily related to downed trees or wires.

“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.

Therefore, the mayor 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 requires to create a more stable and redundant system in light of our changing climate.”