Citizens for Local Power helps communities in the Mid-Hudson Region transition to a locally-based, clean energy economy.



New York's Mid-Hudson Valley is experiencing a moment of unique opportunity for positive change on energy issues.

The devastation caused by Irene, Lee, and Superstorm Sandy; the unpopular June 2013 takeover of the local utility, Central Hudson, by Canadian holding company Fortis; the rising cost of energy imposed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the form of a New Capacity Zone (NCZ); the threat of “monster towers” despoiling our countryside; frequent natural-gas-driven energy price spikes; the new ban on hydro-fracking for natural gas; and the freight trains carrying crude oil along banks of the Hudson every day have combined to create a sense of public concern, outrage, and desire for concrete action. Simultaneously, an effort by the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) to reform the energy regulatory framework is opening up interesting new possibilities for communities to gain greater control over their energy future.


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