As a community-based organization working to create a locally based clean energy economy, CLP keeps a close watch on utility actions and policies. We participate in rate cases and state-level regulatory proceedings with the goal of protecting ratepayers, keeping energy costs down, and supporting opportunities for residents and businesses in the Mid-Hudson region to enjoy the benefits of renewable energy ownership and clean energy development.
CLP was founded in 2013 as a grassroots campaign fighting the proposed takeover of Central Hudson by Canadian multinational holding company Fortis, Inc. We mobilized widespread opposition by the public and elected leaders at all levels of government and worked closely with IBEW Local 320 and the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation (AFL-CIO). The PSC’s judges in the acquisition case called the opposition “extraordinary,” and made a rare Recommended Decision against the takeover. Although the PSC ultimately ruled in favor of the acquisition, we won concessions from Central Hudson-Fortis for labor and our communities. CLP continues to working to bring transparency and awareness to utility policies and practices, and to be a voice for communities at the PSC.