NEWS RELEASE: IBEW LOCAL ENDORSES CENTRAL HUDSON MERGER WITH FOR

     (The following press release from IBEW was received by e-mail. The sender 
verified the statement.) 
Union Endorses Agreement Following Additional Commitments to Enhance Service, 
Job Security 
(Poughkeepsie, NY) Following additional commitments from Central Hudson Gas & 
Electric Corporation and Fortis Inc. to further protect and create jobs in 
order to enhance service to customers, the leadership of Local 320 of the 
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has endorsed the merger between 
the two companies. Specifics of the agreement will be voted on by the union 
membership later this week. 
"Our members are committed to serving our customers here in the 
Hudson Valley, and we look forward to a positive working relationship as part 
of the Fortis federation of utilities now that we have agreed upon mutually 
beneficial elements of the merger," said John P. Kaiser, President of Local 
320. 
"We greatly value our relationship with the members of the 
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, who are equally committed to 
the customers and communities we serve," said Steven V. Lant, Chairman of the 
Board and C.E.O. of Central Hudson. "The merger offers  nearly $50 million in 
benefits for our customers, a one-year rate freeze, increased performance 
requirements, a commitment to continue our strong support for local community 
organizations - -and now, additional protections for employees. It is clearly 
in the best interest of all, and we welcome the IBEW's endorsement of this 
exciting new chapter in our company's history." 
Central Hudson's relationship with the IBEW dates to January 1945, and there 
has never been a layoff nor a stop-work dispute between the utility and its 
unionized workers during the 70 years since, Lant and Kaiser noted. 
"We are very pleased that we have been able to provide this added job security 
to the unionized workforce at Central Hudson," said Fortis Chief Financial 
Officer Barry Perry. "We recognize their critical importance to our successful 
future, just as we value the contributions of the IBEW members who serve in the 
utilities we operate across Canada."  
Among the key commitments reached between the union and the company: 
-          An agreement to extend the current labor agreement one year to April 
30, 2017; 
-          A "no layoff" commitment to effectively provide four years of job 
protection; and 
-          A deal to retain critical service-oriented job functions within the 
union and to add positions that will strengthen service to customers, while 
providing growth opportunities to Local 320. 
All elements of the agreement are contingent upon the successful closing of the 
merger between Central Hudson's parent company CH Energy Group and Fortis. For 
additional information regarding the many benefits of the merger, visit 
www.CentralHudson.com. 
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About CH Energy Group, Inc.: CH Energy Group, Inc. is predominantly a regulated 
transmission and distribution utility, headquartered in Poughkeepsie, NY. 
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation serves approximately 300,000 electric 
and about 75,000 natural gas customers in eight counties of New York State's 
Mid-Hudson River Valley, delivering natural gas and electricity in a 
2,600-square-mile service territory that extends north from the suburbs of 
metropolitan New York City to the Capital District at Albany. CH Energy Group 
also operates Central Hudson Enterprises Corporation (CHEC), a non-regulated 
subsidiary composed primarily of Griffith Energy Services, which supplies 
energy products and services to approximately 56,000 customers in the 
Mid-Atlantic Region, as well as several renewable energy investments. 
Forward-Looking Statements - 
Statements included in this news release and any documents incorporated by 
reference which are not historical in nature are intended to be, and are hereby 
identified as, "forward-looking statements" for purposes of the safe harbor 
provided by Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Forward-looking statements may be 
identified by words including "anticipates," "intends," "estimates," 
"believes," "projects," "expects," "plans," "assumes," "seeks," and similar 
expressions. Forward-looking statements including, without limitation, those 
relating to CH Energy Group's and Central Hudson's future business prospects, 
revenues, proceeds, working capital, investment valuations, liquidity, income, 
and margins, as well as the acquisition by a subsidiary of Fortis Inc. and the 
expected timing of the transaction, are subject to certain risks and 
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those 
indicated in the forward-looking statements, due to several important factors, 
including those identified from time to time in the forward-looking statements. 
Those factors include, but are not limited to: the possibility that various 
conditions precedent to the consummation of the proposed Fortis transaction 
will not be satisfied or waived including regulatory approvals of the proposed 
Fortis transaction on the timing and terms thereof; the impact of delay or 
failure to complete the proposed Fortis transaction on CH Energy Group stock 
price; deviations from normal seasonal weather and storm activity; fuel prices; 
energy supply and demand; potential future acquisitions; legislative, 
regulatory, and competitive developments; interest rates; access to capital; 
market risks; electric and natural gas industry restructuring and cost 
recovery; the ability to obtain adequate and timely rate relief; changes in 
fuel supply or costs including future market prices for energy, capacity, and 
ancillary services; the success of strategies to satisfy electricity, natural 
gas, fuel oil, and propane requirements; the outcome of pending litigation and 
certain environmental matters, particularly the status of inactive hazardous 
waste disposal sites and waste site remediation requirements; and certain 
presently unknown or unforeseen factors, including, but not limited to, acts of 
terrorism. CH Energy Group and Central Hudson undertake no obligation to update 
publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new 
information, future events, or otherwise. Given these uncertainties, undue 
reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements. 
Additional Information about the Fortis Transaction and Where to Find It 
In connection with the proposed acquisition of CH Energy Group by Fortis, CH 
Energy Group filed a definitive proxy statement with the SEC on May 9, 2012, 
and has filed other relevant materials with the SEC as well. Investors and 
security holders of CH Energy Group are urged to read the proxy statement and 
other relevant materials filed with the SEC because they contain important 
information about the proposed acquisition and related matters. Investors and 
stock shareholders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement and other 
documents filed by CH Energy Group, at the SEC's Web site, www.sec.gov. These 
documents can also be obtained by investors and stockholders free of charge 
from CH Energy Group at CH Energy Group's website at www.chenergygroup.com, or 
by contacting CH Energy Group's Shareholder Relations Department at (845) 
486-5204.
 
 
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