The City Council approved placing the Utility Modernization Act on the November ballot. The measure passed 4-1. Mayor Trish Spencer cast the lone dissenting vote.
The act has two main proponents. The first modernizes language to update the existing Utility Users Tax. The second confirms the annual transfer of funds from Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) to the city.
This provision protects core city services without raising tax rates, according to the city’s press release.
Alameda’s community-owned utility Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), announced its general manager, Glenn Steiger, will retire effective Sept. 2. Steiger has served since 2014.
During his tenure, he launched AMP’s implementation of smart meters, increased the utility’s financial stability through balanced budgeting, introduced a local “microgrid” concept for Alameda Point’s electric system and developed a comprehensive five-year strategic plan.
The city of Alameda’s effort to move overhead power lines and equipment underground, is the focus of a new District Nomination Board. Composed of four members of the public and one member of the Public Works Department, the board holds its initial meeting tonight.
At the April 18 Public Utilities Board (PUB) meeting, members approved a 5 percent overall rate hike to customers of Alameda Municipal Power (AMP). The PUB decided these funds would be used to maintain reliable service while replacing aging infrastructure. The increase will go into effect Friday, July 1.
According to AMP, the increased rates are still 18.6 percent below the average rate charged by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in other Bay Area cities.
If California is to meet its Renewable Portfolio Standards, utilities will need an environmentally friendly, cost effective way to store renewable power and dispatch it to the grid when needed. Amber Kinetics, a vertically integrated manufacturer and project developer of grid-scale energy storage systems, recently partnered with Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) to test the viability of using flywheels for energy storage.
Amber Kinetics connected its Alameda Point Test Site with AMP’s grid in February, and has now begun testing of its flywheel units.