Air quality listed as unhealthy several days

The smoke lingering over the Bay Area is coming from fires burning both to the north and south of Alameda. Lightning strikes from Tropical Storm Fausto — which was churning the waters of the Pacific more than 1,000 miles away — caused most of the fires. Fausto sent a plume of clouds our way accompanied by thunder and lightning from Sunday, Aug. 16, into the early morning hours of Aug. 17.

Alameda fire crews deployed all over California, AMP responds to restore electricity to victims of Carr Fire

Both Alameda firefighters and field crew members from Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) are assisting in fighting the fires that continue to devastate California. 

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) has launched new rebates and a suite of online tools to encourage electric vehicle (EV) ownership. The new incentives are part of an overall initiative to make EVs a more viable choice. Alameda residents can earn up to $1,000 back on the purchase of an all-electric used EV. 

For plug-in hybrid EVs, rebates of up to $500 are available. Income-qualified customers enrolled in AMP’s Energy Assistance Program will qualify for an additional $500 for each of these rebates.

During the public health crisis, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) continues to maintain its excellent safety and reliability record. AMP is one of 98 of the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities to earn platinum Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) recognition from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing customers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. This is AMP’s fourth consecutive RP3 designation.

Many city services are available online and by phone and email during the statewide shelter-in-place order. 

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Building inspections, planning and permitting can be reached at For service by phone, call 747-6800 for building permits or information; 747-6805 for planning permits or information or 747-6854 for help with any problems. Applications can also be submitted online at

In light of recent events in the North Bay: wildfires likely sparked by electric equipment, public saftey power shutdowns (PSPS) and other activities by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) spurred several Alamedans to contact the Alameda Sun with questions related to the City of Alameda’s proprietary electric utility, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), founded in 1887. 

According to AMP spokesperson Kathleen Haley, AMP has responsibility for maintaining the electric equipment in Alameda. 

Thousands of Alameda residents were left without power for a few hours Sunday, Oct. 20, after a utility pole on Eagle Avenue was damaged. The power outage began at 9 a.m., according to reports. It affected about 2,700 residents on the city’s West End. 

The Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) presentation on solar panels held Aug. 13 was informative. The beginning was for clients who want to put up solar panels, detailing benefits and pitfalls. The most interesting information was toward the end, about how AMP must now cope with all the panels already put up.

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) enacted a rate increase beginning July 1. The energy charge will increase slightly for all commercial customers — the average increase is approximately 1.8 to 2.5 percent.

Alameda’s small businesses, such as law offices and accountants’ offices, will see a $1 “customer charge” increase from $28 to $29.

The state of California is taking unprecedented measures to protect all California residents and businesses from the risk of wildfire. Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) planned power outages to reduce the risk of wildfire may have broader implications on the electric grid. While Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) does not expect to have planned power shutdowns at this time, it uses PG&E’s transmission system and could potentially be impacted.