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.
Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) will increase its rates, on average, 2.5 percent on July 1. The Public Utilities Board approved the increase at its regular meeting on April 15.
According to the release announcing the increase, AMP’s rates will still average approximately 16.5 percent lower than those in neighboring communities. Typical AMP residential customers with average bills of $63 can expect to see $2 tacked on to those bills.
Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) is warning customers of a phone scam. The municipally owned utility has received reports that scammers are impersonating its employees and demanding immediate payment from customers. In addition, AMP received a report of a caller falsely claiming to be a PG&E employee who was collecting payments for AMP.
At its Jan. 28 meeting, the city of Alameda’s Public Utilities Board approved a long-term plan for AMP that reflects the community’s environmental and business goals.
Over the past year, residents, business leaders, developers, environmental advocates and AMP staff worked to create a new, five-year strategic plan for the community-owned utility. Goals include: addressing climate change, maintaining competitive energy rates and ensuring that AMP continues to attract a talented workforce.
Just last month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring the state to obtain 60 percent of its electricity from clean sources — such as wind, solar and hydropower — by 2030 and 100 percent by 2045. While I applaud California for taking this momentous step in response to climate change, I also congratulate you, Alameda’s residents and businesses, for taking this same great step long ago.