The one renewable resource that Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) doesn’t get credit for is the never-ending stream of exaggerated claims about its green credentials. Look closer at its policies on solar power, selling off “extra” renewable power, local power generation and the health of our state’s rivers and streams as they relate to hydropower. You’ll find shortcomings that don’t match the rhetoric.
Last year, AMP changed its rate structure for rooftop solar to make it less favorable for owners of new installations. In May, the financial incentives were again reduced.
Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) staffer Bill Garvine attended last Saturday’s Big Truck Bonanza with his daughter-in-law Tanya Garvine and his grandchildren, two-month-old Dakota and three-year-old Huston. Huston had fun exploring the parking lot behind City Hall filled with fire trucks and engines, police vehicles and trucks from AMP and Public Works, including a street sweeper, a derrick digger, a bucket truck and a backhoe. Staff from each department were on hand to answer questions and keep the children safe.
Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) is taking steps to transform its service with the launch of a new technology program called Energy inView. Beginning next month, AMP’s meter-installation contractor, Professional Meters, Inc. will begin replacing the traditional analog meters with Smart Meters, which are capable of two-way communication between customers and AMP.
AMP expects to complete installation for all its residential and commercial customers by December 2017. The utility will notify customers prior to their scheduled meter upgrades.
City Manager Jill Keimach announced yesterday the appointment of Nicolas Procos as general manager of Alameda Municipal Power (AMP). He replaces Glenn Steiger, who retired in August. Procos will step into his new job on Feb. 22. He has more than 17 years of experience with electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber optic utilities.
The Underground Utilities District Nomination Board has recommended that Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) move overhead utility lines below ground in seven areas. The board began meeting in June 2016 and completed its work last month. Board members reviewed dozens of areas before they voted to recommend undergrounding in the following seven locations:
Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) has been talking about developing a community solar facility in Alameda for several years. Funding for such a project will be available starting next year. The former city trash dump next to the Bay Farm Bridge is the perfect location. Now is the time for our Public Utilities Board (PUB) to launch the effort.
Alameda has championed innovation since 1887, when the city formed its own public electric utility to power 13 streetlights. Our community was a pioneer in the new world of electricity — we developed a 90-kW generating station only five years after the first commercial energy station was established by Thomas Edison in 1882. As we plan for the future of energy in Alameda today, we can look back to Alameda Municipal Power’s (AMP) beginnings for inspiration.