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.
In order to ensure access based on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the front lot of Alameda Municipal Power’s (AMP) Service Center at 2000 Grand St. will be closed to vehicle parking for repaving from Friday, July 22, through Saturday, July 23. During this time, electric vehicle charging stations and payment boxes located in the parking lot will also be inaccessible.
The service center will remain open and customers can use the sidewalk on Grand Street to reach the front entrance.
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.
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.