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.
On behalf of Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), I would like to clarify remarks about AMP made by Jeffery Smith in his commentary ("The Great AMP Lightbulb Caper," Aug. 27).
Smith’s assertion on the number of AMP employees it takes to change a lightbulb was certainly amusing reading, but it was also false. We were not merely changing a lightbulb; we were replacing an entire streetlight, including the pole and electrical connections that had been hit by a drunk driver. Moreover, by the time Mayor Trish Spencer contacted me, the streetlight repair had already begun.
Alameda Municipal Power’s General Manager Glenn Steiger will be the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Alameda meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at noon at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. The topic will be, "AMP: What’s Next?"
"Your local green utility, AMP, will be embarking on some exciting new initiatives over the next few years," said Steiger. "While they will continue our progress toward a greener Alameda, some will also transition us to a new level of customer-focused technology."