Public Utilities Board

At its regular meeting, Monday, April 15, the Public Utilities Board (PUB) will consider a proposal to increase electric rates for commercial and residential customers. If approved by the board, the average increase of 1.8 to 2.5 percent for commercial customers would go into effect on July 1, 2019.

 

Our electric company may be publicly owned, but public participation is down because it requires too much energy.

 

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.

 

One of the issues we are facing at our next Public Utilities Board (PUB) meeting is how to fairly pay rooftop solar customers for the excess energy they send to the grid. In Alameda, about 350 people have rooftop solar at their homes, representing about 1 percent of Alameda Municipal Power’s (AMP) 35,000 customers. It’s a complicated issue, and one that affects all Alamedans who pay an electric bill.

 

The regular meeting of the Public Utilities Board set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, has been canceled. The next regular Public Utilities Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.

 

 

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. 

 

The City Council is soliciting applications from residents who would like to serve on the some of the city’s boards and commissions. There is one vacancy each on the Civil Service Board, the Golf Commission, the Planning Board, the Transportation Commission and the Public Utilities Board. 

The registered architect’s seat is open on the Historical Advisory Board. The Housing Authority Board has three vacancies, one of the seats must be filled by a senior citizen. The Public Art Commission and the Social Service Human Relations Board each has two vacancies.