News 2015


October 1, 2015

Why Public Power Matters

By Glenn Steiger

What does tiny Alameda have in common with big cities like Los Angeles, Orlando, Seattle and San Antonio? They are all powered by community-owned electric utilities. In 1887, Alameda’s Board of Trustees (the predecessor to today’s City Council) voted to enter the power business. City leaders believed that, like public schools, parks, hospitals, police and fire departments, community-owned power addressed a basic community need: electricity as an essential public service. Even then, our little town was setting trends.


September 17, 2015

Solar for the Other 75 Percent

By Glenn Steiger

I remember visiting my daughter earlier this year in New York City. We walked around this vast city and took in the sights of Manhattan. It had everything you’d expect from a busy metropolitan hub including taxis, skyscrapers, shopping and lots of people. But what caught my attention was something else: the Clinton Community Garden. Here neighbors share the land, share the work and reap the benefits of home-grown produce. Shared space combined with shared resources and a common goal is a powerful combination. I began to think about how Alameda might create its own community garden to produce not food, but solar energy.

September 14, 2015

AMP Announces Topic of Next Town Hall: Community Solar

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) announced today that it will host the second in its series of town hall meetings on the future of energy on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. at Alameda City Hall Council Chambers. At this meeting, AMP seeks to gauge interest in community solar as an option for customers who might not otherwise have access to solar as an energy choice.

September 14, 2015

Alameda Municipal Power Assures Customers that Energy Supply Remains Safe Amidst Fires

As fires rage in Northern California, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) wants to assure its customers that its energy supply in the area remains secure and that customers should have no worries about AMP keeping the lights on.

September 9, 2015

AMP Seeks Applicants for Underground Utilities District Nomination Board

Alameda, Calif.- Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) is soliciting applications for its Underground Utilities District (UUD) Nomination Board. This Board will be responsible for recommending a set of districts where, through a long-term multi-year project, AMP’s overhead electric facilities will be placed underground in Alameda.

July 16, 2015

Alameda Municipal Power Begins LED Streetlight Conversion Project

Alameda, Calif.- Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) will begin converting in late July over 3,000 of the city’s high-pressure sodium streetlights to energy-efficient LEDs (light-emitting diodes), saving the city an estimated $198,000 per year in electric costs and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

NEWS -- July 13, 2015

AMP Warns Customers of Door-to-Door Scam

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) is warning customers today that someone impersonating a utility representative may be going door to door in an attempt to collect on electric bills.


Electric Rates will Increase on July 1

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Beginning July 1, new electric rates will go into effect for most residential and commercial customers in the City of Alameda. While the rate increase averages 4.6 percent for all residential and commercial customers, the percentage of the increase will vary depending on the customer’s rate class.


Public Utilities Board Approves FY 2016 Budget

ALAMEDA, Calif. – At its regular meeting on June 15, the City of Alameda’s Public Utilities Board approved Alameda Municipal Power’s (AMP) $62.5 million budget for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The Board also approved a transfer of $2.8 million to the City of Alameda’s General Fund.


OP-ED - June 15, 2015

Who Owns Alameda's Energy Future? You Do.

By Glenn Steiger

Nearly a year ago, I took the helm at Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), and since then I’ve grown to admire so much about this electric utility and the island community that’s been supporting it since 1887. There’s a reason why this publicly owned utility is ranked top in the state for reliability, safety and customer service with a renewable energy portfolio that’s one of the strongest in the country—and that reason is you, Alameda’s residents and businesses.



Alameda Municipal Power to Host Series of Town Hall Meetings
on the Future of Energy

Alameda, Calif. -- Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) announced today that it will host a "series of town hall meetings over the next six months on the future of energy. The purpose of the meetings is to engage the community in a dialog about the challenges and opportunities the utility is facing in regard to climate change, increased regulation, an aging electric grid, and the rise of and integration into the electric grid of solar, wind turbines and battery storage.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 22, 2015

AMP to Launch Pilot to Test New Meter Technology

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) today announced the launch of a pilot project that will integrate advanced meters in Alameda’s 300 largest businesses, as part of the utility’s long-term initiative to modernize the city’s electric grid.

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