Alameda has its' own independent electric
utility, separate from PG&E present elsewhere in Bay Area cities.
ALAMEDA, Calif., Jan. 12, 2001 — While consumers throughout
Northern California prepare for economic impacts resulting from the
state’s electric-power crisis, residents and businesses in Alameda
are being reassured that they will be largely immune from the problem.
Decision Not to Deregulate Provides Stability
"We chose not to subject Alamedans to the fluctuations of
the open market for electric power by deregulating. The result has
been fiscal stability for our operations at a time when there has been
great instability in the electric utility industry." The utility
has been providing electric power to Alameda for 113 years, making it
the oldest municipally owned electric utility in California.
Alameda Power & Telecom is part of the Northern California
Power Agency (NCPA), a consortium of municipally owned electric
utility companies that maintains its own power-generating geothermal
and hydroelectric facilities. "The benefit to us is that we’re
self-sufficient in terms of power generation. We don’t have to buy
electricity on the open market." "As part of the grid,
we’re subject to the impacts of state-wide power shortages caused by
extraordinary circumstances such as the abnormally cold winter we’re
"There have been no increases in our rates."
Founded in 1887, Alameda Power & Telecom is the municipal utility
serving approximately 32,000 customers in Alameda.
ALAMEDA, Calif., May, 7 2001 — In order to protect our customers
from rolling blackouts, Alameda Power & Telecom has instituted a
comprehensive Power Management Program.
Alameda Power & Telecom's Power Management Program includes both
emergency supplemental power generation and customer conservation and
energy management. Four emergency generators, totaling up to 6
megawatts of power, are now available to reduce the demand our
community places on the State's electric system. This emergency
generation, coupled with continued customer conservation, should meet
any State energy reduction mandates.
Energy reserves within the State are expected to remain low, and
Alameda Power & Telecom expects that the California Independent
System Operator will continue Stage Alerts for the indefinite future.
A catastrophic failure on the State's transmission system or other
significant event could cause the State to mandate reductions in
excess of approximately 10%. In the unlikely event that Alameda
cannot avoid rolling blackouts, they would begin with Outage Zone 2.
Rates more stable
A separate utility just for
Self sufficient power supply
Founded in 1887, oldest municipal
utility in CA
Owns geothermal and hydroelectric
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