Electric rates to rise

Electric rates to rise

Michele Ellson
Alameda Municipal Power

Photo courtesy of Alameda Municipal Power.

Alameda Municipal Power wants its two dollars (and 25 cents).

The Public Utilities Board voted Monday to raise electric rates effective July 1 as the final part of a five-year program of rate increases designed to cover rising power and transmission costs. Most residents will pay an additional $2.25 a month, which equals a 4.5 percent increase for the average household, while commercial rates will go up 0.125 percent, the utility announced this week.

Even with the new charges, local electric rates are lower than those in neighboring cities, the utility announced – 21 percent lower for residents and 13 percent for businesses.

The rate increases began in 2010.

Separately, the utility announced plans to install 1,600 feet of conduit to improve electric service to Coast Guard Island. There will be no on-street parking on Grand Street between Clement Avenue and the boat ramp while construction takes place on today, Friday, Monday and Tuesday, and no access to the boat ramp. Access to Fortmann Way will not be affected by the construction.

A bore hole will be drilled under the Oakland/Alameda Estuary between Coast Guard Island and Alameda, and the conduit will be assembled along Clement Street near Ohlone, Paru and Hibbard streets along the recently cleared Chipman warehouse property.

Alameda Municipal Power is also seeking artists to transform Park Street utility boxes through a pilot Power Box Art program. The utility is inviting artists who live or work in Alameda to submit art that shows how the community can reduce its carbon footprint; a panel of judges will select 10 designs, including one student design, to wrap around transformer boxes.

Winners will receive a $500 honorarium and their work will be featured in a show at Rhythmix Cultural Works. The art center and the Park Street Business Association are helping to coordinate the program.

The deadline for submitting designs is June 16, and winners will be announced on July 2; additional information is available on Alameda Municipal Power’s website.


Submitted by Keith Nealy (not verified) on Sat, Apr 26, 2014

Can someone explain why residential customers get a 4.5% raise and commercial customers only 0.125%? What's the rationale for this?