OP ED -- October 3, 2013
Public Power: It’s Still a Good Value for Alameda
by Girish Balachandran, AMP general manager
We rely on electricity nearly every minute of the day, to light our homes, power our computers, TVs, and appliances, and fuel our cars. In fact, it’s hard to think of a product, service or process that doesn’t use electricity. And it’s a good value. Nationwide, electricity still accounts for less than 3 percent of annual household expenditures—a percentage that hasn’t changed in over 25 years. But beyond paying your bill and cursing the rare outage, how much do you really know about the local electric utility that serves our island community?