November 16, 2010 – NEWS
Governor Announces AMP Winner of 2010 Top Environmental Leadership Award
Alameda, Calif., November 16, 2010 – Last evening, Governor Schwarzenegger announced that Alameda Municipal Power has won the 2010 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for its “From Trash To Treasure – Alameda Municipal Power’s Landfill-Gas-To-Energy Utilization Project.
”GEELA is California's highest and most prestigious environmental honor. The award program recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership for voluntary achievements in conserving California’s resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, and building public-private partnerships.
“This honor recognizes AMP’s commitment to developing socially responsible and environmentally friendly practices that promote environmental protection and economic growth,” said Greg Hamm, President of the City of Alameda’s Public Utilities Board. “AMP has committed to our families, neighbors, and community to protect our natural resources and environment for generations to come.”
AMP’s interest in protecting the environment and drawing on landfills as a renewable energy resource dates back to the mid 1970s. Of the technologies available to capitalize on these resources, methane capture carries a unique combination of economy, efficiency, and environmental benefit. Beginning in 2001, AMP began actively seeking methane capture opportunities to incorporate in its power portfolio. AMP first received power from the West Contra County Landfill in 2005. Today, AMP takes power from four landfill-gas-to-energy plants, with an additional agreement pending execution, and other landfill gas options being pursued. About 20% of the power consumed in Alameda is generated by landfill-gas-to-energy facilities.
AMP continues to be a leader in the industry with an impressive renewable power portfolio that exceeds State mandates and consists of 61% State “eligible renewable” and approximately 77% total renewable resources.
GEELA award recipients are chosen in ten different categories based on their strength in eight specific areas including results, transferability, environmental impact, resource conservation, economic progress, innovation and uniqueness, pollution prevention, and environmental justice. AMP was one of only 13 recipients that received awards last night at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit #3 in Davis and was awarded leadership excellence in the Climate Change category.
The Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards program was established in 1993. The award program is administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Natural Resources Agency in collaboration with the State and Consumer Services Agency, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.
Please visit www.alamedamp.comfor more information about AMP’s uniquely clean and renewable power portfolio.