NEWS -- April 22, 2014

Public Utilities Board Approves Electric Rate Increase

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The City of Alameda’s Public Utilities Board last night unanimously approved the fifth year of Alameda Municipal Power’s (AMP) five-year rate adjustment plan for all customers. The average overall increase of 2 percent will be reflected on electric bills beginning July 1, 2014.

The actual percentage of the increase will vary depending on the customer’s rate class. Nearly all residential customers will see a $2.25 increase to the customer charge with no change to the electric charge. Commercial customers will see an increase of 0.125 percent to overall electric rates.

AMP continues to offer residential rates that average nearly 21 percent lower than neighboring cities like San Leandro and Berkeley and commercial rates that average nearly 13 percent lower. AMP also provides electricity that is far more reliable than that of its neighboring communities.

The five-year rate adjustment plan was the result of a financial assessment in 2010 that showed that revenue increases were needed due to higher power transmission costs not controlled by AMP, replacement of a long-term power contract expiring in 2014 with a new contract that is significantly more expensive, and increased operating expenses.

This year’s rate increase is also the result of a cost-of-service analysis that AMP conducted in 2012 and updated recently to determine the costs of providing electricity and service to various customer classes. The results of the analysis found that AMP’s residential and commercial rate classes require adjustments to ensure that the costs of providing service are fairly distributed across customer rate classes.

AMP offers a number of energy efficiency programs and rebates to help customers save money and conserve energy. Additionally, customers who are having trouble paying their utility bills can get help through a variety of financial assistance programs offers by AMP. Information is available on AMP’s website.

Contact: Rebecca Irwin Alameda Municipal Power Phone: 510-814-6419

Email: irwin@alamedamp.com

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