FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Energy Program to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Benefit Low-Income Customers
At its regular meeting on May 20, the city’s Public Utilities Board approved the program, which includes installation of energy-saving upgrades at eligible customers’ homes.
Under the program, customers currently enrolled in AMP’s Energy Assistance Program will qualify to receive free upgrades at their homes including whole-house weatherization, efficient LED lighting, advanced power strips and refrigerator replacement. AMP estimates that the program will save more than 660,000 kilowatt hours of energy, which is the same as avoiding emissions from 99 cars driven for one year.
“AMP is excited to launch this energy-saving program which simultaneously benefits our low-income customers and the environment,” AMP General Manager Nicolas Procos said. “The program will make a real difference for customers who are struggling to make ends meet.”
A key focus of the 18-month program is customer education. Compared to other customers, AMP’s low-income customers typically spend a higher percentage of their income on their energy bills and live in older homes with less efficient appliances. Energy-saving programs targeted toward low-income households can help address affordability by providing lighting and appliance upgrades and energy education, resulting in lower energy use at home and lower electric bills.
The program will be funded by prior short-term sales of some of AMP’s renewable energy credits (RECs). The Public Utilities Board designates these funds solely for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with electricity use in Alameda.
Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) is a department of the city of Alameda that has served residents and businesses for 132 years. AMP provides power to more than 34,000 customers at rates that average 17 percent below neighboring communities.
Contact: Kathleen Haley
Alameda Municipal Power