Alamedans polluted less in 2010 than they did five years earlier, the results of a new study show.
Emissions of carbon dioxide and other air pollutants dropped 8 percent over that time, the 2010 Community-Wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory estimates, putting Alameda on track to meet the city’s reduction target of 25 percent by 2020. But some are questioning whether the numbers will hold as the nation emerges from a recession that likely reduced the car trips that are responsible for much of the pollution, and they say that much more needs to be done. Read more >> about Pollution drops in Alameda
In 1887, the City of Alameda took ownership of one of the nation’s first municipal power plants. And even then, the utility generated controversy. The city’s price tag for purchasing the 90-kilowatt plant from Jenney Electric Company, which was building plants all over the country and had constructed this one at the corner of Park Street and Otis Drive, was $40,000 – twice its contracted construction cost. Read more >> about Alameda Municipal Power celebrates 125th birthday
Alameda’s Public Utilities Board has agreed to shelve a controversial program to move utility wires underground in order to facilitate an overhaul of the program. The decision followed a 10-month review sparked by concerns over plans for a new underground utility district along and around Webster Street.
Managers at Alameda Municipal Power are set to engage in a massive planning effort to prepare the 125-year-old utility and its workforce for changes in the technology it will use to deliver electricity to homes and businesses.
Those issues will be wrapped into a Public Utilities Board workshop on the utility’s budget to be held at 4 p.m. Monday in the Regina K. Stafford room at the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street. The board will also hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, where it will consider the third of five annual rate increases. Read more >> about Utility's leaders discuss a budget - and the future