Alameda My Word: AMP working to reduce Island's carbon footprint

By Madeline Deaton, My Word. 

Back in the 1990s, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) was one of the first utilities to invest heavily in renewable power. And since then, we've all been justifiably proud of our "Greenest Little Utility" reputation.

In 2011, California adopted a Renewables Portfolio Standard, or RPS, that requires electric utilities to buy a growing percentage of their electricity from qualified renewable sources by 2020. Because AMP's renewable portfolio is so strong, our utility not only exceeds the RPS, but is in a position to sell -- on a short-term basis -- some of its renewable energy to other utilities struggling to achieve compliance.