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Submitted by on 1, April 20, 2009 – 5:50 amNo Comment

Last year's label

Just in time for Earth Week, the folks over at Alameda Municipal Power have released their 2008 Power Source Disclosure Program annual report, which lists how much of our power the utility gets from a variety of sources. It’s kind of an ingredient list for your power, if you will (and that’s last year’s label, to your left).

According to the folks at AMP, 55 percent of our power comes from sources that are considered renewable by the state’s energy commission (think landfill gas, geothermal, small hydroelectric, solar and wind) – a number that, while a little lower than hoped, may still be the highest in the state.

Another 22 percent of the power from the power company that calls itself the “Greenest Little Utility in America” comes from large hydroelectric projects, meaning that 77 percent of our energy comes from carbon-free sources. And the utility’s staff writes that more projects will come on-line this year, possibly driving that number up to 85 percent for 2009.

“AMP’s high level of eligible renewables is anticipated to exceed that of any other utility system in the state,” utility analyst Brad Wetstone wrote in a staff report to be presented to the city’s Public Utilities Board at its meeting tonight.

In case you’re curious, here’s what’s on the label (which, I’ll note, adds up to more than 100 percent):


Biomass and waste: 7%

Geothermal: 40%

Small hydroelectric: 2%

Solar electric: <1%

Wind: 6%

Coal: 10%

Large hydroelectric: 22%

Natural gas: 13%

Nuclear: 1%

Other: <1%

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