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Alameda Municipal Power wins state’s top environmental award

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Alameda Municipal Power has won the state’s top environmental award for its efforts to create renewable energy, the utility and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced this week.

The utility was one of 13 recipients of the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. AMP won the honor for keeping more than a million metric tons of carbon dioxide out of our air by converting methane gas at four landfills into energy, a release from Schwarzenegger’s press office said.

“These companies are true leaders,” California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Linda Adams said. “They prove that we can make the move to a thriving green economy and that going green is good for the pocketbook and the environment.”

Power generated from landfill gas accounts for 20 percent of the utility’s portfolio. Some 77 percent of AMP’s power comes from renewable sources, the utility said.

“This honor recognizes AMP’s commitment to developing socially responsible and environmentally friendly practices that promote environmental protection and economic growth,” said Greg Hamm, President of the City of Alameda’s Public Utilities Board. “AMP has committed to our families, neighbors, and community to protect our natural resources and environment for generations to come.”

AMP was selected from 100 applicants for the honor. Other awardees include Apple, the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, the San Diego Padres’ PETCO Park and Union Pacific Railroad.

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