Blogging Bayport Alameda

October 30, 2019

Power to the people

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

Can I just say how deeply appreciative I am of the consistent updates from Alameda Muncipal Power to let us all know if we should expect any black outs:

If you’re not following the account on Twitter, you should.

Similarly I’m really grateful that Alameda Unified School District is also keeping parents and guardians of AUSD students in the loop of what to expect:

The reminders remind me to remind my kids to wear their masks during passing periods or when travelling to and from school if the air quality is beyond “Moderate.”

Also curious if anyone is actively considering getting solar panels and a powerwall (battery) installed to hedge against the projected 10 years of possible blackouts because of PG&E.


  1. Although I am happy not to have my power turned off, much of California (2.2 million) is in the dark and can expect blackouts for the next ten years. Good luck in charging your electric car.

    PG&E paid out $4.5 billion to shareholders, and $237 million in bonuses to workers, while deferring maintenance around power lines. Gov. Newsome said the power shut offs are a result of “decades of mismanagement.” Many have pointed to California’s wacko forest management and housing decisions which have placed thousands in increased fire danger. High winds are expected for the next 72 hours.

    The last time there were major electrical shutdowns in 2001, Governor Gray Davis was recalled.

    Comment by Nowyouknow — October 30, 2019 @ 9:26 am

  2. I don’t get Twitter notifications, by choice, so I haven’t gotten any of AMPs notifications. I’ve been checking their website for more info but the last time they updated it was 10/22. I wish they would use Nixle. I will call their customer service to request that. But what I really wanted to know, out of curiosity, is why Alameda has been spared from all outages. Does it have something to do with the fact that our power company is locally owned? Doesn’t AMP lease transmission lines from PGE? Where (or what areas) does our power originate from?

    Comment by Deni Adaniya — October 30, 2019 @ 9:41 am

    • Downtown Oakland also never appeared on any of the outage maps. My guess (if someone has more info, feel free to correct me!) would be that a dense urban area wouldn’t be considered threatened by wildfires, and Alameda was similarly spared due to the fact that we’re an island. In any case, I’m grateful!
      Also, I have been receiving emails from Nixle. Most recent one was yesterday, about the Red Flag Warning.

      Comment by trow125 — October 30, 2019 @ 10:20 am

      • Yes, I also don’t think our island power lines are a direct threat but we don’t generate power on the island — it comes from somewhere else. And those transmission lines could traverse thru some of these areas. I just don’t know and am quite curious now…..

        I am also getting lots of helpful Nixle alerts from all sorts of public agencies but none from AMP.

        Comment by Deni Adaniya — October 30, 2019 @ 11:20 am

  3. According to Airnow — tomorrow thru Saturday the air quality for Alameda and San Francisco is projected to be very unhealthy to hazardous.

    Comment by Karen Bey — October 30, 2019 @ 9:52 am

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