Los Angeles looks at 100% renewable goal

The Los Angeles City Council recently unanimously approved a measure authored by Councilman Mike Bonin and Councilman Paul Krekorian that instructs the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to study an equitable transition away from fossil fuels to powering Los Angeles with 100% clean energy.

With the Sept. 16 vote, LADWP will now convene a collaborative working group of experts to identify the investments and priorities that would be needed in order to run the city entirely and equitably on renewable energy.  LADWP will have 90 days to deliver a timeline for the study, the Sierra Club said in a news release.

Seventeen American cities have already committed to achieving 100% clean energy, including Salt Lake City, Boulder, San Diego and San Francisco.

Internationally, cities including Paris, Sydney, and Vancouver, have established 100% clean energy targets of their own. In August, the City of Denver similarly announced that it would undertake a study identifying pathways to 100% clean energy as part of the city’s greenhouse gas goals.

With approval of this study, Los Angeles is now the largest city in America to commit to exploring how to power the city on entirely clean energy, the Sierra Club said.

In just the past six years, Los Angeles has committed to phasing out coal-fired power, developed the largest energy efficiency program in California, and expanded rooftop solar offerings for homeowners, renters, and businesses.

Bonin said in a news release that going toward 100% renewable energy would be a multi-year process that will involve the LADWP integrated resource plan (IRP).

“We’re thrilled that Los Angeles is taking the next big step towards re-powering local communities and empowering all Angelenos with 100% clean energy,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune.

“Cities across the country are already making this bold commitment, and with today’s historic vote, Los Angeles is on its way to cutting ties with fossil fuels and powering all homes, businesses and schools with innovative clean energy solutions,” Brune said.


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