Energy experts say Los Angeles’s electrical grid can reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, leading the way for California and the rest of the country.
We have already made some significant gains: Mayor Eric Garcetti has nixed plans to upgrade three coastal power plants and declared “the end of natural gas” in L.A. But the City is still not moving fast enough. Current projections show L.A. transitioning off fossil fuels in 2025—15 years later than scientists say we need to end our dependence on oil and gas in order to stave off the worst effects of climate change. And policy makers are not due to release their plan until 2020.
In fact, a 2018 study by Synapse Energy Economics shows the city’s publicly-owned utility, the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water (LADWP), can rely on energy efficiency, increased storage and smart management of the electric grid to achieve this groundbreaking transition by 2030, if we act now.
Shifting to clean, renewable energy, like solar, wind and existing hydropower, would create good, green jobs. Any clean energy future should prioritize displaced fossil fuel works and members of communities most impacted by oil and gas pollution in the city. The benefits of this clean energy future should be shared by all Angelenos, especially members fence line communities living near urban drill sites and gas storage facilities. We cannot allow elected officials to include dirty fuels like “biogas” (methane from factory farms and landfills) or dangerous nuclear power in the mix.
There is no time to lose to protect the climate, Angelenos’ health and the environment!
Contact: Jasmin Vargas, [email protected]