LA Considers Two Steps in Transition to 100% Renewable Energy – Los Angeles

Los Angeles’ City Council is currently considering two motions as part of an effort towards 100% renewable energy by 2035.

The September goal was adopted by Los Angeles after a U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory study found that Los Angeles can reach 100% renewable energy by 2045. If it quickly deploys wind, solar power, electric storage, and other technologies, this could be possible. This federal study was hailed as the most comprehensive.

Two motions were introduced Friday by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who is the chair of the Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and River Committee.

If passed, one motion would direct the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, to report on the resources required to modernize the city’s power grid infrastructure in order to ensure that sustainable energy methods are being utilized. The motion was introduced by Paul Krekorian, Councilman. It also requests that the Bureau of Engineering analyze the electrical load and upgrade requirements in order to electrify all city buildings and facilities.

Los Angeles is creating an environment that is free of carbon emissions. This requires us to be thoughtful and timely in our actions. O’Farrell stated that if the city sets an example in public buildings, facilities, and purchases, the private sector will follow.

Krekorian supported a second motion that would see several city departments submit to City Council a plan and timeline for ending the use and purchase of all gas-powered vehicles, equipment, and building appliances. They would also identify locations, facilities, or parks that are fully carbonized and develop a plan for electrifying and decarbonizing all concessionaire partnerships used by DWP and Port of Los Angeles.

The motion notes that the power profile of the city includes more than 7,880 megawatts of total capacity and more 3,600 miles of transmission lines into it. It also contains more than 10,400 mile of distribution within the city.

Additionally, the city owns and manages over 590 buildings, 16,000 acres parkland, and 400 parks sites. It includes the huge Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports and Department of Water and Power.

According to the motion, the city is a major buyer of gas-powered appliances and equipment. The General Services Department also states that it is currently processing numerous requests from the city to buy gas-powered equipment.

The Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice and River Committee will first consider the motions before they are sent to the full City Council for a vote.

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