LADWP Quadruples Use Of Renewables In Six Years

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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) provided 20% of the city's power from renewable energy sources in 2010, mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced.

‘When I became Mayor, I set a goal to generate 20 percent of the city's power from renewable energy sources by 2010, and I am proud to say that we have achieved that goal,’ says Villaraigosa. ‘We went from worst to first and quadrupled our renewable energy portfolio in a few short years while also keeping our rates lower than other major utilities.’

In 2005, Villaraigosa and LADWP made a commitment to increase the utility's use of clean, green renewable energy from 5% to 20% by 2010. This translates into 4,500 GWh of power annually.

The 20% by 2010 goal has been achieved through a combination of project development and power agreements. In June 2009, LADWP began full operation of the 120 MW Pine Tree wind farm in the Tehachapi Mountains. Wind power comprised nearly 50% of all LADWP's renewable energy in 2010, with small hydro-electric contributing 30%, geothermal/biofuels, 22%, and solar, 1%.

In addition, LADWP is currently making this transition away from coal; in 2010, 39% of its power portfolio came from coal. The utility is in the process of divesting the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona by 2014, which is expected to reduce carbon emissions by an additional 26%.

Moving forward, LADWP will continue to develop new wind and solar projects close to existing transmission lines and other infrastructure. This includes developing local in-basin solar and a feed-in tariff program, which would allow private parties to sell power to LADWP for distribution on the grid.

SOURCE: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

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