The smoggy city of Los Angeles will completely end its use of coal energy within the next 12 years, Mayor Antonio Villaraigos recently said at an event at UCLA.
About 39 percent of the city's power currently comes from two out-of-state coal plants: the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona and the Intermountain Power Plant in Utah.
“In a couple of weeks I will be signing agreements to get completely out of coal by 2025,” Villaraigosa said at UCLA's Institute of Environment and Sustainability's event called, “What a mayor can do to green a city.”
Following the Villaraigos' plans to eliminate the dirty fossil fuel in his inaugural address in 2009, debates over a carbon tax and energy rate increases have delayed reaching that goal. The city is also slowed by the terms of its contracts with Navajo and Intermountain, and the higher cost of renewables compared to coal and natural gas.
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The Department of Water and Power is working on new legal agreements to secure an end to coal by 2025 through its 2012 Integrated Resources Plan, a strategic road map, recommended divestiture from the Navajo plant by 2015. Four years ahead of schedule, the plan also urges similar moves to take place at the Utah plant:
“LADWP’s other coal source – the Intermountain Power Project—is undergoing discussions which could enable a future conversion to lower emitting resources. Because LADWP is one of thirty-six purchasers of IPP energy, any future plans must be agreed to by all project participants.”
More information should be revealed about the Mayor's plans over the next few weeks.
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