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LADWP transformation: no coal; more gas, renewables, efficiency by 2030


From the January 17, 2012 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 17, 2012

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power today gets 39% of its electricity from coal-fired power plants. By 2030, it needs to eliminate coal from its power supply portfolio. But that’s only part of the challenge faced by the nation’s largest city-owned electric utility.  The utility also needs to comply with a state mandate to eliminate once-through ocean water cooling at nine natural gas-fired plants.

"It took us about 100 years to get where we are today and in a decade and a half, we’re going to replace 70 percent of that," said LADWP General Manager Ron Nichols.

The transformation confronting the utility and its strategies for getting there are discussed in the cover article of the January-February 2012 issue of Public Power magazine. By 2030, the utility’s power supply portfolio will include more natural gas, more renewable energy and more energy efficiency. Under state law, the utility must meet one-third of electricity needs with renewable resources.  Energy efficiency will account for 8% of the utility’s portfolio and natural gas for 47%.

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