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Nichols steps down as general manager of LADWP


From the January 13, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 13, 2014

Ron Nichols has resigned as general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, effective Jan. 31. In a Jan. 9 letter to new Mayor Eric Garcetti, Nichols said he was leaving for personal reasons and noted that he had been hired by the previous mayor and "felt it important to stay on board afterward to provide time for the new administration’s transition." Garcetti had campaigned on the need to reform LADWP. Nichols cited a long list of accomplishments, including:

  • Maintaining a 20 percent renewable energy mix;
  • Doubling the utility’s commitment to energy efficiency;
  • Establishing and moving on a state-mandated effort to replace all of LADWP’s coastal gas-fired generation to eliminate once-through ocean cooling, while maintaining system reliability;
  • Establishing a plan to exit coal-fired energy supply years ahead of state mandates;
  • Adopting the largest solar feed-in tariff of any city in the country; and
  • Reaching a major cost-saving and equitable labor contract in collaboration with the city administrative officer, mayor’s office and City Council.

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