L.A. DWP to be coal-free in 12 years under new plan

Los Angeles Times Blog | By Kate Linthicum at Los Angeles City Hall | Link to article

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will be coal-free within 12 years under a plan announced Tuesday.

Under the plan, the utility would sell off one coal-fired power plant in Arizona and grant approvals for a second plant in Utah to be converted to run on natural gas. Los Angeles gets nearly 40% of its energy from the two aging plants, which environmentalists complain produce the same level of emissions as 2 million cars.

Evan Gillespie, who has been leading a campaign to transition the utility to cleaner energy on behalf of the Sierra Club, said the DWP’s plan will be a road map for other utilities seeking to get off coal.

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