Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the city has taken actions to eliminate Los Angeles’ use of coal-fired power by 2025, a step the mayor’s office said will reduce the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s carbon emissions by 59 percent and citywide emissions by 40 percent.
The LADWP’s Board of Water and Power Commissioners approved an amendment to its contract with the Intermountain Power Plant on Tuesday, switching the power supplied to Southern California utilities from the coal-fired plant to a smaller natural gas plant that complies with California emissions standards, according to a statement from Villaraigosa’s office. The transition will begin no later than 2020 and be completed no later than 2025.
Villaraigosa had announced his intent to end the city’s use of coal-fired power at an event sponsored by UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability last month. Currently, the city receives about 39 percent of its power from the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona and the Intermountain Power Plant in Utah.
LADWP has been in negotiations to sell its share of the Navajo Generating Station to the Salt River Project, and Villaraigosa’s office said representatives have reached sufficient progress on the principle terms of the sale for the two utilities to move forward to negotiate a definitive agreement that would end the city’s use of coal fired power from the plant by the end of 2015. That agreement is expected to be fully approved by both parties later this year, followed by consideration by the Los Angeles City Council.
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