LA Plans to Move Towards Developing Cleaner, Renewable Energy

February 12, 2019 - 11:39 am

(KNX 1070) - Out with the coal, out with the gas and in with the new. As in renewable energy.

Los Angeles is planning to shut down three of its natural gas power plants and saving billions of dollars as it moves towards cleaner energy.

Mayor Eric Garcetti says Los Angeles will abandon a plan to spend billions of dollars rebuilding three natural gas power plants as the city moves toward renewable energy.

He will be announcing a big change of course for the city when it comes to future energy supply. Instead, he's ordering the DWP to boost the use of renewable energy such as wind and solar power. 

The three plants being retired in the future are Haynes in Long Beach, Harbor in Wilmington and Scattergood in El Segundo.

Environmental groups have urged the DWP to replace the aging facilities with cleaner alternatives.

DWP Commissioner Aura Vasquez tells KNX she's delighted the Mayor has changed his mind:

"It's just going to be good for the world, for the environment, but most of all it will be good for Angelenos, for people that every day go to work, contribute, paying to the department. This is a good investment for us," she said. 

She says it's unclear what the cost will be in higher bills for ratepayers.