Los Angeles can do 100% renewables, so can we

A newly released study shows that Los Angeles can reach 100% renewable energy by 2030! Using energy efficiency, increased energy storage, smart electric grid management, and rooftop solar, they can make a rapid transition to renewable energy that will actually save ratepayers money over the business-as-usual plan.

For some perspective on the scale of that change, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) supplies 23,000 GWh of electricity per year and 13,500 GWh of that is from fossil fuels. So, the report shows that they can replace 13,500 GWh with renewable power by 2030 and save ratepayers money! Glendale Water & Power (GWP) served 1.7 GWh of power in 2017 and of that .612 GWh was from fossil fuels (using the 2016 power content label for calculations).  So, the study shows that Los Angeles can replace 22,000 times as much dirty energy as Glendale needs to do and they can do it by 2030!

How can they do it? They need to need to invest in energy efficiency to reduce overall load, encourage  demand response programs to reduce the strain of peak hours on the system, build storage capacity to store and spread solar generation throughout the day, and install rooftop solar on three-quarters of all available rooftops (4GW).

This plan turns out to be less costly for the ratepayers than the business as usual plan that LADWP has been pursuing.

GWP can do this, too. GWP can also reduce demand, increase storage, and build rooftop solar to meet it’s goals and we could do it faster than the time it would take to expand Grayson.

How did this report come about? The independent report by Synapse Energy Economics, was paid for by Food and Water Watch. The city has expressed interest in 100% renewables but LADWP has pushed back and claimed that it would take until past 2040. So, Food and Water Watch commissioned the study to show the city viewpoints that they are not hearing from their utility.

The Glendale City Council needs to commission an similar independent study of the renewable alternatives for Glendale and find out how they can avoid spending $500 million on a new larger fossil fuel plant that will pollute more than the old one and saddle us with debt for the next 30 years. Plus, if the state decides to go to 100% renewables, Grayson might have to be shut off early and we’d still have to pay to convert to renewable power.

If a giant utility that distributes more power than 13 entire states can go 100% renewable by 2030, then Glendale can do it too.

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Los Angeles 2030 hourly generation on a representative peak day, Distributed Energy