Los Angeles Will Be Off Coal by 2025, Says Mayor

The Navajo Generating Station. | Photo: R. J. Hall/Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons License

According to ReWire's pal Molly Peterson over at KPCC, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be "signing papers" in the coming weeks that will wean L.A. from coal-fired power within 12 years. About 39 percent of L.A.'s power now comes from coal-fired plants.

Story continues below

The mayor dropped the bombshell Tuesday morning at UCLA, at an event on green cities sponsored by UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

According to Peterson, the audience greeted Villaraigosa's news with surprise. The city's coal habit has been the topic of a significant amount of environmental campaigning in recent months. Of the coal fired power in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's grid, two thirds comes from the 1,900 megawatt Intermountain Power Plant in Delta, Utah, while the remainder is generated by the 2,250-megawatt Navajo Generating Station in northern Arizona.

Peterson offers a quote from Mayor Villaraigosa:

It will indeed.

For ongoing environmental coverage in March 2017 and afterward, please visit our show Earth Focus, or browse Redefine for historic material.
KCET's award-winning environment news project Redefine ran from July 2012 through February 2017.

We are dedicated to providing you with articles like this one. Show your support with a tax-deductible contribution to KCET. After all, public media is meant for the public. It belongs to all of us.

Keep Reading