July 7, 2009

LA says no to coal

The City of Los Angeles last week committed to completely eliminate the use of coal to generate electricity by 2020, replacing the 40 per cent of the city's coal power with energy from renewable sources.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said that the city would stop buying energy produced from coal plants outside the state by 2020.

Instead, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will deliver 40 percent of its power from renewable sources, with the rest coming from natural gas, nuclear, and large hydroelectric sources. The immediate goal is to get 20 per cent of the city's power from renewables by next year.

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