Los Angeles is leading the way for major metropolitan areas to utilize clean energy. Outgoing mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently announced that LA will eliminate coal power entirely from its electrical grid by 2025 – the city currently gets around 39% of its power from coal. To borrow the words of Joe Biden, that’s a big ****ing deal.
By getting rid of coal power, the city will move towards cleaner energy efficiency, mainly composed of natural gas. According to fastcoexist.com, L.A. already uses quadruple the amount of renewable energy sources compared to before Villaraigosa took office in 2005. But the city relies more on coal power–specifically, the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona and the Intermountain Power Project (IPP) in Utah–than many other cities. Today, L.A. sources 39% of its power from the two plants.As Los Angeles moves towards cleaner forms of electricity, emissions levels will drop dramatically. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will drop 59% below 1990 levels, while citywide emissions will dip 40% below 1990 levels. That’s a bigger reduction than any other major city in the U.S. has been able to achieve.