February 21, 2019
Los Angeles — On Tuesday, local community leaders, Food & Water Watch and the Sunrise Movement L.A. will call on Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council to transition Los Angeles to 100% renewable energy by 2030. Encouraged by Mayor Garcetti’s announcement last week that he would cancel plans to rebuild three coastal gas plants, advocates will launch a campaign to pressure the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to adopt 100% renewable energy on an expedited timeline. The Department is currently studying a transition to renewable energy by 2045, but environmental advocates and community members — recognizing the urgency of the climate crisis — demand a 2030 deadline for clean, renewable energy and an equitable and just transition for workers and communities.
They will be joined on the steps of City Hall by Councilmember Mike Bonin.
Councilmember Mike Bonin
Food & Water Watch, Sunrise Movement Los Angeles, American Indian Movement SoCal, Indivisible CA-43, Protect Playa Now!
Press Conference before the L.A. City Council meeting. Participants will also comment inside the meeting urging the City Council and the Mayor to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2030.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Press Conference: 9:00 am
Public comment: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Los Angeles City Hall
Press Conference on South Steps
Public Comment in Room 340
222 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
Participants will hold tall banners calling for an end to fossil fuels and 100% renewable energy.
In 2016, the Los Angeles City Council passed a motion requiring LADWP to study a 100% renewable energy future. LADWP partnered with the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to conduct a comprehensive study and has led an advisory group with Food & Water Watch and other organizations since 2017 to provide feedback on the ongoing inquiry.
In early 2018, Food & Water Watch released a study by Synapse Energy Economics showing that Los Angeles could stop rebuilding gas plants and transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030 for less money than continuing to rely on fossil fuels. The study recommended that LADWP invest in energy efficiency, demand response, battery storage and promote local solar installations.
The current proposals by NREL include various timelines and energy mixes. Food & Water Watch opposes any scenario that would continue burning fossil fuels or rely on nuclear energy, biomass, biogas or renewable energy credits (RECs) to meet renewable energy goals. The study by NREL for LADWP will be completed mid-2020.
Alexandra Nagy, 818-633-0865, [email protected]
Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.