For Immediate Release
September 10, 2019
Contact: Jasmin Vargas, 323-807-3234, [email protected]
Los Angeles—Today, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) voted to approve the Eland Project to build the a combined solar/battery storage venture that will provide the cheapest renewable energy in the United States. The proposed development will be constructed partially using union labor, a sticking point that had postponed the vote. It will add 400 megawatts of solar energy to the L.A. grid along with 300 megawatts of battery storage with potential to add 600 more megawatts to power the city when the sun isn’t shining. Supporters point to this project as a model for a just and fair transition off fossil fuels towards a clean energy future.
In response to this historic vote Food & Water Action Senior Organizer Jasmin Vargas had this statement:
“Los Angeles is leading the nation with the approval of the largest combined battery storage and solar project ever built, that will provide inexpensive solar energy to ratepayers. The Eland Project clearly points to what’s possible—rapid and affordable action that will help solve the climate crisis and provide a fair and just transition for communities and workers. More solar energy means less dirty gas to power the L.A. grid, which is great for public health and the climate.
“We look forward to working with Mayor Garcetti on a transition to 100 percent clean energy that creates a just transition for workers and communities by 2030, in line with climate science.”
The Eland Solar and Battery Project is one of many projects approved by LADWP to rapidly build battery storage capacity in the response to the 2015 Aliso Canyon gas blowout. The Aliso Canyon gas disaster inspired Los Angeles to study how to transition off fossil fuels, culminating in the recent decision by Mayor Eric Garcetti to stop rebuilding three coastal gas plants marking what he called “the beginning of the end of natural gas.” As Los Angeles moves forward, Food & Water Action works to ensure that these projects have Project Labor Agreements that create good clean energy jobs for the utility and support healthy communities.