LA Votes to Accelerate 100% RE Goal to 2035 - Smart Energy Decisions

Sourcing Renewables  -  September 2, 2021

LA Votes to Accelerate 100% RE Goal to 2035

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted Aug. 31 to pass a new plan to transition the city to 100% clean energy by 2035.

The decision leans on a report released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in March outlining how Los Angeles could reach 100% clean energy only through a drastic increase in wind and solar capacity and energy efficiency projects. The report suggests that the city would need to install between 470-730 MW of wind, solar and batteries per year between 2021 and 2045 to reach these targets.

“The study’s results show that a reliable, 100% renewable electricity supply is indeed achievable for LA by 2045 or even a decade sooner,” NREL Director Martin Keller said in an opening letter to the study released earlier this year. “Equally exciting is how the results point to new research priorities—from R&D to advance the development of commercially available storable hydrogen fuel, to improvements in how we model and prioritize energy equity.”

The plan also emphasized the importance that storable hydrogen could play in the growth of LA’s renewable energy market.

The city's new ambition to reach 100% clean energy by 2035 is expedited from its previous target of reaching that same goal by 2045 and aligns with President Biden’s vision for a renewable energy-powered U.S.

Keywords: Los Angeles

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