LOS ANGELES MAYOR CANCELS PLANS TO REBUILD LA’S GAS PLANTS
Los Angeles Clean Energy Coalition Welcomes the Decision to Retire Gas Plants & Embrace 100% Clean Energy
Los Angeles, CA --- Today, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his decision to halt plans to rebuild three natural gas plants along the Los Angeles coast. In his remarks, Mayor Garcetti made it clear that his decision to retire rather than rebuild these gas plants reflects a fundamental shift away from natural gas and all other polluting fossil fuels as Los Angeles accelerates its transition to 100% clean energy.
The Los Angeles Clean Energy Coalition (LACEC) hailed today’s decision as a tremendous step towards L.A.’s clean energy future. As a coalition committed to helping Los Angeles achieve 100% clean energy by 2040, the LACEC had been a vocal opponent of the DWP’s plans to rebuild the unnecessary and harmful gas plants. Below are statements from LACEC members in response to the Mayor’s mandate:
Communities for a Better Environment Executive Director Darryl Molina Sarmiento: “We appreciate the leadership of Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Martinez in charting this precedent setting course in the history of Los Angeles Department of Water of Power. We look forward to working with LADWP in making sure this green renewable transformation is rooted in equity and benefits communities most in need.”
Earthjustice Managing Attorney Angela Johnson Meszaros: “I commend Mayor Garcetti and the DWP for making the momentous decision to retire most of LA’s aging gas power plants and replace them with 100% clean energy. By committing to one of the largest gas plant retirements in our nation’s history, LA is letting go of our fossil fuel past and clearing the way for our clean energy future. I’m proud to see Los Angeles following through on its vision of being a leader in sustainability with action that delivers on that promise.”
GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles Executive Director Michael Kadish: "We applaud Mayor Garcetti's smart choice to stop investment in fossil fuel infrastructure in Los Angeles. Now we can focus on coming together to build a clean energy future that works for everyone in Los Angeles."
Pacoima Beautiful Executive Director Veronica Padilla: “I would like to thank Mayor Garcetti, Councilwoman Martinez, as well as the LADWP Board on their momentous decision to end natural gas usage in the City of Los Angeles and their commitment to moving our city closer to 100% clean energy by 2040. Today is key step towards continuing our city’s leadership in the fight against climate change. However, our work is far from over. The transition to a clean energy economy must be equitable and prioritize the communities who have paid the highest burden of our fossil fuel usage.”
Sierra Club Senior Campaign Representative for the My Generation Campaign Luis Amezcua: “This is a tremendous showing of leadership by the Mayor and LADWP, and one of the best decisions we can make for the health, safety, and prosperity of our city. Investing in our clean energy economy means creating family-sustaining careers, cleaner air, and building a healthier future. We have a lot of work ahead, but we’re more ready than ever to see this historic announcement become a reality.”
The Los Angeles Clean Energy Coalition (LACEC) is dedicated to improving the lives of all Angelenos by advocating that Los Angeles achieve 100% renewable energy by 2040. The LACEC supports a just and equitable clean energy transition by advancing policies and programs that expand access to renewable energy and curb the use of fossil fuels. The coalition was founded by Communities for a Better Environment, Earthjustice, Environment California, Global Green USA, GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Business Council, Pacoima Beautiful and the Sierra Club.