Southern California Activities

CEERT continues our long-time work to reduce Southern California’s dependence on fossil-fueled power and increase its reliance on clean energy resources. In addition to our regulatory advocacy to promote renewable energy and the building of a low-carbon grid for the region, we are particularly focusing on Los Angeles and the Imperial Valley.

Recent Developments:

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)

Nearing completion is a multiyear planning study (called “LA100”) that the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is conducting with LADWP, in response to Mayor Garcetti’s vision of essentially elimi­­nat­ing the use of fossil fuels in Los Angeles over the next 20 years.  Early draft results are being shared with a broad-based Advisory Committee that includes CEERT, and public outreach is planned for early 2021.

The plan calls for roughly 600 MW/year, for the next 15 years, of new utility and customer investments in renewable energy and electrifying transportation and energy use in buildings, plus major transmis­sion invest­ments to accommo­date this new generation.  The electric grid is envisioned to be about 50% larger than it is today, and include major investments in energy efficiency and demand response.  Like all studies of this kind, the precise details of how to go the “last mile” from 90% renewables to complete elimina­tion of fossil fuels involve a measure of risk and uncertainty given current technology and costs.  However, the study lays out these risks, and provides a pathway to begin a serious journey to 90% while preserving options for how to negotiate this last mile.

In September, LADWP announced the next small step on this journey with the procurement of 331 MW of New Mexico wind and launch of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for purchase and construction of the first large tranche of customer-financed clean distributed resources in the LA Basin.