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LADWP uses 44% coal in 2009, up from 32% in 2007


Something ain’t right in Los Angeles when we’re using the dirtiest form of energy to power the TV, computers and the rest of the electricity funneling through our homes and offices…coal makes up almost 50% of our energy mix. Burning black lumps of coal is not helping to reduce carbon emissions, I assure you.

* Notice that solar electricity comprises less than 1 % of LADWP’s power mix. Less than one measly percent!?

Full disclosure: I have sold solar electricity in the past and I intend to advocate for solar in the future. However, as a journalist, I must also make plain that prices will go up when LA transitions to natural gas and sources of renewable energy, like solar. Coal is dirty and cheap. Solar is clean and worth the investment… for the jobs it will create, the environment it will preserve, the energy independence it will produce…which will all contribute to stabilizing our economy for generations to come.

See, we will pay an “environmental price” for burning coal…such as ice caps melting, sea levels rising, coastal areas flooding. Excessive CO2 emissions from fossil fuels threaten to strip away precious land resources needed by the 7 billion people on Earth. Don’t believe me? Go ask your neighborhood climate scientist. And look at a map one time. There are a lot of coastal areas around the globe…they’re called port towns. LA is one big port town. It’s foolish for us to taunt the sea by continuing our unnecessary burning of coal. The “environmental price” is too high.

2009 Power Content Label

Energy Resources

LADWP Power*


LADWP Green Power** (projected) 2007 CA Power Mix***

(for comparison)

Eligible Renewable**** 14% 100% 10%
-Biomass & waste 1% <1%
-Geothermal 2% 2%
-Small hydroelectric 5% 25% 6%
-Solar <1% <1%
-Wind 6% 75% 2%
Coal 44% 32%
Large Hydroelectric 7% 24%
Natural Gas 26% 31%
Nuclear 9% 3%
Other <1% 0%
TOTAL 100% 100% 100%
* 100% of LADWP Power is specifically purchased from individual suppliers.

** 100% of LADWP Green Power is specifically purchased from individual suppliers.

*** Percentages are estimated annually by the California Energy Commission based on the electricity sold to California consumers during the previous year.

**** In accordance with Los Angeles City Council’s action on 10-5-04 for File No. 03-2688 (RPS).

For specific information about this electricity product, contact LADWP at 1-800-DIAL-DWP. For general information about the Power Content Label, contact the California Energy Commission at 1-800-555-7794 or www.energy.ca.gov/consumer.
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