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Study: Powering LA with renewable energy is possible, without disrupting economy

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Homes near the corner of Tampa Avenue and Sesnon Boulevard sit in the shadow of the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility in the Santa Susana Mountains in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley on Oct. 11, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Transitioning to a low-carbon future and powering Los Angeles with 100% renewable energy is possible in the next two decades without disrupting the economy, according to a new study spearheaded by city and federal agencies.

The “LA100 The Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy” study, which provides a road map for the city’s path to 100% renewable energy, was unveiled Wednesday, March 24, by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and an L.A. advisory group.

The three-year analysis, which comes as the region has experienced disastrous wildfires and droughts in recent years, concludes the city can reach its goal to convert entirely to renewable energy by 2045 through rapid deployment of wind and solar power, electrical storage and other technologies. The electrical power generation sector can achieve dramatic reductions in greenhouse gases if the city starts acting now, according to […]

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