Council Approves Accelerated Deadline for LA100

The Los Angeles City Council today took the historic step of requiring that 100 percent of the city’s electricity come from clean, zero-carbon energy by 2035. 

The Los Angeles City Council today took the historic step of requiring that
100 percent of the city’s electricity come from clean, zero-carbon energy by 2035. Through a
motion introduced by Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Mitch O’Farrell, the Los Angeles
Department of Water and Power -- the largest municipally-owned utility in the country -- will lead
the nation in this ambitious and game-changing commitment to sustainable energy.
The Council today also approved a related motion from O’Farrell and Krekorian that will create a
strategic plan for equitable workforce hiring, ensuring a just transition to thousands of green new

Today’s actions are the outgrowth of a planning process initiated by Krekorian five years ago,
through a motion he co-introduced with his colleague Mike Bonin. That process, which became
known as LA100, involved unprecedented research and modeling in partnership with the
National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The study proved that 100 percent clean energy is not
only feasible, it is highly beneficial to the economy and jobs as well as the environment.

“As the recent ‘code red’ report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
indicates, we are in the midst of an environmental crisis with no parallel in recorded history,”
said Councilmember Krekorian. “Governments and individuals around the world must act
urgently to combat climate change. By its vote today, the Council has shown the world that Los
Angeles is ready to lead this effort.”

"This is not a crisis for the next generation; this is a crisis happening at this very moment - and
Los Angeles is firmly committed to leading the way," said Councilmember O'Farrell, chair of
the Council's Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, & Los Angeles River
committee. "The terrifying, destructive scale of recent disasters - wildfires, drought, and
hurricanes - accelerated by our climate crisis underscores the necessity of today's actions. The
City of Los Angeles, led by the City Council and our committee on the environment, is treating
this crisis with the urgency it requires. We are also ensuring a just transition to thousands of
green new jobs with a focus on equity in the workforce."

“The LA100 study was a unique and pioneering effort, unprecedented in scale and scope, to
model a grid as complicated as L.A.’s,” said President Cynthia McClain-Hill, Board of Water
and Power Commissioners. “The study showed us several viable pathways for achieving
100% renewable and carbon-free energy by 2035 at the earliest. Now, with support of our
Mayor, our City Council, and many community members and stakeholders across the city, we’re
ready to take the next steps toward a 100% clean energy future. Most importantly, we will begin
a study of how to achieve 100% clean power while ensuring equity of the projects, programs,
and services that will be developed as we move forward on this path.”

“This is truly a great day for Los Angeles that puts our city firmly in a leadership position among
world cities working to decarbonize the planet,” said Martin Adams, Chief Engineer and
General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. “Our City has set a goal of
100% carbon-free energy by 2035 and we’re here to tackle the challenge and say, LADWP is all

"Getting to 100% clean energy as soon as possible is not a goal; it is an imperative,” said
Councilmember Mike Bonin. “We need aggressive action today to force an urgent and just
transition to a fossil-free tomorrow. It is how we safeguard our children’s future. It is how we
preserve a livable Los Angeles. It is how we protect our neighborhoods and ensure equity.”
"It is a proud day as the City of Angels leads the country forward on equitable clean energy,"
said Councilmember Paul Koretz. "As we blaze the trail to 100% renewable energy, we will
ensure that no one is left behind. Not the frontline communities who live beside leaking natural
gas plants, not the Indigenous Navajo and Hopi communities who brought our City power for
over fifty years, and not the heroic DWP workers who, day in and day out, bring light into our
offices and homes, sometimes at great risk to themselves."

“Today marks a landmark achievement for our fight for climate justice and a better Los Angeles,”
says Francis Yang, Senior Organizer for Sierra Club’s My Generation Campaign. “Through
years of advocacy and collaboration from communities to our city leaders, Los Angeles has
officially kick-started our path to 100% clean energy. Although the ambitious goal of 2035 or
earlier is now solidified, our path forward is only beginning. Angelenos must stay engaged to
determine how we get to 100% through strategic and inclusive planning that prioritizes frontline
communities and creates good, clean jobs.”
“Los Angeles is leading California on the path to clean renewable energy with environmental
justice at its center,” said Food & Water Watch Senior Organizer Jasmin Vargas. “The vote
by the City Council today comes after years of advocacy and leadership from communities on
the frontlines of climate change, calling for community driven solutions that create thousands of
local union jobs and cut pollution at the source.”

Krekorian noted that clean energy is not only about climate change. “By committing to a clean
energy future, the Council is also saving LA lives with improved air quality, protecting LA
neighborhoods from power plants burning fossil fuel, and creating over ten thousand new,
good-paying jobs in the sustainable economy of the 21st Century,” Krekorian said.

“The Los Angeles Business Council continues to support Councilman Krekorian and his
colleagues’ bold leadership to transition the LADWP from a carbon-based energy system to a
clean energy one by 2035 – it is historic and a model for others,” said Mary Leslie, President of
the Los Angeles Business Council. “It will also require extensive planning and early
infrastructure investment; the benefits include cleaner air, water and land, billions of dollars of
new investment and more than 11,000 jobs annually.”

Councilmember Krekorian noted that the LADWP has already taken extraordinary steps toward
achieving its 100 percent clean energy goal, laying the groundwork to accommodate 580,000
electric vehicles and adding over 1,000 megawatts of energy storage by 2030.