MOTION-- In 2016, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a motion (CF 16-0243, Krekorian
and Bonin) recognizing that "the city has an opportunity to re-create its utility in a way that
recognizes the potential for a fossil-free future, demonstrates global leadership in its
commitment to clean energy, and protects ratepayers from the increasing costs of carbon-based
fuels." The motion instructed the Department of Water and Power (DWP) to develop a
partnership with the US Department of Energy and other entities to determine what investments
must be made to achieve a 100% fossil-free energy portfolio for the DWP. This project is known
As a result of the Council's action on the Krekorian/Bonin LA 100 motion, the DWP entered into
an innovative, first-in-the-nation partnership with the US Department of Energy's National
Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to study the technical feasibility of achieving a 100% clean
energy grid. The NREL study team, made up of nearly 100 technical experts, working with
some of the most powerful supercomputers in the nation, led a thorough process on behalf of,
and in close partnership with, the DWP. The study provides objective, technically rigorous,
science-based recommendations on different 100% carbon-free energy scenarios, and
considers their technical feasibility, cost, reliability, resiliency, health improvements, job benefits,
and environmental justice implications.
The study was enhanced by the participation of more than 100 members of the stakeholder
advisory panel, representing nearly 50 organizations that included environmental justice groups,
industry representatives, local technical experts, and government agencies.
All scenarios in the LA 100 analysis share dramatic local benefits, including:
• Significant improvements to local air quality and reduced hospitalization and death from
respiratory ailments associated with ozone and particulate matter;
• Thousands of local, good-paying jobs created, such as maintenance of clean energy
systems and construction of new transmission and distribution lines;
• The opportunity to reverse decades of environmental injustice by replacing dirty gasfired plants in working class neighborhoods with clean energy; and
• A reliable and resilient grid, capable of adapting to a changing climate and shocks
caused by natural disasters.
LA 1OO's "stress" scenarios, which assume high amounts of building and transportation
electrification but modest energy efficiency and demand response programs, demonstrate the
imperative of creating much more robust and creative programs to address future demand.
Energy efficiency programs, which make LA 100 goals more feasible, must prioritize low-income
customers and ensure that all communities share in the benefits of the clean energy economy.
In the coming months, LADWP will prepare a Strategic Long Term Resource Plan (SL TRP),
which is the first opportunity to create a schedule and begin planning and approving
investments needed to reach the 100% clean energy goal. As the Department prepares its
proposals for Council approval, the SL TRP should feature "no regrets" investment strategies,
• Substantial investments in new transmission capacity
• Substantial investments in new storage capacity
• A ramp up of distributed energy generation programs, particularly rooftop solar
• Expanded energy efficiency programs
• Rate structures that promote electrification of buildings, transportation, and facilitate
In 2018, SB100 committed all power utilities in California to achieve 100% renewable energy by
2045. which represents the DWP's current legally mandated requirement. In 2019, this City
Council adopted the LA Green New Deal, which further sets Los Angeles on a path to achieve
net zero carbon by 2050, including strategies to electrify our building and transportation sectors.
In his January 27, 2021 Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis, President Joe Biden
committed the federal government to decarbonizing the nation's electric power sector by 2035.
Given this national target, the hope for federal funding to support these goals, and the technical
knowledge acquired from LA 100, Los Angeles is in a position to lead.
I THEREFORE MOVE that the Council INSTRUCT the Department of Water and Power to
prepare a Strategic Long Term Resource Plan that achieves 100% carbon-free energy by 2035,
in a way that is equitable and has minimal adverse impact on ratepayers .
I FURTHER MOVE that the Strategic Long Term Resource Plan prioritize equity for
environmental justice communities, defined as those scoring at or above the 80th percentile on
CaiEnviroScreen. The plan should ensure that emissions are not increased for any period of
time at facilities in environmental justice communities, particularly Valley Generating Station .
I FURTHER MOVE that the Council INSTRUCT the Chief Legislative Analyst, with the
assistance of the Department of Water and Power, to report on the ·'no-regrets" projects that are
common to all LA 100 paths and present an accelerated pathway to launch and complete those
projects. This report should include a list of "shovel-ready" projects that DWP can be ready to
act on in order to seize on Federal and State funding opportunities.