LADWP Launch Public Outreach on Long-Term Plan for LA’s Energy Future
First Meeting Slated August 12 at LADWP John Ferraro Building
|LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Department of Water and Power provided a brief overview of the LADWP’s 2010 Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to the Board of Water and Power Commissioners on Thursday, launching a public participation process to help shape the LADWP’s future energy resource mix and planning strategies.
The Draft 2010 IRP provides a 20-year framework to ensure that current and future energy needs of the City are met, regulatory requirements are satisfied, and environmental policy goals are achieved. The Draft 2010 IRP lays out alternative strategies for increasing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while maintaining power reliability, complying with new state and federal regulations, and minimizing the financial impact on our customers.
The Draft 2010 IRP identifies options for a mix of electric resources, based on comprehensive research and analysis and guided by the following objectives:
• Reliability of the Power System
To ensure the Draft 2010 IRP accurately reflects the electricity needs of the City of Los Angeles and its diverse customers and stakeholders, LADWP will seek public input on the Draft 2010 IRP strategies during several workshops in late summer/fall 2010 and also through an interactive website, www.LAPowerPlan.org. The first workshop is slated for August 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the John Ferraro Building, 111 N. Hope St., in downtown Los Angeles. To RSVP, visit www.LAPowerPlan.org.
Future workshops will be scheduled in September. Dates and locations will be posted at www.LAPowerPlan.org. The website will also host a short survey during the public workshop series to allow more community members to provide input. All public input received during the workshops and via the website will be considered prior to completion of the Final 2010 IRP to help develop LADWP’s long-term energy strategy.
Critical Issues & Challenges
Following are the key issues and challenges addressed in the Draft 2010 IRP:
Reliability – LADWP must modernize its remaining older, less efficient natural gas generating units (at Haynes and Scattergood Generating Stations) to ensure reliable power generation. This is especially important as the utility transitions to renewable energy since most available renewable resources, particularly wind and solar power, are intermittent. These resources provide power only when the wind blows or the sun shines.
Environmental Policies – Local air and water quality regulations also require repowering less efficient units at Haynes and Scattergood to meet emissions standards and a new regulation that prohibits using ocean water to cool power plants (known as Once Through Cooling).
GHG emissions and renewable energy legislation and policies include: