Statement by Los Angeles Department of Water & Power General Manager David H. Wright on Trump Administration Executive Order Rolling Back Federal Climate Action & Clean Power Plan
March 28, 2017
“Despite actions by the Trump Administration today to roll back the environmental achievements set forth in the Clean Power Plan, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) remains fully committed to eliminating coal from its power supply and increasing its investment in renewable energy, including local solar, and through increased energy efficiency. LADWP joined with other utilities last year to defend the Clean Power Plan and remains committed to participating in the administrative or legal process going forward.
To date, LADWP has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions to 23 percent below 1990 levels by reducing its reliance on coal, increasing development of renewable resources and by modernizing existing power plants. Greenhouse gas emissions will continue to decline dramatically as we become a completely coal-free utility by 2025. By that date, our emissions are expected to be 55 percent below 1990 levels, which is the equivalent of removing 2.1 million cars from the highway.
These are significant environmental achievements and we will continue to explore ways that we can do more. No matter what happens in Washington, DC, LADWP remains committed to doing our part to reduce carbon emissions and move toward broader use of renewable energy, while providing reliable, competitively-priced electricity to our customers.”