LA to dump fossil fuel? 12-0 vote points to 100% green goal

The Los Angeles City Council took a step Friday toward developing a plan for how the city can move away from fossil fuel and toward getting all of its energy from renewable sources like wind and solar. The council voted 12-0 to approve a motion asking the Department of Water and Power, which provides electricity to about 4 million residents, to begin assembling a team of experts, government regulators and stakeholders to research how and when the city could achieve the goal. DWP currently gets about a fifth of its energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass and waste, and nearly half its energy from natural gas, a fossil fuel that would be eliminated under the 100 percent “clean energy” goal entertained Friday. DWP officials Friday indicated their support for the effort. “LADWP looks forward to creating a plan for a fossil free future,” David Wright, the utility’s general manager, said during a news conference in which environmental groups and council members celebrated the approval of the motion.

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