Los Angeles is going coal-free by 2025. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa makes the announcement in the video above.
The Los Angeles Times reports on how it will be done:
On Tuesday, commissioners at the Department of Water and Power moved forward with plans to dump the utility's interest in a coal-burning plant in Arizona and convert another one in Utah to natural gas. The plants provide nearly 40% of the city's energy.
The changes, coupled with new commitments to renewable power, would make the city coal-free by 2025, utility officials said.
Ariel Schwartz at FastCoExist sees it as a challenge to other big cities:
In practical terms, L.A’s move means that emissions from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will drop 59% below 1990 levels, while citywide emissions will dip 40% below 1990 levels. That’s a bigger reduction than any other major city in the U.S.
Other big cities: take note. If L.A can do this, there’s no reason why you can’t too.
David Roberts puts it simply:
Los Angeles is going coal-free. That’s the last big coal market in California. Kind of a big deal.— David Roberts (@drgrist) March 19, 2013
Mark Drajem at Bloomberg notes the success the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign:
The Sierra Club, which has a Beyond Coal campaign, said 142 U.S. coal-fired power plants have closed during its efforts, representing 105 gigawatts of electrical capacity. That puts it more than halfway towards its goal of retiring 30 percent of the U.S. coal fleet by 2020.