Los Angeles remains on track to reach its target of 100% carbon-free energy by 2035, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported during a council committee meeting Thursday.
The goal is part of “LA100,” which seeks a future where the city is powered by 100% renewable, carbon-free energy. LADWP reported during a biannual progress report Thursday that the city is projected to reach 55% of that target by 2025 and 80% by 2030.
Additionally, Los Angeles is on track to double its energy efficiency by 2030, generating more than 1,500 megawatts of solar energy by then.
Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, chair of the Council’s Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and River committee, said in a statement that the news is welcome amid a sweltering heat wave hitting Los Angeles along with the current drought.
“Being on track doesn’t mean this work is easy; in fact, it’s quite the opposite,” O’Farrell said. “But I want every Angeleno to know that we are aggressively, ambitiously and successfully moving full speed ahead in fighting the climate crisis and achieving a 100% carbon-free future in Los Angeles.”
The report did note that the distribution system for the “LA100” plan was at “high risk,” with engineering and construction resources insufficient to support the load growth for the target goals. The LADWP noted it is reassessing metrics, budget and staffing needs to support necessary distribution upgrades.
The committee directed LADWP to provide with its next report a data visualization of the city’s renewable energy mix for each day of the year. That interactive data would be available to the public.