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Renewable Energy Policy Needs Caveats

Los Angeles, California – July 1, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] After more than a year of internal discussions and campaigning by environmental groups, the Los Angeles City Council approved a Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) that requires the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to generate at least 20 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2017. The Council further ordered the Department to adopt a plan for achieving this goal by the end of 2004. Some environmental groups remain concerned, however, that in the absence of implementation details, the DWP could continue with its plans to build a new coal plant in Utah. “While we applaud today’s vote, before any champagne corks are popped for clean air, the Council and the Mayor need to still make sure the DWP’s plans for building coal plants are dead,” said Del Chiaro. “Furthermore, large dams need to be kept from the renewable energy definition or the RPS could be flooded with non-renewable resources.”