Los Angeles Unveils Plan for Wind Power Facility

Los Angeles, which already purchases Renewable Energy through its GreenLA program, will be moving one step further toward sustainability with a proposal to acquire a 180 MW wind farm.

Los Angeles, California – February 4, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Mayor Jim Hahn unveiled a proposal for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to create a wind generating facility that will represent the most significant step yet toward reaching the Mayor’s goal of dramatically increasing the amount of Renewable Energy generated by the city’s electrical utility. The Pine Tree Wind project, which will be the largest municipally owned wind plant in the U.S., will reduce LADWP’s dependence on fossil fuels, saving approximately US$14 million a year in gas costs, and reducing the utility’s carbon dioxide emissions by more than 210,000 tons each year. When completed, it will produce up to 120 MW of electricity, enough power for more than 100,000 households. “For decades, the Department of Water and Power has been a leader in the fight against air pollution in Los Angeles,” said Hahn. “But an important strategy for cleaning the air needs more attention from this department – and that is the use of Renewable Energy. As the country’s largest municipally owned utility, LADWP has an obligation to continue to set the standard for excellence in public power, and to help reduce our nation’s dependence upon fossil fuels.” The facility, consisting of 80 wind turbines, will be constructed on approximately 22,000 acres of land located 12 miles north of Mojave, California. The project is scheduled to begin operation in July 2004. The LADWP Board of Commissioners will consider the US$162 million proposal at its board meeting February 4. City Council approval is needed. The project will be constructed by Wind Turbine Prometheus LLC, a Delaware company. “The time has come for LADWP to invest in its own renewable resource generating facility,” Hahn said. “I am proud of the department’s quick response to my call last November for a stepped-up investment in renewable resources. This project represents the next evolution of LADWP’s Green Power program from buying renewable power on the marketplace to generating its own clean energy.” LADWP has been working with Hahn and the Los Angeles City Council to explore options to add renewable power to its generation system. The department is committed to strengthening its generation portfolio by investing in a combination of Renewable Energy and other emission reducing programs.
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