Los Angeles, CA, Mar. 26, 2007 — The City of Los Angeles took a step toward increasing the city’s green power supply when the LA City Council approved two agreements that will provide enough renewable energy to power 70,000 homes.
The agreements, each of which provide 25 megawatts of renewable power for a total of 50 megawatts, enable LADWP to meet an additional 2% of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s goal to increase the city’s renewable power supply to 20% by 2010. The green power purchase agreements will go into effect April 1.
“This is an excellent opportunity to immediately increase the amount of clean, renewable energy for the City of Los Angeles,” said H. David Nahai, president of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. “LADWP is taking a multi-pronged approach to meeting its RPS commitment of 20% by 2010. The agency is utilizing power purchase agreements such as this as a bridge to increasing our supply of renewable energy in the short term, while pursuing plans to build renewable power generation for ownership over the long term,” he said.
The agreements between LADWP and Powerex Corp. (Powerex), which bring LADWP’s renewable energy supply to 8% of its power generation portfolio, provide for the purchase of a firm 50 megawatts, or 438,000 megawatt-hours, of renewable energy annually. During the first year, LADWP will purchase renewable energy from several small hydro-electric generating facilities in the Pacific Northwest. Over subsequent years LADWP may receive other types of renewable energy — including small hydro, biomass, landfill gas and wind — through the agreement from generating facilities located in the Pacific Northwest.
Through the agreements, LADWP will pay a fixed price, based on a natural gas indexed formula, per megawatt-hour (MWh), for an annualized cost not to exceed $39 million in fiscal years 2006-07 through 2011-12. The energy will be delivered to LADWP at the Nevada-Oregon border and shipped to Los Angeles via the Pacific DC Intertie — a north-south transmission line with capacity owned by LADWP — so that no additional transmission infrastructure or transportation will need to be built.
Other recent renewable power acquisitions include the purchase of 82 megawatts of wind power annually for 16 years from PPM Energy Inc. In addition, an agreement with UPC Wind was recently approved by the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), acting on behalf of LADWP and the cities of Burbank and Pasadena, and is expected to go to the LADWP Board of Commissioners and the Los Angeles City Council for approval in the next two months. LADWP would receive most of the wind energy produced by the new 200-megawatt capacity wind generation facility being developed in Millard County, Utah. LADWP has also begun construction of the 120-megawatt Pine Tree Wind project in the Tehachapi Mountains, expected to come online in 2009.
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