Los Angeles takes steps to replace natural gas with renewables
Los Angeles will abandon a plan to replace three aging gas power plants along its coast with newer natural gas technology. Instead, the city will invest in renewable energy as it seeks to move away from fossil fuels, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday. On Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti held a press conference with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to announce his decision not to modernize the Scattergood, Haynes, and Harbor natural gas plants in the Los Angeles basin. The move is, in part, due to a 2010 California law that requires power plants to stop using ocean water for cooling. Initially, the plan called for modernizing the three plants with state-of-the-art technology that uses air for cooling. Mayor Garcetti argued that this is an opportunity for the city to reach its goal of being carbon-neutral by 2050.