Los Angeles Commits to 100% Renewable Power By 2035

Los Angeles, a city of 3.8 million, has vowed to completely switch to 100% renewable energy by 2035.

America’s second largest city is one that relies primarily on automotive transport, and, as a result, emits more than 270,000 tons of methane into the atmosphere every year. To put this in perspective, this pollution has the same climate impact as driving 4.5 million additional cars in Los Angeles alone.

Plus, these methane levels are causing smog in the ozone, which has aggregated asthma and other cardiac ailments in many residents of the city. Moreover, Los Angeles has been named the worst polluted city in the United States for three years in a row.

In order to prevent this environmental catastrophe from getting any worse, public officials have decided to go the renewable energy route in hopes of improving the air quality and livelihood of Los Angeles.

The promise to become 100% renewable means that Los Angeles will become the first and only major U.S. city to make the switch, and it is even more remarkable that this promise will be fulfilled in less than 20 years.

“Los Angeles can lead the way and show cities around the country – and around the world – that clean energy is here and ready to power thriving economies,” Council Member Mike Bonin said to Hopeful Headlines.

L.A.’s Department of Water & Power will be responsible for the project, but it will be a tough goal to hit as nearly 60% of the city’s power comes from coal and natural gas. The department has set out a plan to work with energy professionals, engineers, and both private and public stakeholders in order to come up with the best solution to the problem.

In this quest to become more energy efficient, Los Angeles may consider investing in nuclear reactors to create a renewable energy source. As of right now, there are currently 99 operating commercial nuclear reactors at 61 nuclear power plants that have proven to be successful across the nation.

At least a dozen cities across the nation are looking to follow in Los Angeles’s footsteps, and the state of California has already committed to achieving 50% renewable power by 2030.