LADWP is creating a clean energy future for Los Angeles while maintaining a reliable and cost-effective power supply for customers, and doing so in a way that leads with equity. The groundbreaking Los Angeles 100 Percent Renewable Energy Study (LA100) provided the roadmap for delivering reliable and sustainable electricity to our customers. The follow-up study—LA 100 Equity Strategies—showed how LADWP can achieve our clean energy goals in a way that benefits all Angelenos and leaves no community behind. With the completion of LA100 Equity Strategies in the fall of 2023, LADWP announced a collection of equity-driven programs and policies under the umbrella program, Powered by Equity.
LA100 Equity Strategies
LA100 Equity Strategies wrapped up in 2023, offering in-depth analysis of energy-related inequities that have impacted underserved communities of Los Angeles. Under the leadership of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners, we worked with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which also authored LA100, and UCLA to conduct LA100 Equity Strategies. The goal was to determine intentionally-designed programs and policies that would ensure that LA’s underserved communities are not left behind or further burdened as we make significant investments to transition to a clean energy future.
Powered by Equity
On the heels of the public release of LA100 Equity Strategies, we announced an array of new or expanded programs under “Powered by Equity.” Among these programs meant to improve energy equity in underserved areas, is a comprehensive plan to build, operate and maintain a city-owned network of electric vehicle ‘fast-charger’ hubs in the city’s disadvantaged communities. These publicly available charging hubs will be strategically located in areas where EV charging capacity lags behind more affluent communities.
Growing Local Solar
We continue to ramp up our distributed energy resources (DER) programs—small-scale energy resources connected to the local distribution system. DERs include local solar projects on rooftops in Los Angeles as well as battery storage and microgrids. Our goals are to expand local solar by deploying 1,000 MW and offsetting approximately 600 MW of power capacity during peak periods through demand response programs by 2035. To date, we have achieved 50 percent or greater participation from disadvantaged communities in the majority of our DER programs.
Adopting Energy Storage
Our plan is to build over 1,000 MW of energy storage in-basin and out-of-basin by 2030, as called for by the LA100 study. We are evaluating proposals for new energy storage projects at the Beacon Energy Storage Center, situated near several of our renewable facilities in the Mojave Desert. Additionally, we have completed the demolition of Haynes Units 3 through 6 to make room for future energy storage systems. In partnership with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and other utilities, LADWP is applying for both Federal and State funding to develop new energy storage projects. This funding will decrease overall project costs to minimize the impact to customer rates.
Developing Flexible Demand
As load growth expands, LADWP must ensure these loads do not impact grid stability and reliability. In order to achieve this, we will need to shift customer energy usage away from the peak periods. By offering demand response (DR) programs with attractive incentives encourages customers to adopt strategies to shift their energy usage away from the peak demand periods.
LADWP plays a vital role in converting our city’s car culture into clean, zero-emission vehicles and transit. As the city’s electric service provider, we offer incentives to encourage customers to drive electric while expanding the necessary charging infrastructure to make EVs a reliable, convenient, and affordable mode of transportation for Angelenos and visitors.
We are on track to meet our next electric transportation milestones of 45,000 commercial EV chargers and 250,000 EVs in the City of Los Angeles by 2025, providing zero-emission transportation infrastructure for the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, on the road to the goals of 120,000 chargers to support 750,000 EVs in the city by 2030.
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Energy efficiency continues to be a key strategy for transitioning our power supply to 100 percent clean energy, providing a cost-effective way to reduce GHG emissions. Energy efficiency supports system reliability and resiliency while enabling customers to save on their electric bill. Additionally, under-resourced communities can benefit from electrification and energy efficiency. A core component and important goal of equitable electrification is to deliver economic benefits to empower our local communities and uplift all segments of society.