los angeles

Los Angeles' City-Owned Electric Utility Raises its Energy Efficiency Ambitions

August 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

L.A. Energy Efficiency

The five-member Board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has unanimously voted to approve 10-year energy efficiency targets that will vault America’s largest municipally-owned utility, which provides service to around 3.9 million people, to national leadership in energy efficiency.[read more]

Is the City of Angels Becoming the City of Solar Energy?

June 17, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Los Angeles, City of Solar?


The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power plans a large 250 MW solar array in Kern County and 50 MW of solar power within the city. Combined, the utility-scale solar array and the local solar projects will provide enough energy for about 150,000 homes. In Los Angeles, solar power is becoming a star.[read more]

Spotlight on Los Angeles: Increasing Energy Efficiency in Buildings

March 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Recently the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Ziman Center for Real Estate hosted the UCLA Green Building Symposium - Building Better Places. The symposium addressed the critical issue of increasing the efficiency of buildings.[read more]

Los Angeles Aims To Be Coal-Free In 12 Years

March 6, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Los Angeles air pollution

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa intends to sign two agreements that will get the city off of coal-generated electricity entirely by 2025[read more]

Solar From Nevada Indian Reservation To Help Power LA

November 25, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

After decades of getting electricity from faraway pollution-and-greenhouse-gas-spewing coal-fired power plants, Los Angeles is looking out of state for less toxic forms of energy. The city council this week approved a 25-year power purchase agreement with K Road Moapa Solar for up to 250 megawatts of power from a solar power plant on tribal land of the Moapa Band of the Paiute, north of Las Vegas.[read more]

What Does an EV-Friendly City Look Like?

March 5, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

What does it take to make a community friendly to electric vehicles (EV)? The Electric Drive Transportation Association has a pretty good idea, and is currently highlighting communities across the country that are employing effective strategies to encourage EV adoption.[read more]

The New Republic: Geographic Clustering's Relationship to Cleantech Innovation

February 24, 2011 by Breakthrough Institute

Over at the New Republic, Mark Muro and Jonothan Rothwell have published two posts on the intense geographic clustering of the 100 companies likely to make the greatest impact on the cleantech market in the next decade, a list developed by the Cleantech Group with The Guardian. The scholars find that the cleantech market's most promising...[read more]

Solar Power to Cut Colossal Cruise Ship Emissions

December 21, 2010 by Taylen Peterson

Good news out of Los Angeles, where the completion of a 1-megawatt (MW) solar power system covering 71,500 square feet will now allow ships docked between cruises to access some 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable solar power instead of using their diesel generators for shore-side energy needs. Few people realize it, and...[read more]

U.S. solar power: doubling in 2010!

October 13, 2010 by Marc Gunther

Here at Solar Power International, a conference and trade show that has attracted about 27,000 people to the Los Angeles Convention Center, the exhibit halls and meeting rooms are buzzing. Big global companies–Sanyo, Sharp, LG, DuPont, 3M and others–are among 1,100 exhibitors clamoring for attention. New products and deals are being...[read more]

SoCal Edison’s Massive Solar Warehouse Project Underway

April 16, 2010 by Taylen Peterson

Southern California Edison has installed the first few of over 100 planned commercial rooftop solar installations in the Los Angeles area. As part of the largest program of its kind in the nation, SC Edison is renting about 1.5 square miles of industrial rooftops in southern California for solar panel installation. These “...[read more]

Feed-In Tariff is the Answer for Los Angeles Residents and Utilities, Study Shows

April 12, 2010 by Taylen Peterson

The Los Angeles Business Council, in conjunction with UCLA’s Luskin Center For Innovation and a number of public and private institutions, has released a study examining the potential benefits of a feed-in tariff (FIT) policy in and around Los Angeles. That study concluded that a FIT would benefit all parties involved, including...[read more]

ReCircle: LEDs, smart roofs, not-so-smart meters, Joe Biden, and more!

March 27, 2010 by Peter Troast

From Energy Circle: LEDs could just save the U.S. ...$120 billion in energy costs and tons of earth-warming carbon emissions, that is. This, from a recent Department of Energy report that projects in 20 years a wholesale switch to the coolest lights on earth. In search of energy efficiency know-how, online. Energy Circle founder Peter...[read more]

Price for solar permit takes a dive in LA

July 11, 2009 by ToddWallace

Los Angeles County, California recently lowered the cost of a permit for solar power installations. The old permit could set a homeowner back by $1100. Now, permits for solar systems that generate under 10 kilowatts of power cost $370. The lower rate will cover most small projects – industry experts say a typical home’s solar system...[read more]