March 2001 - On March 2, the Los Angeles City Council approved a plan to meet about 10% of the city's electricity needs with power generated from new renewable resources, representing one of the largest municipal green power purchases in the country. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will provide the city with approximately 50 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year of renewable power through its Green Power for a Green LA program. With previous commitments from Los Angeles World Airports and the city's Water System, the total city government green power purchase will be more than 70 million kWh.
News Release - City Approves Green Power Purchase - Among Largest in Nation
LADWP Contact: Walter Zeisl (213) 367-1342
December 2000 - In a new twist to its Green Power for a Green LA program, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is offering green power certificates for sale as a mechanism for customers and non-customers alike to reduce pollution through green power purchases. Because the green power certificates are not tied to a customer's specific electricity use, there is no limit on the number of certificates that can be purchased. The utility envisions that certificates will be purchased as gifts for special occasions or festivities throughout the year. The funds derived from certificate sales will be used to cover the incremental cost of purchasing power generated from newly developed renewable energy resources.
News Release - DWP Offers Green Power Certificates - No longer online at www.ladwp.com
LADWP Contact: Walter Zeisl (213) 367-1342
August 2000 - The recently concluded Democratic National Convention held at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles was powered with wind energy provided from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's (LADWP) Green Power for a Green L.A. program. The wind energy is supplied to the utility by Enron Power Marketing, Inc., under a recently approved power purchase agreement.
News Release - DWP Purchase of New Wind Energy for Green Power Program Approved by Board
November 1999 - The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) announced that just six months after launching its Green Power for a Green L.A. program, 20,000 customers have signed up to receive green power. This makes LADWP the leader among utility green pricing programs in total number of customer subscribers. With a customer base of 1.37 million, about 1.5% of the utility's customers are participating in the program. The utility hopes to obtain upwards of 200,000 customer participants in the next two to three years.
Participating customers will begin receiving green power in the next few weeks from a newly constructed geothermal plant; the utility is also negotiating to purchase wind and biomass power for the program. Customers can sign up to purchase green power for 20% of their electricity needs an average customer uses about 500 kWh each month for $3.00/month or a price premium of 3¢/kWh. The utility provides participating customers with free energy efficiency products and services to help reduce their bills and offset the increased cost of the green power.
LADWP has also secured a number of high-profile business customers for the program, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles International Airport, and Robinson May Department Stores.
News Release - DWP Reaches First Major Milestone in Green Power for a Green L.A. Program - No longer online at greenla.com
LADWP Contact: John Giese (213) 367-0434
October 1999 - Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the municipal organization that governs the city's four airports, including Los Angeles International (LAX), announced that it will participate in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's (LADWP) Green Power for a Green LA program. Under a 10-year agreement, LAWA will gradually increase the percentage of green power it purchases from LADWP from 10% of total electricity use initially to 50% in 2010. LAWA hopes to purchase 100% green power by 2015.
While, initially, LAWA will use discounted rate savings to pay the higher cost of the green energy, the organization is prepared to spend an additional $250,000 annually to meet the longer-term commitment. LAWA currently purchases about one million kWh annually to power the LAX and Van Nuys airports.
According to an organization official, "LAWA intends to set the standard in the airport industry as being a friend to the environment. Our hope is to encourage other airports and businesses to follow suit."
LAWA is a self-supporting branch of the City of Los Angeles, governed by a five-member Board of Airport Commissioners.
News Release - Los Angeles World Airports Authorized To Sign 10-Year Agreement With DWP To Purchase Green Power
LAWA Contact: Scott Read (310) 646-5260
LADWP Contact: Randy Howard (213) 367-0381
May 1999 - The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officially launched its green pricing program on May 13. Dubbed "Green Power for a Green L.A.," the program allows customers the option to receive 100% renewable energy at an additional cost of only $3.00 per month for the average residential customer. The utility will supply 20% of the power from new renewable sources.
A novel twist to the program is that participating customers will be given free energy efficiency products and services to help reduce their bills and offset the increased cost of the green power.
News Release - LA's New 'Green Power' Program Will Save Customers Money
LADWP Contact: John Giese, 1-800-GreenLA
December 1998 - The Los Angeles City Council approved the green pricing program proposed by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Dubbed "Green Power for a Green L.A.," the program will give LADWP customers the choice of purchasing a portion of their electricity from renewable energy sources. The extra cost for residential customers purchasing 20 percent of their electricity needs as green power would be about $3.00 per month. Business customers can also participate buy purchasing a minimum of 500 kWh to 1,000 kWh per month, depending on their specific size and power use. The program will be launched in the first quarter of 1999.
August 1998 - Pursuant to its recent green pricing program announcement (see July 1998 below), the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has released a request for proposals (RFP) for "a combination of renewables generation resources equivalent to approximately 100 megawatts with a capacity factor of 25 percent." Proposals are being sought for new sources of renewable energy as (1) green power, (2) a grid-intertied commercial rooftop photovoltaic system, and (3) a large quantity of solar water heaters. LADWP expects to initially contract for 20 MW of generation, with options to increase to the full 100 MW depending on customer response. For more information, please contact John Giese, 213-367-0434, email@example.com
View a copy of the LADWP RFP. (PDF 124 KB) Download Acrobat Reader
View a description of the LADWP green pricing program. (PDF 400 KB) Download Acrobat Reader
July 1998 - The board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) unanimously endorsed two new programs that will provide customers with green power choices. The first program will offer residential customers the option to purchase 20% or more of their electricity from renewable resources at a small price premium. Commercial and industrial customers can also participate "by adding a minimum to their total energy bill for green resources." LADWP will release a request for proposals (RFP) for 20 MW of green power to service these customers.
The second program will allow up to 1,000 residential customers to install photovoltaic (PV) systems on their rooftops. The PV rooftop program will be partially subsidized with public benefits funds collected by LADWP under California's electricity restructuring law. The Los Angeles City Council and mayor must still approve the two programs.
LADWP will match the premiums paid under the two green power programs with "green rewards" that can be redeemed with purchases of energy efficient appliances. The resulting bill savings will "more than offset" the premiums that customers will pay for the green power.
For a description of the LADWP green pricing program. (PDF 124 KB) Download Acrobat Reader
LADWP Contact: John Giese 1-800-GreenLA