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
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