Mayor Eric Garcetti has led the expansion of his 2015 based sustainable city plan. Consequentially, California’s largest city is now ought to achieve the “carbon – free” title by the year 2050.
Garcetti’s plan calls out to all the Angelenos to abandon the use of personal cars and ride on public transport instead. The aim is to build a zero-emissions transportation network and electrify buildings. Another most significant addition to this Green New Deal is the forethought of crafting local solar and energy storage systems in the US.
The 151-page plan with 13 points entails the most comprehensive infrastructure to stoush all climatic calamities. A plan is an effective tool for the amount of renewable energy that must be deployed. Advancement of the energy transition in electricity holds the primacy with goals of 55 percent renewable by 2025 and 80 percent by 2036, and a handful of policies to enable rapid manufacturing of local solar and energy storage systems.
Los Angeles has the rawest watts of solar panels installed as compared to any other U.S. city, its per-capita numbers lag those of San Jose, San Diego and Riverside – the largest cities served by PG&E, SDG&E, and SCE respectively, the state’s three large investor-owned utilities.
The 419 MW at Los Angeles by 2018 will stand lieu of the recent 1,950 MW of “local solar”, as initiated by this stratagem. Based on a 2016 report by the U.S. Department of National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the city’s rooftops have the technical potential to host 9GW of solar, which is enough to supply 60 percent of its current electricity demand.
Evidently, the scheme emphasizes more on the energy storage targets than its local solar targets, as energy storage is required to encourage imported renewable. Its significance lies in the fact that the region gets exposed to very high levels of renewable energy in its electricity supply, particularly in the winter, unlike the rest of the nation.
The plan intends to expand the feed-in tariff, create new community solar programs for low-income households and renters, launch a virtual net metering pilot program for multifamily housing and require that all new parking structures have solar installations by the year 2021.
Los Angeles’ new goal is the third-most aggressive policy at the state level. The plan also mandates that all citizens must electrify their state-owned building or major renovations, thus hitting on the target for every single building in the city to become emissions-free by 2050.
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