Wednesday, December 14, 2005

DWP expedites push for Green Power

Los Angeles' Department of Water and Power is speeding up its adoption of environmentally-friendly power.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power can generate 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2010, or seven years earlier than planned, but it will likely result in heftier bills, the agency said Tuesday.

DWP board members said any increase is likely to be about $1 per month for the average homeowner, a rise that member H. David Nahai characterized as "affordable."

As a result, the panel reached a consensus during a workshop Tuesday to move the deadline up to 2010. A vote to adopt that deadline as policy will be held at the board's meeting next Tuesday.

Former Mayor James K. Hahn proposed that the city increase green power in its energy portfolio from 3% to 20% by 2017.