Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Propose Expansion of Coal Power Plant

Burning coal is the most polluting form of power generation currently in use. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) is proposing a 950 megawatt expansion of one of its coal-fired power plants. The plant, located in Delta, Utah, currently generates 14 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), 29,000 tons of nitrogen oxide (NOX), and over 4,200 tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2), the main component in acid rain. The DWP is proposing ownership of the expansion of the facility.

A full 50% of DWP’s electricity comes from coal; only 2% of their energy comes from renewable energy, such as wind, solar, hydro, and bio-earth. California has mandated that at least 20% of the city’s energy derive from renewables by 2017.

To this effort, PSR-LA has collaborated with other air quality groups, including the Coalition for Clean Air, in our effort to fight for cleaner and more efficient forms of energy. PSR-LA’s Martha Dina Arguello, Ed Chung, M.D., and Gilbert Estrada organized a guerilla press event in December at the Los Angeles City Council chambers. PSR-LA, joined by “Santa Claus” and the Coalition for Clean Air, sung Christmas carols fused with clean air messages. Fittingly, the merry protestors delivered lumps of coal as “presents” to the naughty council members. The media covered the protest.

Already, the expansion of the Utah power plant by the DWP has brought on serious criticism by the Grand Canyon

Trust, Rocky Mountain Office of Environmental Defense, and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Recently, a coal-burning electric power plant in Monroe, Michigan released 17.5 million tons of CO2.

PSR-LA will continue to work for the implementation of cleaner and more sustainable sources of energy, resulting in  healthier outcomes for the public.

For more information about the proposed City of Los Angeles coal power plant expansion contact Gilbert Estrada at (213) 386-4901.

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