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L.A. MAYOR APPROVES LARGE LONG-TERM SOLAR POWER AGREEMENTS

(The following is a reformatted version of a media advisory issued by the City 
of Los Angeles and received via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by 
the sender.) 
*MAYOR ANTONIO R. VILLARAIGOSA
City of Los Angeles 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2012 
*MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA APPROVES LARGE LONG-TERM SOLAR POWER AGREEMENTS 
Contracts Represent Major Step Towards Meeting Los Angeles’ Renewable
Energy Goals 
LOS ANGELES *– Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today joined environmental,
business, and labor leaders in front of the Occidental Solar Array project
to sign two city ordinances that approve large long-term solar power
purchasing contracts for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
(LADWP). Together, the agreements will provide 460 megawatts of clean solar
power to Los Angeles. 
“These solar contracts are proof positive that environmental progress and
economic growth go hand-in-hand,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “It is high time
Los Angeles kicked its addiction to dirty coal energy and I am proud we are
setting an example for a successful, cost-efficient transition to renewable
energy.” 
Since taking office in 2005, Mayor Villaraigosa has prioritized tackling
local environmental problems and minimizing Los Angeles’ contribution to
global climate change. As the largest municipally owned utility in the
country, LADWP provides Los Angeles with a unique opportunity to spearhead
the use of clean energy. The Mayor successfully led the department to
increase its renewable energy use to 20% by 2010 and set new goals of 25%
renewable power by 2016 and 33% by 2020. 
"The K Road and Copper Mountain 3 projects, along with a proposed
LADWP-owned property that will support a solar project in the California
High Desert and the City Solar Feed-in-Tariff Program, will represent over
8.5% of the total renewable energy goal of 33% by 2020," said LADWP General
Manager Ronald O. Nichols.  "These are among the largest solar projects of
any public utility in the nation and a major step forward in our efforts to
secure more renewable energy in a cost effective manner." 
The Mayor approved a 25-year contract with K Road Moapa Solar, LLC (K Road)
for up to 250 megawatts of power, representing about 706,650 megawatt-hours
– enough energy to power about 118,000 Los Angeles households. LADWP will
be the sole recipient of solar power from K Road, which will be located on
Moapa Band of Paiute Indians tribal land north of Las Vegas. 
"Mayor Villaraigosa's announcement today that the city of Los Angeles will
be purchasing solar power from the Moapa band of Paiutes promotes
environmental justice and also sets a strong example for how American
cities can help defeat climate disruption,” said Michael Brune, Executive
Director of the Sierra Club. “The Sierra Club applauds the Mayor for his
leadership and bold action to move L.A. beyond the dirty fuels at the root
of our climate crisis, and we urge President Obama and our leaders in
Congress to take similar action to invest in clean energy sources like
solar and wind." 
He also approved a second agreement for 210 megawatts of power from the
250-megawatt Copper Mountain Solar 3 project, which will be developed by an
affiliate of Sempra U.S. Gas and Power and is located near Boulder City,
Nevada.  The Copper Mountain Solar project will provide enough power to
serve 75,000 Los Angeles homes. 
“Once again Los Angeles is demonstrating leadership in promoting a clean
energy economy,” said Mary Leslie, President of the Los Angeles Business
Council. "Through these contracts and programs like the new Feed-in-Tariff
to be launched early next year, the LADWP is spurring private sector
investment, creating jobs, and helping reduce Los Angeles’ carbon
footprint." 
These two contracts are part of the LADWP’s larger solar portfolio, which
has expanded in the past year to include the 250 megawatt Adelanto solar
array and the groundbreaking future 150 megawatt Feed-in-Tariff (FiT)
program. Taken all together, the LADWP is in a position to provide enough
green energy annually to serve approximately 331,000 Los Angeles
households. 
"The Moapa project shows that the City and the DWP are taking leadership on
the environmental front, but also making it a priority to create good jobs
and have a positive effect on the communities they impact - whether here in
Los Angeles or in Nevada," said Jessica Goodheart, Director of RePower LA. 
Long reliant on coal power, the two agreements move LADWP further away from
dependence on fossil fuels and toward cleaner, more sustainable and
renewable energy sources. In the next decade, LADWP will completely replace
over 70% of its power supply to eliminate coal through a combination of
increasing energy efficiency [to replace at least 10% of the city’s power
demand], expanding renewable energy to 33% by 2020, completely eliminating
the use of ocean water cooling at its three coastal power plants, and
balancing the new energy mix with cleaner and more efficient natural gas,
all while maintaining system reliability. 
CONTACT:*
Barb Solish
Barb.Solish@lacity.org
(213) 978-0741 
(kgt)NY 
 
 
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