Los Angeles can power its homes and businesses with 100% renewable energy by 2035. The city can actually do this without causing blackouts or incurring huge expenses.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) partnered with NREL on this, first-of-its-kind, highly detailed, rigorous, and science-based analysis of the potential pathways the community can take to achieve 100% renewable energy.
NREL developed a range of scenarios on different timescales and expected levels of building and vehicle electrification.
The first is a very conservative scenario that targets 100% renewables by 2045 at a cost of $57bn-$69bn, and the second is a more aggressive scenario that targets the year 2035 with a budget of $86bn.
The results of this analysis may convince those in doubt that Los Angeles and the rest of the U.S can wean the electricity sector off fossil fuels—despite a fresh wave of skepticism about wind and solar power following the events that occurred after the Texas grid failed.