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.
This is the conclusion of a three-year analysis by the U.S Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
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.