Los Angeles

LA Plans to Eliminate Coal from Power Sources

Will drive up utility bills, they admit


In a city that gets nearly 40 percent of its power from coal, a Los Angeles utility is taking steps to wean its dependence on the fossil fuel by the middle of the next decade.

"The move we are taking in this change is the most dramatic move of any city in the U.S.," said Ronald O. Nichols, general manager of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

By 2025, LA plans to eliminate its dependence on coal-fired plants in Utah and Arizona.