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  • Mayor's Decision to Ignore LADWP Plan Will Jeopardize Energy Reliability

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    Van Nuys, Calif. – The Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) is disappointed by Mayor Garcetti’s decision to disregard the findings of DWP’s once-through-cooling study by shutting down natural gas fired power plants and repowering them with renewable energy sources. The DWP study found that Los Angeles’s aging gas fired power plants cannot be repowered in time with renewables and battery storage without jeopardizing grid reliability.
    VICA President Stuart Waldman said:
    Decommissioning Los Angeles’s natural gas fired power plants blatantly ignores the recommendations made by the once-through-cooling study. While VICA supports the integration of more renewable energy options, we currently lack renewable options cheap, or reliable, enough to replace gas plants without increasing the risk of outages and increasing electricity rates.
    “VICA is unwilling to risk grid reliability for any reason. Reliable power is critical for the commercial and industrial businesses currently served by these gas powered plants. DWP should repower these facilities with new, more efficient gas technology which will ensure reliability and allow the city to meet its long term clean energy goals.

    “This is a shortsighted and expensive experiment that will undoubtedly require rate increases. VICA is deeply concerned about the impact any rate increases would have on businesses and their employees; raising the cost of living in Los Angeles will only make it more difficult for businesses to attract and retain talent.  
    “VICA has worked with the DWP staff on the once-through-cooling study for more than a year to advocate for energy solutions that won’t harm our San Fernando Valley businesses. This proposal blatantly ignores the input of community stakeholders and energy experts, and will undoubtedly harm Angelenos.”
    The mission of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) is to enhance the economic vitality of the greater San Fernando Valley region by advocating for a better business climate and quality of life. Visit www.vica.com for more information.
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