Environment & the World

Saturday, November 25, 2006

SoCal Cities Pass on More Coal

Filed under: Energy, Politics — amirj @ 8:17 am

Before the what-are-you-thankful-for trope gets too far behind us, here’s something to consider. Just in time for Thanksgiving, a group of Southern California cities decided they’ve had enough with dirty coal power plants. To make it official, they decided not to renew their contracts for coal power, and instead to look to renewable energy sources to power their future.

“Officials in Pasadena, Anaheim and several other large cities notified the Intermountain Power Agency this week that they would not be renewing their contracts for cheap, coal-fired power.

Those contracts expire in 2027. That leaves the cities two decades to secure the alternative energy sources they’ll need, from wind farms to desert solar power.

The moves could put the region in the forefront nationally of the commercial use of alternative energy in coming years, but researching and building the infrastructure to replace coal-fired power will be a costly, risky business.

‘All of these technologies are still in their infancy,” said Phyllis Currie, general manager of Pasadena Water & Power. ‘We’re still looking at the fact that right now, the Intermountain plant is 65 percent of our energy.'”

I suppose this announcement is something to be thankful for. Oh, and about the risky business stuff–I’m not too worried. If there’s political will, I’m confident we’ll find a way. With its abundant sunshine, it shouldn’t be too hard to generate plenty of solar power in SoCal.

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