Los Angeles needs PV-storage surge to hit net-zero by 2035

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The decarbonisation of Los Angeles’ power supply by 2035 requires faster buildout of PV plus storage while new transmission corridors would lift the outlook for stand-alone PV, a new study shows.

A new report shows that Los Angeles can achieve zero carbon power generation by 2035 by rapidly expanding solar and wind capacity and retaining some nuclear power. By 2045, Los Angeles could achieve 100% renewable energy and exit nuclear under various scenarios, the report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) showed.

The findings could help President Joe Biden meet his pledge to decarbonise the entire US power sector by 2035 and cut total US emissions by 50% by 2030 on the way to net zero by 2050. Biden plans to extend tax credits for solar, wind and storage, implement a tax credit for new transmission lines, and require utilities to source more renewable energy.

Serving 4 million people, LADWP is the largest municipal utility in the US and has a generation capacity of 7.8 GW. Solar and wind can meet 69%-97% of Los Angeles’ power demand, depending on the scenario, the study said.

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