LA100 Equity Strategies: Achieving Equity Outcomes and Environmental Justice in L.A.'s Energy Transformation
Following the release of the groundbreaking Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study (LA100), LADWP launched LA100 Equity Strategies to ensure the path to 100% carbon-free energy is equitable as well as achievable. LA100 Equity Strategies, a two-year study in partnership with the Dept. of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), brings together L.A.-based community justice organizations and stakeholders in a Steering Committee to guide this unprecedented effort.
LA100 Equity Strategies, a two-year study in partnership with NREL and UCLA, brought together L.A.-based community justice organizations and stakeholders in a Steering Committee to guide this unprecedented effort. Together with our research partners and Committee members, we conducted extensive community engagement, through Listening Sessions with representatives from underserved communities across L.A., as well as broader outreach through Community Meetings with communities across L.A.
The result, the LA100 Equity Strategies Report, provides a detailed analysis of L.A.’s clean energy investment inequities and identifies strategies in the form of policies and programs that are "Powered by Equity" for the City of Los Angeles to address them.
LADWP to Build and Operate EV Fast-Charging Stations in L.A.’s Underserved Communities, Offer $4,000 Used EV Rebate to Provide Working Class Angelenos a Clean Energy Future ‘Powered by Equity’
On November 16th, LADWP announced a comprehensive plan to build, operate and maintain a city-owned network of electric vehicle (EV) ‘fast-charger’ stations in the city’s underserved communities, ensuring that working-class Angelenos share in the benefits of L.A.’s transition to a clean energy future. The EV charging plaza network is the cornerstone of LADWP’s ‘Powered by Equity’ initiative, which seeks to ensure that all customers can realize the full benefits of L.A.’s clean energy future.
We have an opportunity to be innovative and bold. We have an opportunity to shape our clean energy future in a manner that delivers benefits to community residents and our LADWP customers in the neighborhoods where they live. We’re making a conscious decision to take intentional clean energy actions that are ‘Powered by Equity’ as recommended by the newly released LA100 Equity Strategies research study. We serve four million residential and business customers across a diverse spectrum – rich and poor alike. LADWP’s mission must be to enable our customers to benefit from our transition to clean energy, not be left to bear onerous economic burdens because of it.
This report was a true team effort with LADWP staff working with several community partners giving their time, expertise and experiences to really help shape our understanding of the barriers that perpetuate inequities, and broaden our perspective to the opportunities that exist to achieve equity and access for our customers and communities.
The LA100 Renewable Energy Study was about how we transition to a clean energy future. LA100 Equity Strategies is about how we do it right.
No other utility in the United States has made a commitment to not only 100% renewable, but making sure it’s implemented equitably. This is the power of a municipal utility, a utility owned by and for its customers.
At NREL, our vision is a clean energy vision for the world. I cannot think of a better project that better exemplifies that vision than LA100 Equity Strategies. The strategies developed in this project, through community engagement and robust modeling and analysis, provide options to support Los Angeles in achieving 100% clean energy while improving energy equity for all of it's residents.
The Sierra Club and our half a million members and supporters across California celebrate LADWP's leadership and it's call for an equitable transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035.
All of this is an energy revolution and evolution. L.A.'s ambitious 100% clean energy goal 10 years before the state's mandate is what Angelenos need to address the grim reality that we have a brief timeline to avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis and air pollution crisis across Southern California.