California strengthens coal generation limits

25 May 2007 — The California Energy Commission imposed new rules that effectively forbid the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and all other municipal utilities in the state from signing new contracts with coal-fired power plants.

California has largely phased out coal-fired generators within its borders. But according to the Los Angeles Times newspaper, the state still buys about 20 percent of its electricity from coal-fueled power plants in other states.

The DWP buys 47 percent of its power from two coal-fired plants in Utah and Arizona. Those contracts expire in 2017 and 2027. Now, under state law, they cannot be renewed unless those plants find a way to sequester their emissions underground.

“We saw this legislation coming and we support it,” said David Nahai, president of the DWP board.