City Carbon Index Action - Clean LA Solar Program Petition


  • Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa


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Please Adopt the "CLEAN LA" Solar Program

Dear [Decision Maker],

I write to you as a concerned citizen of Los Angeles and a member of Global Green's Citizen's Climate Initiative. I am doing what I can in my own life to reduce my carbon footprint, but I realize that it will take the collective voice and effort of all Angelenos to create lasting, significant change to address the impacts of climate change.

I want to salute you on your ambitious agenda for making LA the greenest big city in the country, and pledge my support toward that endeavor in any way I can. However, I am very concerned that despite that fact that Los Angeles is one of the sunniest cities in the world, we lag far behind others in developing a long-term sustainable plan for harvesting solar energy.

Our municipal utility, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), generates close to 50% of its electricity from dirty coal. Much of that coal-fired generation is produced out of state, fouling the air of our neighbors to the east Nevada, Arizona and Utah and then trucked across thousands of miles of power lines creating an inefficient system of delivery. I know that we need enough electricity to run our homes and offices, hospitals and universities, and all the
other buildings we have created to support our thriving metropolis, but I support finding a way to do this that creates clean, local jobs and supports our local economy, while also doing our part to help protect the environment.

I support the CLEAN LA Solar proposal a solution that would bring electricity production closer to home, create clean, green jobs for people in Los Angeles and help us increase our energy independence.

The CLEAN LA program, proposed by the LA Business Council and based on research from UCLA is supported by a variety of environmental, business and labor organizations including Global Green. CLEAN LA would increase the number of local rooftop solar installations, and would pay the owners of those roofs a fair price for the energy they produce.

To make the CLEAN LA program a reality, I strongly urge you to support the immediate adoption of the CLEAN LA Solar proposal of a 150MW solar Feed In Tariff program over 5 years starting in July 2011, increasing to 450 MW from 2016 through 2020. The so-called "Feed In Tariff" is a critical element to ensure clean, renewable power right here in our backyards.

I appreciate your attention to this issue and look forward to your response.

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