Los Angeles plans to eliminate coal as a source of power by 2025, mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced this week. The city's municipal utility, the Department of Water and Power, is moving forward with plans to stop using energy from two coal-burning plants in Arizona and Utah.
Villaraigosa originally hoped to eliminate coal from the city's energy consumption by 2020, but issues with contracts and changes in leadership at the DWP have slowed his plans.
The city's utility plans to sell its 21 percent interest in the Navajo Generating Station in Page, Arizona, and convert the Utah power plant to natural gas.
"There's no utility in the country going faster and further," Evan Gillespie of the Sierra Club said.
Eliminating the city's consumption of coal-fired energy from the two plants would be equivalent to taking 2 million cars off the road.