Applaud California Cities for Approving 20-Year Renewable Power Agreement

Target: Governor of California, Jerry Brown

Goal: Applaud the California cities of Los Angeles and Burbank for approving a 20-year power agreement to purchase emissions-free energy.

The California cities of Los Angeles and Burbank recently approved a 20-year agreement to purchase 250MW of power from Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s planned Copper Mountain Solar 3 facility to be established in Boulder City, Nevada. Forward-thinking action such as this taken by these cities represents real demand for renewable energy and encourages the continued construction of new plants. Applaud the cities of Los Angeles and Burbank for their participation in keeping our natural environment safe.

Clean energy from the Copper Mountain Solar 3 plant will be transmitted to Southern California through power lines operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). The power will be provided to LADWP and Burbank through an agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), a joint powers organization of which both cities are members. The SCPPA is made up of 11 municipal utilities and one irrigation district and finances power and transmission assets for the benefit of its members. Power from Sempra’s new plant will be split, with the majority of 210MW going to LADWP while Burbank takes the remaining 40MW.

The Copper Mountain Solar 3 site itself will be situated on 1,400 acres of land in Boulder City, Nevada, about 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas. The installation is set to commence construction in 2014 and will create about 300 local jobs and 12 permanent positions. The 250MW of clean energy it generates is enough to power 80,000 average homes in Los Angeles and Burbank. President and CEO of Sempra, Jeffrey W. Martin, commented on the agreement: “We are pleased to partner with the cities of Los Angeles and Burbank as they assume a leadership role in bringing clean renewable energy to their customers in California.”

Some individuals realize the significance of this agreement to the development of future green energy projects. “This solar contract with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power is positive proof that environmental progress and economic growth go hand in hand,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles. “It is high time Los Angeles kicked its addiction to dirty coal energy, and I am proud we are setting an example for a successful, cost-efficient transition to renewable energy.” The decision of these cities to purchase emissions free power gives others a precedent to follow and should receive state recognition. Sign this petition to ask California Governor Jerry Brown to applaud Los Angeles and Burbank for agreeing to purchase Copper Mountain Solar 3’s new power and setting a sustainable foundation for our environment.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Brown,

The cities of Los Angeles and Burbank recently approved a 20-year power agreement with the company Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. Through the Southern California Public Power Authority, the cities will purchase 250MW of emissions-free energy from Sempra’s Copper Mountain Solar 3 installation to be completed by 2015 in Boulder City, Nevada. Construction of the site will stimulate the local economy, and when completed, the plant will be capable of supplying enough clean energy to power 80,000 homes.

The forward thinking-action taken by these municipalities represents the substantial demand that exists for new clean energy and sets an example for other cities and states to follow. Power companies taking a leading role in bringing their customers sustainable, carbon free resources is an important step towards a foundation of environmentally friendly energy. I urge you to applaud Los Angeles and Burbank for their agreement to purchase Copper Mountain Solar 3’s emissions-free power.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Signed! Solar on every roof or a back-up generator is still a good thing to do for each individual and/or home, building, business.

  2. Ruth Rogers Ruth Rogers says:

    Good step in a good direction!

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