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Eric Garcetti currently serves as a Los Angeles City Councilmember, representing the 13th District. Mr. Garcetti was elected by his peers four times to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. Now, Mr. Garcetti is running for Mayor of Los Angeles – in a race that will be decided on May 21.
As Mayor, Mr. Garcetti is committed to significantly expanding the production of local solar power in Los Angeles – specifically setting a level of 1,200 MW by 2016.
Craig Lewis, Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Coalition, recently had the chance to talk with Mr. Garcetti about making Los Angeles a national leader in the new energy economy, as captured in the relevant dialog below.
Craig Lewis (CL): Mr. Garcetti, you are committed to deploying 1,200 MW of solar energy within the City of Los Angeles by 2016. Why are you so dedicated to this objective?
Eric Garcetti (EG): Making Los Angeles a solar energy leader will make our city healthier and more prosperous, and will help achieve my goal of a coal and nuclear-free DWP. I am 100 percent dedicated to a 1,200 MW solar goal, which would keep harmful pollution out of our atmosphere and lungs, and would inject more than $2 billion into our local economy. An aggressive commitment to solar will kick-start a new energy economy in Los Angeles, moving us away from a status quo that sees us cede leadership and spend money buying energy outside of Los Angeles. At a 1,200 MW scale, Los Angeles will approach the economies of scale enjoyed in Germany, which is currently deploying rooftop solar at an extremely competitive 7 cents per KWH — a level cheaper than any source of energy available to Angelenos today.
CL: How can other parties help you achieve 1,200 MW of local solar for Los Angeles?
EG: Tell your friends, family, co-workers to vote! And make sure they vote for Eric Garcetti!
The Clean Coalition is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the transition to local energy systems through innovative policies and programs that deliver cost-effective renewable energy, strengthen local economies, foster environmental sustainability, and provide energy resilience. For further information on the Clean Coalition, please visit www.Clean-Coali