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L.A. Wants to Build a Hydrogen-Fueled Power Plant, Something Thats Never Been Done Before


As Los Angeles weans itself off the last of its coal-generated electricity, the city needs to replace that fuel with a climate-polluting natural gas plant in Utah, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power staff insisted Tuesday.

But they also pledged the facility would eventually burn renewable hydrogen instead of natural gas something that has never been done before.

Following pressure from climate change activists, LADWP laid out its most detailed timeline yet for transitioning from planet-warming gas to clean-burning hydrogen at a new facility that would replace the coal-fired Intermountain Power Plant. If the utility succeeds, the Intermountain plant could become a model for governments and power companies around the world.

There is no way to get to 100% renewable energy that I can see right now without hydrogen in the mix. It doesnt exist, LADWP General Manager Marty Adams told the utilitys board of commissioners on Tuesday.


Tim Hunt's picture
Tim Hunt on Dec 12, 2019 2:38 pm GMT

No suprise.... California has always had a glutinous need for power with the mind set of "Not In My backyard attitude" for building Generation and Transmission. This should be interesting how this idea progresses after the Trojan fiasco in Oregon.

Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Dec 12, 2019 5:14 pm GMT

Can you talk more about the gluttonous need for power from California, Tim? Are you suggesting we should be prioritizing efficiency/conservation more than new generation, or is there something about the CA region that you think in particular has issue with growing demand?

Sid Abma's picture
Sid Abma on Dec 12, 2019 5:47 pm GMT

What is it going to cost to convert Intermountain coal fired power plant to natural gas? Instead of doing that they could apply a Sidel Carbon Capture Utilization System. With this CCU System operating the combusted coal exhaust will be putting into the atmosphere much less CO2 than the upgraded to natural gas will be capable of accomplishing. Lets also take into consideration job losses and income for the community.                      We know the environmentalists just want coal dead, but there are new and better options.

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