The City of L.A. Is Selling Its Interest in Arizona Coal Power Plant Ahead of Schedule

Out with the coal, in with geothermal power

No, the Navajo plant is not an exotic species of tree—though its sale will help the city go green. The mayor announced Monday that the city will sell its shares in the Navajo Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant based in Arizona. The sale is part of Garcetti’s pledge to make L.A. coal-free by 2025.

Instead of relying on coal-fired power, the L.A. Department of Water and Power is turning to renewable geothermal power. This reduction of greenhouse gas emissions will be equilvelent to removing 12,300 cars off the road each year. After the sale of the Navajo plant, the city will only have shares in one more coal-fired power plant in Utah; Garcetti will set his sights on removing shares from this plant next.

The sale begs the question: what will happen to the Navajo plant itself?

Navajo has four other owners besides LADWP, so it may not close down immediately. However, the sale also includes a provision that could result in the shutdown of one of Navajo’s three plants.

In a press release, LAWDP General Manager Marcie Edwards said, “it is important to us that the environmental benefits of the agreement extend beyond the city of Los Angeles to the area in which the plant is located.”

What’s next on Garcetti’s bucket list after he rids the city of coal energy? It’s all a part of his Sustainable City pLAn to make the city go green—and strengthen the economy. There are even suggestions for other renewable energy sources, like water and solar power.