Equity, Good Jobs, and Climate Resiliency
The Repower LA Coalition formed in 2011 in response to two major challenges: double digit unemployment in many of LA’s neighborhoods, worsened by the Great Recession, and our city’s unsustainable reliance on dirty energy. For example, every year, Los Angeles generates 99.1 million metric tons of carbon emissions.
That’s why the coalition began by advocating for increased investment in energy efficiency programs that would save customers money on their bills, create good, career path jobs and help the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), the nation’s largest municipally-owned utility, move toward cleaner energy. Los Angeles is on track to reduce energy use 15% by 2020 and by 442 GWh by the end of this year (the equivalent of taking over 64,000 cars off the road). That’s enough energy to power 400,000 homes. Thanks to our coalition’s advocacy, the Department has now helped upgrade 20,000 homes, small businesses and schools throughout the city. Now, the coalition is also working to expand access to solar power.
A cornerstone of RePower LA’s work is its support for the Utility Pre-Craft Trainee program, which was developed by IBEW Local 18 in partnership with the DWP. The program has opened up quality career path opportunities at both the DWP and the City for entry level workers across Los Angeles. It is also training future utility workers, against the backdrop of massive waves of planned retirement by DWP’s existing workforce.
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