Delayed Vote on Plan to Shift Power Plant from Natural Gas to Green Hydrogen

Delayed Vote on Plan to Shift Power Plant from Natural Gas to Green Hydrogen

The Los Angeles City Council delayed a final vote on a plan to shift the Scattergood Generating Station, a power plant in Playa del Rey, from natural gas to green hydrogen. The council voted 8-3 last week to authorize a competitive bid proposal process for the estimated $800 million plan, but it was delayed until January 11 due to new members taking their seats. Paul Krekorian argued that the plan is necessary for Los Angeles to meet its goal of achieving 100% clean energy by 2035. Environmental groups have expressed concerns about the impact of green hydrogen on the climate and lack of transparency from officials. The Board of Water and Power Commissioners approved a resolution in August that said transitioning to green hydrogen would help them reach their goal of 100% renewable energy by 2035.

Green Hydrogen by 2035

The global demand for green hydrogen is expected to reach over 200 million tonnes by 2035. This will be driven by a number of factors, including the increasing cost-competitiveness of renewable energy sources, the need to reduce carbon emissions, and the growing demand for clean energy sources. According to a recent report from BloombergNEF, green hydrogen could account for up to 18% of global energy consumption by 2050. In addition, the International Energy Agency estimates that green hydrogen could provide up to 24% of total global energy needs by 2060. As such, it is clear that green hydrogen has an important role to play in helping us meet our climate goals and transition towards a more sustainable future.
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