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LADWP offers workshops for customers to learn more about the utility's plans

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Customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power can learn more about the utility's long-range plans at a series of workshops – including one tonight.

The DWP is updating how it’ll obtain Los Angeles’ power and how much it’ll cost. Maybe that sounds simple. But in the last year the DWP has faced complicated hurdles to setting policy, including the departure of its last general manager and his replacement with two interim leaders, with no permanent successor named to the top job.

The city-owned utility also has tried to re-balance its energy portfolio after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa promised to eliminate L.A.’s use of coal within 10 years. Los Angeles has derived about 40 percent of its energy from coal in recent years.

In addition, the agency's closing in on its goal of getting 20 percent of its power from renewable sources including solar, wind, hydropower and geothermal. Meeting its energy and climate mandates, not to mention fulfilling officials’ promises, may also raise Angelenos' rates for water and power.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. tonight at the Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles.