Environment & Science

LADWP wants to replace dirty coal power plant with cleaner natural gas. Why it's still controversial

A lump of coal.
A lump of coal.

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Los Angeles has been cutting back on burning fossil fuels for electricity.

It’s on track to get one-third of its power from renewable sources like wind and solar within the next two years. But now, the LADWP wants to build a new gas-fired power plant in Utah. It would replace a larger, but much dirtier coal-burning plant. Some environmentalists see the $840 million dollar project as a setback.

This story is part of Elemental: Covering Sustainability, a new multimedia collaboration between Cronkite News, Arizona PBS, KJZZ, KPCC, Rocky Mountain PBS and PBS SoCal.