DWP raises rates and then spends your money to deliver 2.4 million CFL bulbs to your home so they can light up the town
That’s right, you pay more and conserve power so City Hall can sell the rights to put up 75 or so billboards, many of them the super-offensive flashing electronic kind, all over the Convention Center creating visual blight, a distraction for motorists and a huge waste of electricity.
uses as much as 400,000 kilowatt hours per year, according to a study
by a chapter of the Green Building Council. That’s equivalent to the
annual energy use of 13 average houses.”
It gets worse. The paltry $2 million a year Phil Anschutz’s AEG is going to pay for the billboard rights goes straight into soaring city salaries and helps subsidize his LA Live and other projects that create so many low-paying service jobs
So we’re wasting electricity, giving away money and trashing the city — a triple play of bad public policy — which is why City Hall intends to create similar visual blight districts with giant flashing billboards all over town.
Phony conservation policy, Part II: DWP pays huge premium to buy wind power from Northwest to fake mayor’s claim L.A. is the “cleanest and
greenest big city in America“
You haven’t read this in the L.A. media but folks in Oregon know all about it.
Three weeks ago, the Oregonian reported the DWP cut a deal to pay $83.75 per megawatt hour to buy wind power from the Columbia River Gorge – a 20 percent premium on what Northwest utilities are paying.
The cost adds on to your bill without being called a rate increase or needing approval of city officials. It’s not like this will mean the city closes polluting coal plants. Uncontrolled development will suck up all that green power and more which is why the DWP is at war with Mojave Desert communities for the right to erect a massive new system of transmission lines.
The worst part is none of this is discussed openly in L.A. because DWP does its best to conceal the facts from the public and the media is indifferent.