LA Now Gets 60% of Its Energy From Carbon-Free Sources

David Shultz

David Shultz reports on clean technology and electric vehicles, among other industries, for dot.LA. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Outside, Nautilus and many other publications.

LA Now Gets 60% of Its Energy From Carbon-Free Sources

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Sixty percent: While not a great score on a science test, it’s a major milestone for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and Mayor Eric Garcetti in their quest to decarbonize the city’s power supply.


With the completion of a new wind farm in New Mexico called the Red Cloud Wind Project, Los Angeles now receives more than 60% of its power from carbon-free sources, the city announced Wednesday. The project is one of four wind farms at New Mexico’s sprawling, 1,050-megawatt Western Spirit Wind complex, which the city described as the single largest renewable energy project in U.S. history.

Red Cloud, which commenced commercial operation in December, now produces 350 megawatts of wind power daily and provides enough clean energy to power more than 222,000 homes in Los Angeles, the city said. (It also saves more than 464,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually—equivalent to taking roughly 100,000 gas-fueled cars off the road, according to the LADWP.)

The addition of Red Cloud’s energy alone boosts the LADWP’s clean energy portfolio by 6%, pushing the department above the 60% threshold on carbon-free energy sources.

“Bringing this state-of-the-art facility online makes it our largest wind project to date—providing clean energy for hundreds of thousands of Angelenos and bringing us one major step closer to becoming a city powered without fossil fuels,” Garcetti said in a statement.

The benchmark is the latest hit by Los Angeles as part of Garcetti’s pledge to attain a 100% clean energy grid by 2035—10 years ahead of the original timeline outlined in the mayor’s Green New Deal plan in 2019. The city says it has more than doubled its share of electricity coming from renewable sources since 2013, exceeding state targets.

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Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

When avatar startup Genies raised $150 million in April, the company released an unusual message to the public: “Farewell.”

The Marina del Rey-based unicorn, which makes cartoon-like avatars for celebrities and aims to “build an avatar for every single person on Earth,” didn’t go under. Rather, Genies announced it would stay quiet for a while to focus on building avatar-creation products.

Genies representatives told dot.LA that the firm is now seeking more creators to try its creation tools for 3D avatars, digital fashion items and virtual experiences. On Thursday, the startup launched a three-week program called DIY Collective, which will mentor and financially support up-and-coming creatives.

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Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

LA Tech Week—a weeklong showcase of the region’s growing startup ecosystem—is coming this August.

The seven-day series of events, from Aug. 15 through Aug. 21, is a chance for the Los Angeles startup community to network, share insights and pitch themselves to investors. It comes a year after hundreds of people gathered for a similar event that allowed the L.A. tech community—often in the shadow of Silicon Valley—to flex its muscles.

From fireside chats with prominent founders to a panel on aerospace, here are some highlights from the roughly 30 events happening during LA Tech Week, including one hosted by dot.LA.

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Behind Her Empire: AAVRANI Co-Founder Rooshy Roy On Redefining Success and Embracing Identity

Yasmin Nouri

Yasmin is the host of the "Behind Her Empire" podcast, focused on highlighting self-made women leaders and entrepreneurs and how they tackle their career, money, family and life.

Each episode covers their unique hero's journey and what it really takes to build an empire with key lessons learned along the way. The goal of the series is to empower you to see what's possible & inspire you to create financial freedom in your own life.

AAVRANI Co-Founder Rooshy Roy
Photo courtesy of AAVRANI

Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Rooshy Roy said, as the only Indian girl in school, she spent a lot of time feeling like an outsider and like she wasn’t meeting others’ expectations of “how an Indian girl should behave.”

Flash forward 20 years, and the differences Roy was once ashamed of are now the inspiration for her skincare company.

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