While the City of Los Angeles stumbles toward greening it’s power infrastructure with renewable sources, a proven method of quickly and affordably reaching this goal has been analyzed for use in Southern California; this method is a feed-in-tariff (FiT).
A proven concept in Germany, Spain and now Italy, feed-in-tariffs are a mechanism for a power utility company, such as the LADWP, to activate the public and private sector to install renewables in excess of their own power needs, selling the balance of power back to the utility. To make the adoption of a FiT even easier here in Los Angeles, Professor JR DeShazo of UCLA’s Luskin School for Innovation, has created a customized FiT for the City of Los Angeles. His study clearly shows that a well design FiT program would jump start the greening of LA’s power grid, would have limited near term costs, and would provide long term savings to the City.
Now all that remains is for leaders of the City of Los Angeles to have the courage to implement a FiT.
Our panel will discuss the general benefits of feed-in-tariffs, the specific plan to implement a FiT through the LADWP, the environmental benefits of distributed power generation, and the architectural implications of this shift from brown to green.
Stuart Magruder, AIA LEED | Studio Nova A Architects, Inc.
Angie Brooks, AIA | Pugh + Scarpa Architects
Rhonda S. Mills | Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies
J.R. DeShazo | UCLA's Luskin School For Innovation
Craig Lewis | FiT Coalition