City Controller Wendy Greuel found that the utility was more lucky than good in securing 20 percent of the city's power needs from renewable energy last year. "The DWP only achieved a 20 percent renewable energy portfolio due to abnormally cool temperatures and higher than expected wind at department-owned wind farms," Greuel said in a letter accompanying the audit. From the LAT:
Standing next to Greuel at a morning news conference, DWP General Manager Ron Nichols said the utility had achieved a major environmental milestone and deserved to boast about its success. He brushed aside the notion the DWP somehow lucked its way into reaching its 20% goal for renewable energy. "A win is a win," he said.
From Greuel's press release:
"Ratepayers deserve to know whether promises made to them by city leadership to deliver 33% clean energy by 2020 are actually going to happen and how they will be achieved," said Controller Greuel.