L.A. moves to eliminate reliance on coal-powered energy

Los Angeles officials are speeding up plans to end the city's reliance on coal-powered energy, a move that could help Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's drive to burnish his legacy as an environmental leader.

On Tuesday, commissioners at the Department of Water and Power moved forward with plans to dump the utility's interest in a coal-burning plant in Arizona and convert another one in Utah to natural gas. The plants provide nearly 40% of the city's energy.

The changes, coupled with new commitments to renewable power, would make the city coal-free by 2025, utility officials said.

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