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The City of Los Angeles had 20 percent of its power supplied via renewable energy resources in 2010, according to a release Thursday from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and representatives from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Hitting the mark fulfilled a promise made by Villaraigosa in 2005 to quadruple the amount of power coming from renewable sources.

The biggest contributor has been the Pine Tree Wind Power Plant in the Tehachapi Mountains, which contributed half of the energy in the renewable segment. Other renewable sources included small hydro-electric, geothermal/biofuels and solar.

â¿¿We went from worst to first and quadrupled our renewable energy portfolio in a few short years while also keeping our rates lower than other major utilities. Todayâ¿¿s announcement illustrates that the DWP is a national leader in cost-effective, environmentally responsible and reliable energy," Villaraigosa said in the statement.

The statement said the impact of the amount of renewable energy is equivalent to removing 750,000 homes from the power grid or 490,000 cars from the road.

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