Pressure is continuing to mount on the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to increase the amount of renewable power used in the sprawling city of Los Angeles. The department has failed to produce a plan required under the state?s renewables portfolio standard law. To the applause of the crowd, an impatient Los Angeles City Council president Alex Padilla interrupted a presentation by Henry Martinez, the department?s assistant general manager for power, to call for a departmental investment into green power infrastructure in the city. ?What price do we put on our environment, what price do we put on our health?? asked Padilla. ?We have compromised the public trust.? The department has been waiting to develop a plan under guidelines being developed by the city council?s own Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst. The council?s Commerce, Energy and Natural Resources Committee had expected to receive the guidelines?under development for more than a year?from the analyst at the November 20 hearing. However, Ron Deaton, the chief legislative analyst, told the committee he would need another two weeks to finish preparing the guidelines. Less than 3 percent of the department?s power comes from renewable sources. About 50 percent comes from coal-fired plants. The city is planning to contract for 40 MW of power from a planned biomass facility and is assessing an investment in 30 MW of geothermal capacity, according to Martinez. In addition, the department is investing in a major wind power project in the Mojave Desert, known as Pine Tree Wind, which will produce up to 120 MW of electricity. The department?s generation capacity is 7,000 MW. On November 19, the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee held a hearing on the department?s renewable energy programs. ?Why invest in more coal when you have the opportunity for cleaner options?? asked Senator Debra Bowen (D-Marina del Rey), referring to the department?s financial support for the planning and permitting of a new coal-fired plant in Utah. Senator Byron Sher (D-Palo Alto) criticized the department for taking credit for emissions reductions at its Los Angeles?area power plants required by air-quality regulations. Despite the call for more green power sooner rather than later, the city committee wound up continuing the renewable resources portfolio issue to its next committee meeting, at which time it expects to have plan development guidelines. In other action, the committee confirmed the appointment of Gerard McCallum to replace Ken Lombard as a member of the department?s board. Mayor James Hahn appointed McCallum, who is pastor of economic development for the Faithful Central Bible Church and executive vice president of Forum Enterprises, Inc. The church meets at the Fabulous Forum, former home of the Los Angeles Lakers. At his confirmation hearing, council member Cindy Miscikowski urged McCallum not to just ?rubber-stamp? proposals made by the department?s staff. He said he did not know much about renewable energy but under questioning expressed tepid support, calling it ?important for both the environment and our independence from foreign energy.?