LADWP was established in 1902 to deliver water to the City of Los Angeles. Electric distribution began in 1916.

A five-member Board of Water and Power Commissioners establishes policy for LADWP. The Board members, as well as the General Manager, are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Board members are appointed for five-year terms.


Workforce 10,000 employees
Area Served 465 square miles
Population Served Over 4 million residents
Power Customers: 1.54 million in Los Angeles; 6,000 in the Owens Valley
Power System
Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20 Budget
Total: $4.7 billion
    $1.4 billion for operations and maintenance
    $1.7 billion for capital projects
    $1.6 billion for fuel and purchased power
Funding Sources LADWP’s operations are financed solely through sales of water and electric services. Capital funds are partially funded through the sale of bonds. No tax support is received.
City Transfer 8% of gross operating revenue (estimated at $242 million in FY 2017-18) is transferred to the City General Fund each year.

Power Resources (Calendar Year 2019) – (As reported to CEC)

Renewable Energy* 34%
Natural Gas 27%
Nuclear 14%
Large Hydroelectric 3%
Coal 21%
Other/Unspecified Sources of Power 0%
*Renewable energy sources include biomass & waste (0%), geothermal (9%), eligible hydroelectric (3%), solar (12%), and wind (10%).

Electric Capacity

Net Dependable Capacity Over 8,009 megawatts (MW) from a diverse mix of energy resources
Record Instantaneous Peak Demand 6,502 megawatts
(reached on August 31, 2017)

Power Use

Residential The typical residential customer uses 500 kilowatt-hours per month.
Commercial/Industrial Business and industry consume about 70% of the electricity in Los Angeles.

Power Infrastructure

Generation Plants 34
Energy Storage
City-Owned Energy Storage
Utility-Scale Battery Energy Storage
Pumped Hydro Storage

1.6 MW
21.5 MW
1,244 MW
Overhead Transmission Circuits 3,636 miles (spanning five Western states)
Underground Transmission Circuits 124 miles
Transmission Towers 15,452
Overhead Distribution Lines 7,148 miles
Underground Distribution Cables 3,709 miles
Distributing Stations 177
Distribution Utility Poles 308,170
Pole-Mounted Capacitor Banks 3,166
Distribution Transformers 124,510

Measurement Guide

Volt (V) Unit of measurement of electrical pressure
Ampere (A) Unit of measurement of rate of electrical flow
Watt (W) Unit of measurement of electrical power
Kilowatt-hour (kWh) - One Power Billing Unit 1,000 watts of power at work for one hour, or a 100-watt light bulb operating for 10 hours
Megawatt-hour (MWh) 1,000 kilowatt-hours
Gigawatt-hour (GWh) One million kilowatt-hours