The LA Energy Atlas provides Californians the opportunity to interact with the largest set of disaggregated energy data in the nation. This first of its kind interactive website can be used to inform energy planning and research in Los Angeles and throughout California as the State works to achieve its ambitious energy goals, and as local regions work to create energy sustainability. All data is downloadable and complies to protect privacy. The website is powered by a geospatial relational database that connects address level energy consumption to building characteristics and census information.
Buildings are responsible for 40% of GHG emissions in Los Angeles County. The LA Energy Atlas provides the needed building energy use data across the county to develop effective and targeted programs to reduce building energy use. It enables stakeholders and researchers to analyze and understand energy consumption by sociodemographic characteristics, climate, building attributes, building use and other variables. The Atlas provides important public interest energy data and analysis to assist the state in meeting its energy goals. It improves transparency of building energy consumption in the most populous county in the United States.
The LA Energy Atlas project is directed by Dr. Stephanie Pincetl, the founding director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC). The project is managed by Zoe Elizabeth, CCSC’s Associate Director. The success of the project is due to the commitment and talent of a diverse team of current and past CCSC staff, including Rob Graham, Hannah Gustafson, Kristen Holdsworth, Sinnott Murphy, Jeff Wolf and Thuy Vu. Studio NAND designed and developed the website.
The LA Energy Atlas was funded by the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCal REN) and the County of Los Angeles’ Office of Sustainability. It has benefited from the support and input of a number of partners including the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC), and the Energy Coalition (TEC), as well as interest from a broad range of policy makers, energy experts and program administrators.
Project Citation: 2015: Pincetl, S., Elizabeth, Z., Graham, R., Gustafson, H., Holdsworth, K., Murphy, S., Wolf, J., Vu, T. LA Energy Atlas, http://energyatlas.ucla.edu. A product of the California Center for Sustainable Communities.