The Energy Atlas is a database of building energy consumption that links utility account information to building characteristics, sociodemographic data, and other significant attributes that can be expressed spatially. The public portion of the Energy Atlas is a front-end website which displays spatially aggregated energy consumption statistics at an annual temporal resolution for most neighborhoods, cities, and counties in Southern California.
Buildings are responsible for 40% of GHG emissions in the United States. The Energy Atlas project provides Californians, and those interested in ongoing energy transitions, with the opportunity to interact with one of the largest sets of disaggregated building energy data available in the nation. This interactive tool is used by a wide variety of stakeholder groups to inform energy planning and research throughout California. As creators of this tool, our mission is to provide transparency and access to critical energy data to achieve the state’s ambitious energy and climate goals. All the front-end website data is aggregated to protect individual customer privacy in accordance with CPUC guidelines, and will be freely downloadable after the beta release period.
The Energy Atlas is developed by the UCLA California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC) at UCLA, in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IOES), and has received funding from the California Energy Commission, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP), the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN). It benefits from the support and input of numerous partners, including the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC), The Energy Coalition (TEC), and the County of Los Angeles.
Dan Cheng, Claire Hirashiki, Erik Porse, Marina McLeod, Sean Kennedy, Yating Chuang, Josh Derensky, Alex Ricklefs, Rob Graham, Zoe Elizabeth, Kristen Holdsworth, Sinnott Murphy, Jeff Wolf, Thuy Vu.
Features of the Atlas
The map visually displays energy consumption across County, LA County Councils of Government (COG), City and Neighborhood (LA County only), as well as by building type, age, type of energy and greenhouse gas emissions.
Map by Building Type.
Users can view data by total consumption, median consumption, median per square foot consumption and median per capita (residential). Each value is calculated from individual accounts and aggregated to protect customer privacy. Some areas are masked to protect customer privacy.
The profiles provides detailed downloadable information for each of the above neighborhoods, cities, COGS, and counties, including longitudinal data from 2006-2016 where available.
Data stories analyze relationships and trends among variables, including energy use and building characteristics such as age of buildings, square footage, use type, and sociodemographic characteristics. This section of the website will be updated regularly and will welcome data discoveries from stakeholders, researchers and the curious.
This section provides energy conservation strategies and a range of information on state and local energy policies, incentives and goals in the fields of energy efficiency and renewables, as well as links to further resources in these fields.
Applications and Benefits
The Energy Atlas allows for the generation of new knowledge and a greater understanding of building energy use by integrating contextual data sets with energy consumption information. The central data sets include:
Census/American Community Survey data (median household income, population, renter/owner percentage)
Building attributes from the County Assessor databases (building size, vintage, use type)
Additional data provides new insights into relationships between different factors to develop effective and targeted programs that maximize energy savings and investments. The Energy Atlas creates a baseline of energy use data against which program implementation can be evaluated efficiently and affordably. It is a valuable tool for policy makers, researchers, and the public to ensure that the state is successful in its goals to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Atlas has important benefits to regions including:
Assisting local governments in consolidating and coordinating climate action planning and energy reduction efforts across the region by providing region-wide climate and energy data.
Helping individual local governments to improve climate action and energy reduction efforts by providing analytics tailored to specific geographies within the region (e.g. Cities or COGs).
Assisting in the identification of communities for additional investments.
Evaluating GHG emissions from the built environment, assisting efforts to improve air quality and transitioning to the state’s renewable portfolio standards.
About the CCSC
The mission of the California Center for Sustainable Communities, founded and directed by Dr. Stephanie Pincetl, is to create actionable science that improves the sustainability of urban systems. It aims to provide intellectual and conceptual frameworks for new synthesis and thinking in sustainability research for all Californians. For cities to remain habitable, profound changes need to occur both in cities themselves and in the ways they impact the surrounding landscapes and hinterlands. Achieving progress toward sustainability requires maintaining and improving both human and ecosystem well-being. Our challenge is to make cities into centers of sustainability in the ways they develop and redevelop beyond the next century.
For more information visit the center’s website: http://ioes.ucla.edu/ccsc