Welcome to the first highly interactive map of electricity use in Los Angeles!

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Map ScreenShot for CCSC


This map displays average monthly energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh) at the Census block group level between January 2011 and June 2012. Click on the first dropdown to view a map of either average monthly consumption or monthly percent change. Hover over a block group to view a chart of monthly energy consumption over time as well as block group characteristics such as average income, average  year built, and block group square meters. By clicking on a block group, you will see a more in-depth land use chart that may help explain variation in consumption.

The map is the first in a series being developed for the Regional Energy Baselines Project, directed by Stephanie Pincetl, PhD and funded by the California Energy Commission’s PIER program.  Jacki Murdock, an Urban Planning graduate student at the Luskin School of Urban Planning and a CCSC researcher, created the map as part of her Master’s Capstone project. Yoh Kawano, GIS Coordinator at the Institute for Digital Research and Education at UCLA helped advise the GIS efforts on this project. Mike McCoy (UC Davis ULTRANS’s founding director and current executive director of the Strategic Growth Council) and Giovanni Circella, PhD of UC Davis provided important oversight and data analysis for this project. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research are critical partners on the project.

This map is the product of a year-long partnership with UCLA, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) as part of the Regional Energy Baselines Project.  As a tool for visualizing and analyzing the energy usage trends within the city, this map brings greater transparency to the discussion on better energy investments, energy efficiency, and public policy.

In order to ensure customer privacy, electricity usage of both commercial and residential customers was averaged at the block group level within LADWP territory. Those areas not shown on the map are either outside of LADWP territory, or are not shown to protect customer privacy.

Data Sources: LADWP provided electricity data, UC Davis ULTRANS provided zipcode plus four geographies with land uses, and the American Community Survey provided Block Group demographic data.