UCLA has unveiled The L.A. Energy Atlas. It is a free database that, according to the university, combines energy utility data with public records to detect patterns in the use of energy by people and buildings in Los Angeles County.
The database, which was created by the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, notes usage by household income, building age, size, use, city or neighborhood, energy use per square foot and per capita and according to other metrics, the story says.
The database is revealing interesting things. For instance, the most inefficient buildings in the county were built in the 1970s. Residents of Malibu use the most energy per capita, while folks living in Avalon – which is on Catalina Island – use the least. Low income neighborhoods are the least efficient, while high income areas use the most energy per person.
The atlas is intended for use by local governments, state policy makers, non-profit organizations, researchers and others.
The release of the tool comes as the state moves closer to a cleaner and more renewable energy future. Breaking Energy reports that within the past few weeks the California legislature has passed SB 350, a bill that backers think will help realize Governor Jerry Brown’s 50/50/50 plan. The goal of the plan is by 2030 to get 50 percent of energy from renewables, reduce petroleum use by half and double building efficiency.