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Energy

There is little knowledge about how much energy is used by whom, and where, in Los Angeles County.  While there are aggregate numbers about total energy use, more granular analysis does not exist. Researchers are mapping energy and gas use across the County by census block groups and land use to determine patterns across the landscape.  This analysis will be used by policy makers and agencies to best target conservation programs and to help determine potential future trends.  This work is supported by the state Public Utilities Commission, the Governor’s Office, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

PROJECTS

coupling community knowledge with big data tools to facilitate equitable energy transitions

Coupling Community Knowledge with Big Data Tools to Facilitate Equitable Energy Transitions

Building on work conducted under a California Energy Commission grant, data on building energy use, rooftop solar potential, grid capacity, and socio-demographics will be integrated to assess the potential for low income and disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles county to support climate smart transitions, including vehicle electrification, solar generation (rooftop or community-scale), storage, and appliance...

los angeles sustainability plan

Los Angeles Sustainability Plan

The County of Los Angeles is developing the first county-wide sustainability plan, and has contracted with UCLA, in collaboration with the engineering firm Buro Happold, and with Liberty Hill Foundation. The UCLA team includes the CCSC, the UCLA Law School and the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge. CCSC is providing expertise in the development of goals...

evaluation of community scale solar water heating in los angeles county

Evaluation of Community Scale Solar Water Heating in Los Angeles County

Reliance on Natural Gas for Residential Water Heating  Inexpensive natural gas and the historical subsidization of its use as a source of thermal energy has led Southern California to depend heavily on natural gas for residential heating. As of 2009, approximately 90% of residences are equipped with natural gas water heaters statewide.  Among the end uses of natural gas, water heating is also the single most energy...

la energy atlas

UCLA Energy Atlas

The UCLA Energy Atlas is the first of its kind interactive web atlas that provides access to the largest and most disaggregated building energy data available in the nation.

an epic challenge: accelerating the deployment of advanced energy communities

An EPIC Challenge: Accelerating the Deployment of Advanced Energy Communities

In 2016, the California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded an Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) grant to UCLA to accelerate the deployment of Advanced Energy Communities (AECs). In partnership with the County of Los Angeles, the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN), The Energy Coalition, Day One and LACI, the UCLA team has developed an innovative...

climate change in los angeles county: grid vulnerability to extreme heat

Climate Change in Los Angeles County: Grid Vulnerability to Extreme Heat

In this project, UCLA and Arizona State University researchers developed a sophisticated and in-depth description of future electricity demand, grid response, and vulnerability due to increased heat events in Southern California Edison territory under current and future climate scenarios. The project's findings enable innovative grid management and operation strategies and identify adaptation guidance.

Publications



Climate Change in Los Angeles County: Grid Vulnerability to Extreme Heat

D. Burillo, M. Chester, S. Pincetl, E. Fournier, D.B. Walton, F. Sun, M. Schwartz, K. Reich, and A. Hall

Published Work | 2018



Building Energy Use Goals in California

Stephanie Pincetl, PhD

Other | 2018











Cities as Novel Biomes: Recognizing Urban Ecosystem Services as Anthropogenic

Pincetl S.

Published Work | 2015 | Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution