New Energy Evaluation Tool Available

Energy Atlas

Assisting with Climate Action Planning

ABAG’s BayREN program is pleased to announce the launch of the Bay Area Energy Atlas! The tool, developed by the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, in partnership with BayREN, is a large database of PG&E account-level electricity and natural gas consumption linked spatially to building characteristics and sociodemographic data. The Energy Atlas was developed to assist local governments with climate action planning and to delve into how energy is being used in their jurisdictions. 

The tool can help answer questions such as:

  • What types of buildings have the highest energy intensity per square foot?
  • How does energy consumption vary spatially, by population density, by income level or by industry?
  • How does energy consumption compare between Single Family homes in different parts of the region?

The Bay Area Energy Atlas will also be a great tool to help guide local policy on reducing energy consumption and will allow any interested community members to interact with the data.

The tool was launched on Oct. 28 via a webinar, which was attended by around 90 local government representatives. The debut covered an overview of the tool and the potential for application in a local government setting. The webinar and more information about the Bay Area Energy Atlas is available on the BayREN website.