For a portion of my Master’s client project, I worked for the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to create a public interactive website of electricity consumption for the City of Los Angeles. The final interactive version is set to be publicly released by the Governor’s Office at the end of March. The idea with the site is to communicate to decision makers how energy demands change in different areas of the city, and at different times in the year.
What you see here is a 3D Model created in ArcGIS and ArcScene to show the average electricity consumption for each month at the Block Group level based on all customers (Commercial and Residential) in LADWP territory. The height of the Block Groups are set to the average kWh consumption for that block. On the site, there is the ability to press a “play” button, where the maps become animated and the height of the blocks move up or down depending on consumption. Above is an example of what April 2011’s electricity use is in 3D: