To get a clearer look at energy use across parts of Los Angeles to help reduce greenhouse gases and better calibrate power rates, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power gave researchers at University of California, Los Angeles, access to detailed customer energy information. The muni specifically wants to see if its carbon reduction strategies and rate structure are working in practice as predicted by its models. The California Center for Sustainable Communities at the university signed a nondisclosure agreement. Its researchers are delving into monthly aggregated energy data for designated census blocks in the city to set a baseline and verify various factors affecting energy use. The goal, according to the center director Stephanie Pincetl, is \u201cto create an atlas of energy flows across Los Angeles, and water,\u201d and assess \u201chow to use an already built infrastructure better.\u201d Establishing regional baselines \u201cconnects energy use, to socio-demographics, land use, economic flow, embedded energy and building characteristics,\u201d she added. The muni provided data covering the period from January 2011- June 2012. Southern California Edison declined to participate or provide customer data. It and other private utilities object on grounds releasing data on their ratepayers impacts their privacy. The muni-university project \u201cshows information can be made available and privacy protected,\u201d said Ken Alex, director of the state Office of Planning & Research.