Following on from the UK grid having operated for a record 76 consecutive hours without coal power, National Grid has launched a new online tool which provides a 48-hour forecast of electricity generation and CO2 emissions on a region-by-region basis, enabling users to plan their energy use by switching on devices when energy is greener and reducing power consumption when it is more fossil fuel heavy.
The grid operator announced yesterday that, in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), it has further developed its new tool that forecasts the carbon intensity of electricity generation.
At the time of writing, the website shows south Scotland and North East England are projected to provide the lowest carbon electricity in the UK for the next two days, with East Midlands providing the dirtiest power.
First launched in September last year, the Carbon Intensity website was designed to forecast the power generation across the UK, but the tool has now been upgraded so forecasts can be broken down by region, incorporating new data based on AI functionality.
Visitors to the website can enter their postcode to find out the carbon emission forecast for their area, as well as view real-time information on the sources of power generation for their area. It also features a league table showing where the greenest regions are across the country and why.
Duncan Birt, director of the system operator at National Grid, said: “This tailored information can tell people in advance when’s best to turn on the washing machine, load the dishwasher or charge the car, helping everyone to use power when it’s cleanest and most likely more cost efficient.”