UK records ‘greenest summer ever’ in 2017

  The UK experienced the “greenest” summer on record this year. New data from National Grid reveals almost 52% of the nation’s electricity generation was met by low carbon sources […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha
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The UK experienced the “greenest” summer on record this year.

New data from National Grid reveals almost 52% of the nation’s electricity generation was met by low carbon sources from 21st June to 22nd September.

That’s in comparison to around 35% four years ago.

The news comes as the grid operator launches a new software that forecasts the carbon intensity of power generation up to two days ahead, to help people understand and control their energy use.

That could include shifting activities like dishwasher cycles or electric vehicle charges to help relieve pressure on the energy system, reducing the need to use back-up fossil fuel plants and potentially cutting costs for householders.

Duncan Burt, Director of the System Operator at National Grid said: “We’re providing our forecast data in a format that allows technology companies to build innovative apps and software that could make a real difference to how and when people use energy.

“Clear and concise information that can tell you in advance when’s best to turn on the washing machine, load the dishwasher or charge your car for example, is a step in the right direction towards a low carbon future.”

National Grid is working with Environmental Defense Fund Europe and WWF to make the software available to the public.