National Grid launches 48-hour green energy regional forecast

It predicts over the next 24 hours, North East England and South Scotland will be providing the greenest electricity in the UK

By Jonny Bairstow

National Grid has launched a new 48-hour energy forecasting tool to help consumers see when the carbon intensity of electricity generation in their region will be the lowest.

The software, which was developed in partnership with Environmental Defense Fund Europe and WWF, predicts over the next 24 hours, North East England and South Scotland will be providing the greenest electricity in the UK.

Its creators say the tool will help people better understand when their electricity will be greener by detailing the generation mix at different times of the day, meaning businesses and home owners can then decide when is best to make use of their distributed power sources.

The website includes a league table allowing users to find out where the greenest regions are across the country and to understand why that is.

Duncan Burt, 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.”

The launch of the software comes only weeks after National Grid revealed the country went more than three days without using any coal-fired electricity.

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