Sometimes you come across a website that truly surprises. Gridwatch is one of those. In one real-time screen Gridwatch provides the information on where the UK’s electricity comes from – coal, nuclear, gas, wind, and from interconnectors. I’ll not witter on about it, but let you marvel at the dashboard of gauges and monitors.
From just a little inspection of the gauges and monitors I’ve deduced that,
- So little of our electricity is generated from wind is a poor return on the £billions we’ve invested
- Coal-fired power generation is a reducing element of our power spectrum, with the use of gas increasing
- I’d imagined that nuclear generated electricity would be higher. I guess it’s a result of our aging nuclear power stations being off-line for maintenance, or even closed.
- Some sources of power generation are held in reserve, such as oil and hydro
- Pumped hydro-electric power generation sources amount to just 1.5% – such as Dinorwig
- Through the interconnectors, we’re a supplier of electricity to Ireland, and importer from France and Netherlands
If you click on the same dashboard view for France [by clicking on the French icon in the top left hand corner] it shows that 100% of electricity demand can be generated from nuclear power stations, with a small % from Hydro. [Click on image to enlarge].