UK Energy Watch


This is the total amount of electricity being generated now.
Because electricity cannot easily be stored the amount of electricity being used in the UK has to exactly match the amount of electricity being generated.
Renewable energy sources are sources of energy that do not use fuels that will run out. In the UK this is mainly from the wind and hydro-electricity; although solar photovoltaic and various tidal and wave powered generation are beginning to be installed.
This includes all categories of electrical generation that do not produce CO2:
  • Wind.
  • Hydro-electricity.
  • Nuclear.
All other electricity generation produces significant amounts of CO2.
This is the amount of CO2 that all the power stations producing electricity for the national grid are producing at the moment. Coal power stations are by far the 'dirtiest' and more CO2 per unit of electricity than any other generation type.
Burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) produces CO2 (Carbon Dioxide). The quantity of fossil fuels used needs to be reduced for many reasons:
  • The CO2 produced contributes towards climate change; significantly disrupting life for future generations on our planet.
  • Many other pollutants apart from CO2 are produced, especially from coal.
  • Fossil fuels are non-renewable - they will run out.
  • As fossil fuelds become scarcer, the techniques used for producing them become more 'dirty'. More pollution is caused by mining the fossil fuel before the fuel is even used.
How are CO2 emissions calculated?
See Carbon Dioxide Calculations for details.
This is the amount of CO2 that is being generated right now for every kWh (or unit) of electricity that you use. For example, running a dishwasher once uses roughly 1kWh of electricity, so will create this much CO2 if you run it now.
Burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) produces CO2 (Carbon Dioxide). The quantity of fossil fuels used needs to be reduced for many reasons:
  • The CO2 produced contributes towards climate change; significantly disrupting life for future generations on our planet.
  • Many other pollutants apart from CO2 are produced, especially from coal.
  • Fossil fuels are non-renewable - they will run out.
  • As fossil fuelds become scarcer, the techniques used for producing them become more 'dirty'. More pollution is caused by mining the fossil fuel before the fuel is even used.
How are CO2 emissions calculated?
See Carbon Dioxide Calculations for details.
This is the amount of natural gas being imported into the UK at this moment.
Imported gas is either stored or used immediately. Storage allows sudden changes in gas usage (for example, rising gas usage in the evening when people cook dinner) to be handled without requiring gas imports to suddenly change.
Gas is imported at terminals around the coast of the UK from pipelines and ships.
This is the amount of CO2 that is generated from burning the natural gas that is being imported.
Because gas can be stored, this isn't exactly the CO2 being generated right now; it is the CO2 that would be generated if all imports were burned immediately. However, over a few days this will average out to be the correct value.
How are CO2 emissions calculated?
See Carbon Dioxide Calculations for details.
Real-time UK energy statistics
Updates every 5 minutes
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Total Generation: 31,437 MW ?
Total Imports: 1,510 kg s-1 ?

 

Electricity

Electricity is generated from power stations around the UK, and can be imported from France, Ireland and the Netherlands via electrical interconnects.

Electricity is difficult to store, so the amount of electricity currently being used in the UK must exactly equal the amount being generated and imported.

Gas Imports

Natural gas (primarily methane) is imported into the UK at gas terminals around the coast. The real-time data of the amount of gas flowing into the UK is shown below.

Gas can be stored in the UK, so the amount currently being imported does not necessarily equal the amount currently being used. However, on average over a few days, the amount being imported will be the same as the amount being used, as all imported gas is used within the UK.

 
 

Small-Scale Generation

Many people in the UK generate their own electricity, and the UK government is currently providing cash incentives for this (via the Feed-in Tariff). You can register with UK Energy Watch to report your own generation statistics; either automatically in real-time, or manually.

Government Targets

The UK government has targets for reducing carbon dioxide.

These will be tracked here soon...