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The National Grid is the electric power transmission network for Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales)

Time
2:30am
Price
£203.63/MWh
Emissions
246g/kWh
Demand
31.1GW
Generation
33.8GW
Transfers
2.7GW

Generation

Generation
33.8GW
108.7%
Note: percentages are relative to demand, so will exceed 100% if power is being exported

61.2% fossil fuels

Coal 1.284.1
Gas 17.7157.1

23.1% renewables

Solar 0.000.0
Wind 6.9522.4
Hydroelectric 0.230.7

24.4% other sources

Nuclear 5.2617.0
Biomass 2.126.8
Other0.190.6

−8.7% transfers

Imports and exports

Belgium −0.46−1.5
France −2.91−9.4
Ireland −0.34−1.1
Netherlands 0.762.4
Norway 0.240.8

Storage

Pumped storage 0.000.0
Time
Past day
Price
£338.40/MWh
Emissions
249g/kWh
Demand
38.3GW
Generation
38.2GW
Transfers
0.1GW
Generation
38.2GW
99.7%

Generation by type

Fossil fuels22.057.4
Renewables8.421.9
Other sources7.820.4

Generation by source

Coal1.283.4
Gas20.6854.0
Solar0.671.7
Wind7.4319.4
Hydroelectric0.310.8
Nuclear5.2613.7
Biomass2.115.5
Other0.441.2

Imports and exports

Belgium−0.15−0.4
France−1.00−2.6
Ireland−0.08−0.2
Netherlands0.511.3
Norway0.741.9

Storage

Pumped storage0.090.2

Price per MWh

£700
£600
£500
£400
£300
£200
£100
£0
6:00am
12:00pm
6:00pm
12:00am

Emissions per kWh

600g
500g
400g
300g
200g
100g
0g
6:00am
12:00pm
6:00pm
12:00am

Demand

50GW
45GW
40GW
35GW
30GW
25GW
20GW
15GW
10GW
5GW
0GW
−5GW
6:00am
12:00pm
6:00pm
12:00am

Generation

25GW
20GW
15GW
10GW
5GW
0GW
6:00am
12:00pm
6:00pm
12:00am

Transfers

2GW
1GW
0GW
−1GW
−2GW
−3GW
−4GW
6:00am
12:00pm
6:00pm
12:00am
Time
Past week
Price
£306.88/MWh
Emissions
219g/kWh
Demand
34.9GW
Generation
35.0GW
Transfers
0.1GW
Generation
35.0GW
100.4%

Generation by type

Fossil fuels17.650.4
Renewables10.028.7
Other sources7.421.3

Generation by source

Coal1.223.5
Gas16.3546.9
Solar0.371.1
Wind9.2926.6
Hydroelectric0.361.0
Nuclear4.9714.3
Biomass2.096.0
Other0.371.1

Imports and exports

Belgium−0.07−0.2
France−1.43−4.1
Ireland0.040.1
Netherlands0.411.2
Norway0.922.6

Storage

Pumped storage−0.01−0.0

Price per MWh

£700
£600
£500
£400
£300
£200
£100
£0
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

Emissions per kWh

600g
500g
400g
300g
200g
100g
0g
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

Demand

50GW
45GW
40GW
35GW
30GW
25GW
20GW
15GW
10GW
5GW
0GW
−5GW
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

Generation

25GW
20GW
15GW
10GW
5GW
0GW
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

Transfers

2GW
1GW
0GW
−1GW
−2GW
−3GW
−4GW
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Time
Past year
Price
£197.37/MWh
Emissions
183g/kWh
Demand
30.5GW
Generation
31.0GW
Transfers
0.5GW
Generation
31.0GW
101.5%

Generation by type

Fossil fuels13.343.6
Renewables10.534.3
Other sources7.223.6

Generation by source

Coal0.481.6
Gas12.8042.0
Solar1.394.6
Wind8.6728.5
Hydroelectric0.391.3
Nuclear5.1216.8
Biomass1.775.8
Other0.280.9

Imports and exports

Belgium0.100.3
France−1.19−3.9
Ireland0.120.4
Netherlands0.180.6
Norway0.331.1

Storage

Pumped storage−0.01−0.0

Price per MWh

£700
£600
£500
£400
£300
£200
£100
£0
17/01/2022
18/04/2022
18/07/2022
17/10/2022

Emissions per kWh

600g
500g
400g
300g
200g
100g
0g
17/01/2022
18/04/2022
18/07/2022
17/10/2022

Demand

50GW
45GW
40GW
35GW
30GW
25GW
20GW
15GW
10GW
5GW
0GW
−5GW
17/01/2022
18/04/2022
18/07/2022
17/10/2022

Generation

25GW
20GW
15GW
10GW
5GW
0GW
17/01/2022
18/04/2022
18/07/2022
17/10/2022

Transfers

2GW
1GW
0GW
−1GW
−2GW
−3GW
−4GW
17/01/2022
18/04/2022
18/07/2022
17/10/2022
Time
All time
Price
£63.95/MWh
Emissions
292g/kWh
Demand
33.7GW
Generation
31.9GW
Transfers
1.8GW
Generation
31.9GW
94.7%

Generation by type

Fossil fuels17.150.7
Renewables6.719.8
Other sources8.124.2

Generation by source

Coal5.4016.0
Gas11.6734.7
Solar1.003.0
Wind5.2515.6
Hydroelectric0.411.2
Nuclear6.6319.7
Biomass1.444.3
Other0.080.2

Imports and exports

Belgium0.180.5
France1.043.1
Ireland−0.11−0.3
Netherlands0.672.0
Norway0.040.1

Storage

Pumped storage−0.04−0.1

Price per MWh

£700
£600
£500
£400
£300
£200
£100
£0
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022

Emissions per kWh

600g
500g
400g
300g
200g
100g
0g
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022

Demand

50GW
45GW
40GW
35GW
30GW
25GW
20GW
15GW
10GW
5GW
0GW
−5GW
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022

Generation

25GW
20GW
15GW
10GW
5GW
0GW
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022

Transfers

2GW
1GW
0GW
−1GW
−2GW
−3GW
−4GW
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022

The decline of coal

The world’s first coal-fired power station, at 57 Holborn Viaduct in London, started producing power on 12th January 1882, lighting the surrounding streets and local buildings through 968 incandescent lamps. Coal fuelled the industrial revolution, and by 1900 Great Britain was mining 250,000,000 tonnes of coal every year.

Over time the negative environmental impacts of coal burning became an increasing problem, and in 2001 the European Union issued the Large Combustion Plant Directive, obliging power stations to limit their emissions or close by 2015.

As a result, nine coal-fired power stations closed between 2012 and 2015. Great Britain’s largest power station, Drax, has been converted to burn wood pellets imported from North America (categorised as biomass in the data above).

On 21st April 2015 Great Britain went a full day without any power generation from coal, and between 1st May and 8th May 2019 a week passed without power generation from coal.

The ascent of wind

Great Britain’s exposed position in the north-east Atlantic makes it one of the best locations in the world for wind power, and the shallow waters of the North Sea host several of the world’s largest offshore wind farms.

New wind power records are set regularly, and between 12:00pm and 12:30pm on 2nd November 2022 British wind farms averaged a record 20.90GW of generation.

PowerDate first achieved
20GW2nd November 2022

Data sources

Most data comes from the Balancing Mechanism Reporting System and is updated at five minute intervals. Embedded solar and wind data comes from National Grid ESO and is updated at half hour intervals. Emissions data comes from the Carbon Intensity project by the National Grid and the University Of Oxford Department Of Computer Science, and is updated at half hour intervals.