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National Grid: Live

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

Time
9:15am
Price
£190.00/MWh
Emissions
156g/kWh
Demand
32.2GW
Generation
25.6GW
Transfers
6.6GW

Generation

Generation
25.6GW
79.7%
Note: percentages are relative to demand, so will exceed 100% if power is being exported

29.6% fossil fuels

Coal 0.742.3
Gas 8.8027.3

29.8% renewables

Solar 0.531.6
Wind 8.2425.6
Hydroelectric 0.812.5

20.3% other sources

Nuclear 4.8114.9
Biomass 1.444.5
Other0.280.9

20.3% transfers

Imports and exports

Belgium 0.672.1
France 3.5611.1
Ireland 0.601.9
Netherlands 0.621.9
Norway 1.103.4

Storage

Pumped storage 0.000.0
Time
Past day
Price
£158.89/MWh
Emissions
129g/kWh
Demand
32.4GW
Generation
26.1GW
Transfers
6.3GW
Generation
26.1GW
80.5%

Generation by type

Fossil fuels7.924.3
Renewables11.234.6
Other sources7.021.7

Generation by source

Coal0.491.5
Gas7.3722.8
Solar0.501.6
Wind9.9930.8
Hydroelectric0.722.2
Nuclear4.8114.9
Biomass1.946.0
Other0.270.8

Imports and exports

Belgium0.802.5
France3.4110.5
Ireland−0.11−0.3
Netherlands0.752.3
Norway1.103.4

Storage

Pumped storage0.361.1

Price per MWh

£500
£450
£400
£350
£300
£250
£200
£150
£100
£50
£0
12:30pm
6:30pm
12:30am
6:30am

Emissions per kWh

600g
500g
400g
300g
200g
100g
0g
12:30pm
6:30pm
12:30am
6:30am

Demand

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

Generation

20GW
18GW
16GW
14GW
12GW
10GW
8GW
6GW
4GW
2GW
0GW
12:30pm
6:30pm
12:30am
6:30am

Transfers

4GW
3GW
2GW
1GW
0GW
−1GW
−2GW
−3GW
−4GW
12:30pm
6:30pm
12:30am
6:30am
Time
Past week
Price
£135.88/MWh
Emissions
130g/kWh
Demand
33.9GW
Generation
32.1GW
Transfers
1.8GW
Generation
32.1GW
94.6%

Generation by type

Fossil fuels9.126.8
Renewables16.147.5
Other sources6.920.3

Generation by source

Coal0.631.9
Gas8.4424.9
Solar0.591.8
Wind14.9744.2
Hydroelectric0.521.5
Nuclear4.8114.2
Biomass1.805.3
Other0.270.8

Imports and exports

Belgium0.351.0
France−0.39−1.2
Ireland−0.12−0.4
Netherlands0.882.6
Norway1.083.2

Storage

Pumped storage0.030.1

Price per MWh

£500
£450
£400
£350
£300
£250
£200
£150
£100
£50
£0
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Emissions per kWh

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

Demand

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

Generation

20GW
18GW
16GW
14GW
12GW
10GW
8GW
6GW
4GW
2GW
0GW
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Transfers

4GW
3GW
2GW
1GW
0GW
−1GW
−2GW
−3GW
−4GW
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Time
Past year
Price
£194.79/MWh
Emissions
178g/kWh
Demand
30.3GW
Generation
30.7GW
Transfers
0.4GW
Generation
30.7GW
101.4%

Generation by type

Fossil fuels12.942.5
Renewables10.835.7
Other sources7.023.1

Generation by source

Coal0.481.6
Gas12.3940.9
Solar1.404.6
Wind9.0329.8
Hydroelectric0.391.3
Nuclear5.0716.7
Biomass1.655.4
Other0.301.0

Imports and exports

Belgium0.060.2
France−1.06−3.5
Ireland0.070.2
Netherlands0.170.6
Norway0.341.1

Storage

Pumped storage0.000.0

Price per MWh

£500
£450
£400
£350
£300
£250
£200
£150
£100
£50
£0
14/03/2022
13/06/2022
12/09/2022
12/12/2022

Emissions per kWh

600g
500g
400g
300g
200g
100g
0g
14/03/2022
13/06/2022
12/09/2022
12/12/2022

Demand

45GW
40GW
35GW
30GW
25GW
20GW
15GW
10GW
5GW
0GW
−5GW
14/03/2022
13/06/2022
12/09/2022
12/12/2022

Generation

20GW
18GW
16GW
14GW
12GW
10GW
8GW
6GW
4GW
2GW
0GW
14/03/2022
13/06/2022
12/09/2022
12/12/2022

Transfers

4GW
3GW
2GW
1GW
0GW
−1GW
−2GW
−3GW
−4GW
14/03/2022
13/06/2022
12/09/2022
12/12/2022
Time
All time
Price
£65.56/MWh
Emissions
290g/kWh
Demand
33.7GW
Generation
31.9GW
Transfers
1.8GW
Generation
31.9GW
94.7%

Generation by type

Fossil fuels17.050.5
Renewables6.820.1
Other sources8.124.2

Generation by source

Coal5.3315.8
Gas11.6534.6
Solar0.993.0
Wind5.3515.9
Hydroelectric0.411.2
Nuclear6.6119.6
Biomass1.444.3
Other0.080.2

Imports and exports

Belgium0.180.5
France1.043.1
Ireland−0.11−0.3
Netherlands0.672.0
Norway0.050.2

Storage

Pumped storage−0.03−0.1

Price per MWh

£500
£450
£400
£350
£300
£250
£200
£150
£100
£50
£0
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022
2023

Emissions per kWh

600g
500g
400g
300g
200g
100g
0g
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022
2023

Demand

45GW
40GW
35GW
30GW
25GW
20GW
15GW
10GW
5GW
0GW
−5GW
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022
2023

Generation

20GW
18GW
16GW
14GW
12GW
10GW
8GW
6GW
4GW
2GW
0GW
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022
2023

Transfers

4GW
3GW
2GW
1GW
0GW
−1GW
−2GW
−3GW
−4GW
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022
2023

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 6:30pm and 7:00pm on 10th January 2023 British wind farms averaged a record 21.69GW of generation.

PowerDate first achieved
21GW10th January 2023
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.