Our System Operator created a buzz around the GB energy industry recently, as it launched innovative new software that forecasts the carbon intensity of electricity generation up to two days ahead.
Working with WWF and Environmental Defense Fund Europe to finesse the science, we agreed to make the data that sits behind the forecast publicly available. The aim is to see tech developers creating consumer-friendly apps that can tell the public, in advance, when electricity generation is expected to be cleaner and greener, and more likely cost efficient.
The new software was a good idea hatched at a GB System Operator Hackathon and is yet another example of how our System Operator continues to be at the forefront of the energy revolution.
This new tool is a credit to the team in Wokingham – led by James Kelloway and his team members Alasdair Bruce and Lyndon Ruff, along with the sponsorship and guidance of Director of System Operations Duncan Burt and support from Corporate Affairs.
Commenting on the launch, WWF Climate & Energy Specialist James Beard said: “WWF is committed to working with business, government and other civil society stakeholders to bring about positive change, and this green energy forecasting project is a great example of that.
“The launch moment has sparked lots of conversations with ordinary people, who are starting to realise that energy is not homogenous – it changes throughout the day.
“We look forward to continuing to work with National Grid and Environmental Defense Fund Europe; unlocking the full potential of information technology to boost the rise of renewables and electric vehicles, in a way that empowers households and other end users to be a part of – and benefit from – the low-carbon transformation of the energy system.”
On the launch day, we also ‘trended’ UK-wide on Twitter at #7. We’ve had over 146 retweets, helped by the likes of the MET Office, WWF and the Energy Savings Trust.