A Good Day For Low-Carbon Electricity

 Storm Kathleen hit the United Kingdom and Ireland today (6th April 2024) bringing strong winds and warm sunshine. It was the warmest day of the year with parts of East Anglia reaching 21 ℃. Not quite so warm in Hereford but a very pleasant 18 ℃ with plenty of sunshine and the odd shower.

Photo 1: Concorde Pear Tree and Blue Skies (6/4/24)

Windy, sunny days are ideal conditions for producing lots of renewable low-carbon electricity. The peak demand for electricity occurred at 12:30 hours (Figure 1). 

Figure 1: Electricity Demand for Great Britain on 6th April 2024 (grid.iamkate.com)

As Figure 2 shows, the peak demand at 12:30 hours was largely met by wind (55.0 %) and solar (18.3 %). If we include nuclear power (13.5 %) and interconnector transfers from (mainly nuclear) France (7.5 %), then 94.3 % of the electricity generated at that time was low carbon. [Note: Biomass, i.e. Drax, is most certainly not a low-carbon energy source and so is not included
Figure 2: Electricity Generation for Great Britain on 6th April 2024 (grid.iamkate.com)

The carbon emissions produced by Great Britain's electricity generation on 6th April 2024 have, in fact, been very low all day. [Note: for the 2019 - 2023 period, average emissions per kWh were 175 g]
Figure 3: A Low-Carbon Emissions Day (6/4/24)

On a personal note, our solar PV panels generated about 12 kWh on 6th April, of which 5kWh were uploaded to the National Grid. Every little helps!


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