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Live updates on GB Electricity mix from DEI and MyGridGB

(22 March 2018)

You can now live track the mix of renewables, fossil fuels or imports used in GB Electricity through the DEI website at www.durham.ac.uk/dei/dashboard 

MyGrid.org have produced a bespoke energy dashboard for Durham Energy Institute to monitor the mix of energy sources in our electricity and GB progress on meeting our 2030 carbon target.

Although progress has been made towards the British Carbon target for Electricity (and it has created many headlines) - there is still a long way to go. The target adopted by UK in 2016 was to reduce carbon emissions 57% by 2030 on 1990 levels. There has been a steady drop in carbon over the past 10 years but we would need to cut our carbon by almost the same amount again to meet the 2030 target. This is also coupled with an increasing demand for electricity from decarbonisation of our transport and heat. Although great strides have been made the UK is not on track to meet its 2030 target and the Government will need to be more ambitious if it is determined to be successful.

DEI and MyGridGB believe decarbonisation is possible, but to get there requires a fleet of interdisciplinary solutions to be found. Technical, social and financial factors are not sufficient on their own to achieve global decarbonisation. MyGridGB has developed a Manifesto of how it sees this target being achieved http://www.mygridgb.co.uk/manifesto/ 

MyGridGB combines data from Elexon and from Sheffield University to build a real time picture of where our electricity comes from. Dr Andrew Crossland who is the founder of MyGridGB is an Associate Fellow of DEI, a former member of DEI Executive Team and formerly been a member of DEI’s Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy when studying his PhD at Durham University. He now works as a specialist in alternative electrification with a background in energy storage. 

If you would like to get in contact with Andrew please see his LinkedIn profile on https://www.linkedin.com/in/afcrossland/