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    • CommentAuthorSimonH
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2009
    I just received Good Energy's latest newletter.

    They now have an interactive map which shows all their their third party generators, broken down by type (wind, water, pv, solar thermal), rated capacity and annual generation.

    Whilst there are no month by month figures, you can get an ideas of the range of what real world people are getting per year. There's over 600 sites listed across the UK. All sizes.

    You can also get an overlay of wind capacity/solar insolation/rainfall to see what raw resource is avaiable.

    F.A.B. I don't know anywhere else where there is this much real world data publicly available. If you do please post a link!


    • CommentAuthorecohome
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2010
    That's a rather wonderful map, thanks. Just makes me want more detail!
    • CommentAuthorfinny
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2010
    Anyone know of a map that let's me see where my consumed power is actually coming from?
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2010
    I'd treat some of those numbers with suspicion.

    The first solar site I looked at had a 1kW system generating 4.4 MWh/year - not feasible. I wonder if Good Energy ever send anyone to check meter readings?
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2010

    This is for coal only, but realistically your electricity does not come form 'one' station thankfully.

    UK CO2 Grid Intensity , following on from steamys comment

    • CommentAuthorjamesingram
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2010 edited
    also found this a while back , an electricity map of UK, showing major power stations (>500 MW) and transmission infrastructure http://www.leonardo-energy.org/electricity-maps-uk 2006
    http://www.leonardo-energy.org/webfm_send/2573 uk electricity
    http://www.leonardo-energy.org/webfm_send/2574 renewables
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2010

    That Earth.Org is a good idea. Shame they do not have a way of having it shut off things like washing machines and fridges, oh that will be a smart meter :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorjamesingram
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2010 edited
    Smart metering suppose to be up and running by 2020 , companies currently consulting/bidding for contracts, I believe basic level stuff might be up and running in a couple of year ( not sure what that would involve)

    Meanwhile , using the delayed start on washing machines /dishwashers ,may be link up to economy 7(10)
    we'll do the same ,
    Shame this simple solution thats been available for years isn't used as much , probably the additional standby/daily charges put people off.
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2010 edited
    Looked into doing my PhD in integrating renewables through a price signal sent via smart meters. Not a very well thought out route in my opinion. Trouble is really that our supply is too reliable and we have got used to having what we want when we want. I play a thought experiment with people. Imaging that you have delivered to your door at midnight 48 kWh of energy (whatever mix you like) every day and that is it, you can't carry any over to the next day. Now try and slice it up so that you can exist in our current society. Becomes tricky after about 8am I find.
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