National Grid: Live Status (12:35pm 25/10/2014)

The National Grid is Great Britain’s electrical power transmission network, distributing the power generated in England, Scotland, and Wales, and importing and exporting power between Great Britain and Ireland, France, and the Netherlands.

32.7GW energy production

Production right now:

Note: pie chart graphics exclude energy exports, as pie charts cannot show negative values

71.1% brown energy

Coal
11.89GW 36.4%
Oil
0.00GW 0.0%
OCGT
0.00GW 0.0%
CCGT
6.73GW 20.6%
Nuclear
4.60GW 14.1%

Coal: driving turbines using steam produced by burning coal

Oil: driving turbines using steam produced by burning oil

OCGT: open cycle gas turbine; burning gas to drive turbines directly

CCGT: combined cycle gas turbine; burning gas to drive turbines directly and through steam production

Nuclear: driving turbines using steam produced by radioactive decay

16.3% green energy

Wind
4.73GW 14.5%
Hydroelectric
0.59GW 1.8%

Wind: driving turbines using the wind

Hydroelectric: driving turbines using water naturally collected within a reservoir

Note: hydroelectric excludes pumped storage, where excess electricity is used to pump water into a reservoir in order to generate electricity at a later date. The energy used in pumped storage may be green or brown, so pumped storage is categorised under ‘Other energy’ on this page.

Note: other renewable sources such as solar are grouped together with other non-renewable sources such as waste-to-energy incinerators as other, so are categorised under ‘Other energy’ on this page.

12.6% other energy

Pumped storage
0.29GW 0.9%
Other
1.12GW 3.4%
HVDC Moyle
-0.01GW -0.0%
HVDC Cross-Channel
2.00GW 6.1%
BritNed
0.91GW 2.8%
East–West Interconnector
-0.19GW -0.6%

HVDC Moyle: a 0.5GW cable between Scotland and Northern Ireland

HVDC Cross-Channel: a 2GW cable between England and France

BritNed: a 1GW cable between England and the Netherlands

East–West Interconnector: a 0.5GW cable between Wales and the Republic of Ireland

Note: negative values represent energy exports

Averages

Past day:

Average production: 33.0GW

Past week:

Average production: 33.1GW

Past month:

Average production: 32.8GW

Past year:

Average production: 34.2GW

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Energy production
Brown energy
Green energy
Other energy

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Coal
Oil
OCGT
CCGT
Nuclear
Wind
Hydroelectricity
Pumped storage
Other

Imports and exports

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HVDC Moyle
HVDC Cross-Channel
BritNed
East–West Interconnector