The UK National Grid is decarbonising rapidly
As electricity generation from coal is being phased out and wind generation increases the carbon intensity of the Grid is falling steadily each year. This is good news for those who can see that the decarbonisation of heat is greatly helped by the decarbonisation of the Grid and ultimately the Electrification of Heat.
Using DEFRA data, the carbon factor of grid electricity was 495 gCO2/kWh generated in 2014. In 2015, the equivalent figure was 462, which represents a fall of over 6.5%. In 2016, the figure was 412, a fall of 10.8%.
The GridCarbon app allows you to see the current carbon intensity of the Grid on you phone, and frequently shows a carbon intensity of less than 200 gCO2/kWh.
For those with access to a PC, the GridWatch website tracks the source of electricity generation on the UK National Grid and displays it graphically – with updates every five minutes. Expand your window to a wide screen and hover over the guages for useful further information.
Take a look also at the GridWatch Carbon data for France where you will sometimes see that France generates more than 100% of its needs from carbon free sources, and exports the surplus to other nations through "interconnects".