This electricity dashboard is live data from the national grid. It shows where our electricity is coming from at any time.
On tours of the windfarm, you will learn about the Rampion windfarm project. This dashboard highlights how Rampion fits in the overall plan of future energy production.
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The UK is one of the world leaders in wind electricity generation. This electricity dashboard shows how the wind generation industry is contributing to the increasing demands. Offshore wind is the greatest growing sector in electricity generation to the National Grid. It is Government policy to continue the growth in this sector. Currently new windfarm projects are being assessed, by the Crown Estate, including extending Rampion.
You should follow the dashboard at different points in the day throughout the year. If you do this, you will see how the different production methods all contribute to the overall demand:
- Nuclear provides a continuous base level. It is a shrinking sector as old stations come to the end of their life. Nuclear currently has very little new investment.
- With the focus on climate change power production aims to reduce the reliance on hydrocarbon fuels. Using coal stations has been drastically reduced. Gas stations still the contribute most to UK energy production, as a result of this more investment is needed.
- Wind power is seeing large improvements in technology, consequently, it is now contributing significantly to energy production. Its greatest drawback is calm days.
- Interconnector cables to European countries are becoming increasingly important. New cables are being installed all the time, taking advantage of demand variations between countries.