logo

Carbon Tracer

Generation energy mix

The electricity that flows through our cables to reach the homes, offices (and other premises) of our customers comes from quite a wide range of sources. These sources of generation may be local to a given area or may flow in from much more distant sources through the National Grid’s high voltage transmission network. Some generation sources can be classed as renewable while others are non-renewable or nuclear. As the various forms of generation work, they create quite different amounts of carbon dioxide gas.

The local generation which is attached to the Western Power Distribution network typically includes large solar PV installations, wind farms and various incineration generators some of which are renewable forms of energy (for example biomass), while others are not. There are many other generation types including less common forms such as tidal and wave power and even newer forms such as battery storage.

When local generation is insufficient to meet demand at any given time and location, the shortfall is made up by taking electricity from the National Grid. Changes to prevailing conditions and what people are doing throughout the day and throughout the year means that the demand for electricity from customers is constantly changing. The available generation also changes all the time so that the overall mix is in a constant state of change. This is shown by the Carbon Tracer.

If you would like to know more about how we generate the information below, take a look at our FAQsWe also have a number of online Videos and Guides which tell you more about what we do in the community energy and network innovation areas.  These are available here.  To find out more about what we do as a Company please view some of our videos in our video library.

pinIcon To discover your generation mix, enter a postcode
pinIcon
information
logo Your energy generation mix
pinIcon {{postcode}}
information
{{statuses[currentData.overallRagStatus].text}}
{{statuses[currentData.overallRagStatus].description}}
{{statuses[currentData.overallRagStatus].largeDescription}}
solar moon Local solar power {{statuses[currentData.solarRagStatus].status}}
wind Local wind power {{statuses[currentData.windRagStatus].status}}
X
boltIcon

The energy supplied to this location comes from the local substation shown above

logo Name {{bsp.name}}
logo {{bsp.windPercentage * 100 | number: 0}}% of your locally generated energy comes from wind power in perfect conditions. This is {{(bsp.windPercentage * 100) < 1 ? noOfBsps : bsp.windRanking}} of {{noOfBsps | number: 0}} in the WPD area
logo {{bsp.solarPercentage * 100 | number: 0}}% of your locally generated energy comes from solar power in perfect conditions. This is {{(bsp.solarPercentage * 100) < 1 ? noOfBsps : bsp.solarRanking}} of {{noOfBsps | number: 0}} in the WPD area
logo Your area is {{bsp.bspType}}, meaning {{bsp.bspTypeComment}}
logo Your area's energy usage is highest between {{bsp.busiestHour}}:00 and {{bsp.busiestHour + 1}}:00

Is this the current location?

If not simply navigate the map and move the pin to the correct area or try entering a postcode again.

Please note

The Western Power Distribution area includes East & West Midlands, South Wales and the South West.

logo

We use the data from our energy distribution network to calculate local energy mixes to generate results within this area.

We're sorry, but this location {{errorPostcode}} isn't in the Western Power Distribution area

The Western Power Distribution area includes East & West Midlands, South Wales and the South West.

We use the data from our energy distribution network to calculate local energy mixes to generate results within this area.

logo

We're sorry, but the data for this location is not available.

We are unable to provide a local energy analysis for your location, as the data for this location is incomplete.

This usually happens when the electricity is supplied by another Network Operator, even though it is within the Western Power Distribution area.

logo

Created by

Western Power Distribution

Western Power Distribution is the company responsible for electricity distribution in the Midlands, South West and Wales. Our business serves over 7.8 million customers and we employ over 6,500 members of staff to ensure the highest quality of service

Find out more

The Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is a not-for-dividend company that helps organisations and companies reduce their carbon emissions and become more resource efficient. Its stated mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy.

Find out more
Smartphones with Carbon Tracing App logo.

Carbon Tracer App

The Carbon Tracer is available on Google Play and the App Store, for Android and Apple devices. Try moving your energy usage based on which hours are greenest or reddest to discover what level of energy efficiency you have!

Our app is now available on Google Play and the App Store on Apple Devices

androidLogo iosLogo