Grid impact

This is how lockdown affects the electricity grid. What used to be a regular weekly pattern (high demand during weekdays, low at weekends) has broken down. Variability is a challenge for system operators and forecasting demand is just as important as forecasting renewable generation.

Gardening and recreation increase enjoyment

Since the lockdown started we see more reporting of screentime, gardening and hot drinks. Washing/showers, work and (surprisingly) reading are down. Perhaps we should read more, given that it appears even more enjoyable, especially compared to screentime.

Shifting activities

The activity patters we observe have changed dramatically. On average the day starts an hour later, more activities are reported in the morning and significantly fewer during the peak demand period in the early evening. This may have profound impacts on the timing energy use.

Reduction in demand

UK electricity demand has fallen. In a historic context this reduction is roughly equivalent to the last 6 years worth of energy savings. Thanks to sunny and windy weather, the emissions of our energy use are among the lowest we have ever seen. How much of this reduction can be sustained into the future?

How are we coping?

For some the lockdown is easy to cope with, others face serious difficulties. Help us understand these unusual times and learn about potential long term effects at

Lockdown changes energy use

We continue to collect data during the lockdown. While national demand is at a record low, some households will see their bills go up.