Battersea Power Station and Grosvenor Bridge
Originally uploaded by Dave Gorman.

Did you know you can download electricity demand data in Excel from National Grid UK ? How interesting. You can even view them in real time.

Real time data is available for system frequency and electricity demand. Demand data can be viewed over three separate time intervals: 60 minutes, 24 hours and the last 8 days. Frequency traces track movements over the last 60 minutes.

Dynamic Demand has a cool “frequency” web-meter operating directly from National Grid data. They also show how past events, such as the silence for London bomb victims, have affected the grid. It would be very interesting to see the effect on the demand if we organized an event like Earth Hour.

I will try uploading some data to Swivel or Many Eyes when I find spare time so that someone can create interesting graphs.