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The leading resource for 24/7 electricity CO2 data

We provide actionable data quantifying how carbon intensive electricity is on an hourly basis across 50+ countries.

The data can be accessed historically, in real time, or as a forecast for the next 24 hours. You can also explore the real time data on the Electricity Maps app.

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Use cases

Explore how our clients use the Electricity Maps data to power their services.

Case

Reduce your climate impact

Google uses Electricity Maps' forecast data to shift the timing of compute tasks running on their hyperscale data centers to times when low-carbon power sources, like wind and solar, are most plentiful.

In the future they plan to load shift not only based on time, but also based on location in order to maximize the reduction in carbon emissions.

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CASE

Empower users with actionable data

Electric vehicle app Tezlab uses Electricity Maps' data to engage users with insights about the carbon impact of their transportation.

Tezlab quantifies the carbon footprint of EV charging, allowing users to visualize reductions in their footprint when they charge at the optimal time, and to purchase trees to offset the emissions they do cause.

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Prioritize power-heavy tasks when electricity is greenest

Google uses Electricity Maps' forecast data to shift the timing of compute tasks running on their hyperscale data centers to times when low-carbon power sources, like wind and solar, are most plentiful.

In the future they plan to load shift not only based on time, but also based on location in order to maximize the reduction in carbon emissions.

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Charge your car when the power is greenest

Google uses Electricity Maps' forecast data to shift the timing of compute tasks running on their hyperscale data centers to times when low-carbon power sources, like wind and solar, are most plentiful.

In the future they plan to load shift not only based on time, but also based on location in order to maximize the reduction in carbon emissions.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Empower users with actionable data

Electric vehicle app Tezlab uses Electricity Maps' data to engage users with insights about the carbon impact of their transportation.

Tezlab quantifies the carbon footprint of EV charging, allowing users to visualize reductions in their footprint when they charge at the optimal time, and to purchase trees to offset the emissions they do cause.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

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Understand the electricity grid

Carbon intensity

Hourly granularity

Get access to the carbon intensity (in gCO2eq/kWH) of electricity consumed in the region taking into account the full life-cycle of electricity production.

We collect data from all around the world and compute the data in an hourly resolution, allowing you to gain granular insights accounting for the variance of the grid.

Power breakdowns

Flow-tracing

Get access to the production and consumption breakdowns to understand the full flow and production of the origin of electricity.

By using our flow-tracing methodology, we trace back the origin of electricity accounting for imports and exports. Read more.

See the grid’s present

Real-time data sources

Get access to the real-time carbon intensity and power-breakdown to engage your users and make informative decisions.

All our real-time data sources are at an hourly or less frequency and with less than 2 hours of delay.

Live visualization

Flow-tracing

Our open-source Electricity Maps App visualizes real-time data across the world. Check it out.

See the grid’s past

Frequent updates

Get access to a comprehensive database of hourly carbon carbon intensities and power breakdowns going back up to 6 years depending on the region.

We continuously validate and update our historical data to make sure you have the most accurate and granular data available.

Estimations for any missing hours

Flow-tracing

We continuously run our estimation pipeline to identify gaps and supply estimates for any missing hours. This way you can trust that we will always have a value for all hours.

Optimize for the grid’s future

Machine learning

Our forecasts can be used to make carbon efficient decisions—both for your users and your product.

Our forecasts are based on machine learning algorithms trained on our vast database consisting of a wide array of data, such as production, price and weather data.

24-hours of lookahead

Frequently verified and updated

Get access to forecasted carbon intensity and power breakdowns for up to 24 hours in the future.

All our models are monitored and frequently retrained to reflect changes in the grid.

Consequential emissions

24-hours of lookahead

Marginal data looks at the consequence of deciding to consume electricity at a given time and can be used to calculate and optimize for avoided emissions. Read more.

Get access to forecasted marginal carbon intensity and power-consumption-breakdowns for up to 24 hours in the future.

Machine learning

Frequently verified and updated

Our marginal methodology is using machine learning based on our large historical database to predict the marginal emissions and origin of electricity. Read more.

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Access the data through our API

Integrate directly with the Electricity Maps API

Connect your product or service directly to our API to retrieve all relevant electricity data from your regions. Our entire database, including real-time, historical, forecasts as well as marginal data is all available through different endpoints in our API.

The API is simple to use and has been integrated in numerous products and services.

See the API documentation ↗

Get tailored preprocessed historical data files

Only interested in historical data? In that case we can supply you with pre-processed sections of historical data for regions of your choosing. The files can be made available in CSV and Excel formats and contain all the data required for your use case.

See example of historical data

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We’re here to help you join innovative organizations in leveraging our actionable data to empower and engage your users or to make smart choices about your own electricity usage.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which types of data can I access via the Electricity Maps API?

Our API offers historical (3-5 years back in time), real-time, and 24hr forecasted carbon electricity consumption and production data with an hourly resolution. You can access the average and marginal carbon intensity, power mix breakdown, and much more; accounting for imports and exports between markets and including estimations in case of delayed or missing data. Have a look at our API documentation to see a complete overview of the data offered, and feel free to contact us if you need data that is not listed here, maybe it is on our roadmap!

What are your sources of data and methodology?

You can find all our data sources on our GitHub Repository here. For more information about how we calculate our carbon intensity see our GitHub Wiki here or browse through our blog posts where our methodology is explained in greater detail.

What is the price for API access?

Our prices start at 750€ per month per zone, and vary depending on the use case, temporality, and geographical scope of the data you need to access. For clients who require it we also offer additional services. Please reach out to us describing your use case and we will get back to you as soon as possible with further pricing information.

How can my organization use your data?

Our data can be used in a variety of use cases in order to support your organization in meeting your ambitions. Browse through some of our use cases published here.

App feedback and ideas

We are excited to hear that you want to give us feedback on our app!
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Personal usage

Next to our commercial API we offer a free API that allows you to access a restricted amount of data for free. After the registration, you will be able to access real-time data for many countries globally and use the data for your personal and non-commercial projects.

Explore our free API for personal usage

Public research and academia

To support public research and academia we provide a limited set of data for free. For further information and access to the data please visit our academia page.

Visit the academia page

We're on a mission

We′re on a mission

Driven by the urgent need to get rid of all fossil fuels, the world is in the midst of the most profound transformation in humankind's history.

The mission and vision of Electricity Maps
In the next decade, the transition to a low-carbon electricity system will require every organisation and government to understand and reduce their real electricity footprint.

Our mission is organise the world's electricity data to drive the transition towards a truly decarbonised electricity system.
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FAQ

What kinds of data can you get from the API?

We offer hourly electricity production, consumption, and carbon intensity data in 50+ countries and counting, including breakdowns of fuel sources used and imports/exports of power between countries and regions. For some countries we also offer marginal data (for more information please reach out, we’re covering more and more countries all the time). You can access this data historically, in real-time, or as a forecast with our API. You can learn more about the data we provide here and take a look at a sample output CSV here.

Where do you get your data from and how do you calculate carbon intensity?

The raw data is retrieved from a variety of public data sources, typically transmission system operators, balancing entities or market operators, which are listed here.

Our fantastic open-source community from around the world helps us pull the data from these local data sources. Our system then standardizes and aggregates the data to account for imports and exports of power between countries and uses this data to train our marginal and forecast models.The emission factors we use to calculate our carbon intensity data are from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th assessment report. However, since our API returns power production/consumption data as well as carbon intensity data, you can also use your own emission factors to calculate the carbon intensity.

How often is the data updated? How relevant is the data I am seeing?

All of our API data is updated every hour for that hour, while our historical data is updated when we are made aware of a data quality issue (we also periodically monitor for these issues). Our forecasts are also updated every hour, meaning that at any given time, our Forecast API returns forecasted values for the next 24 hours

How do you make your calculations? I’d like to learn more about your methodology

In addition to writing extensively on our public Github repo about our methodology, we have also published a paper in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark: Real-time carbon accounting method for the European electricity markets.

Finally, if you’d like to learn more about our Marginal methodology specifically, this post and this post from our blog will be helpful.

[X region] isn’t showing any data on the Electricity Maps - why?

We have set ourselves a data standard - we currently only show live, hourly-updated data on the Electricity Maps that is derived from hourly (or even more frequently updated) publicly available data from trusted sources. When a country or region doesn’t have any data on the livemap, this is either because the available data has a delay of several hours, our data source was not reporting up to our standards or because we have not found a public data source that fits our standards.

Much of the data on the Electricity Maps can be attributed to our amazing community of enthusiastic contributors who have found public data sources - join us and help fill in the blanks at our public Github repo!

You don't seem to cover [X region]. Can I still get data for it?

While we may not have sufficient hourly data to display the region on the map, we have various estimation models in place which may be able to calculate the data you would need depending on your use case.Please get in touch with us and let us know what data you are looking for in which regions and we’ll let you know what the options are.

What do the borders on the Electricity Maps mean? I see some countries that appear to be split up on the map.

The Electricity Maps is divided into “zones” which are represented from the boundaries depicted on the Electricity Maps App. These zones correspond to zones in the Electricity Maps API.

Often, one country equals one zone, but there are many instances where this is not the case. Countries are sometimes split into several zones, mainly because our data sources show a significant difference in power production/consumption in different regions of a country (usually this means the country is running on several distinct grids) and we have access to the public data needed to depict this.

How can I access your data?

Write to us in our contact form and tell us what data (historical, real-time, forecast, and/or marginal) and countries you are interested in. We’ll provide you with a quote and take it from there. For technical questions regarding data access - check out this page, review our documentation or write to us in the contact form. You can see a sample of our data here, and in some cases we provide trial access for testing whether our data can be integrated into your solution.

How much does it cost?

You can access our API with a subscription (or a one-time payment for CSV files). The pricing depends on a number of factors, including the number of countries you’d like to access, the type of data you need (historical, real time, forecasted, and/or marginal), etc.. Please write to us in our contact form detailing the type(s) of data and the geographic coverage you are interested in and we’ll provide a quote specific to your needs. If you have specific SLA or other requirements we’re happy to discuss these with you and tailor a solution specifically to you.

Why don’t you cover the whole world?

Our data currently covers 50+ countries around the world and we are constantly adding new countries to our map. For some countries we have not yet identified data sources that meet our requirements. If you are aware of any data sources which can help us add a new country to our map, please let us know in our Github Repository. We have an amazing team of contributors and we’d love to continue to grow our community.

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