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July 13, 2022
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5 min read

Becoming Electricity Maps

It was around the beginning of 2016 that I started becoming obsessed with how data could act as a catalyst to put humanity back on a sustainable path. Climate change is a major issue, which was at the time completely...
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June 6, 2022
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9 min read

Marginal vs average: which one to use in practice?

Imagine you’re building a system that can decide the optimal time to charge electric vehicles or the optimal time to run hydrogen electrolyzers. If your goal is to decarbonize the grid, which signal do you base your...
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May 6, 2022
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7 min read

What is additionality (and emissionality)?

Both private and corporate electricity consumers have the ability to procure clean electricity with the ambition to fund the energy transition. However, do all purchases lead to tangible reductions in emissions?
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January 11, 2022
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12 min read

Practices for real-world data science

As I write this introduction, I have been working as a data scientist for Electricity Maps for about 8 months. Overall, I am responsible, together with the other data scientist in the team, for delivering high data...
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December 17, 2021
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10 min read

How we run the Electricity Maps data pipeline at scale in the cloud

At the core of Electricity Maps lies the processing of large amounts of electricity data. For every zone supported, we fetch multiple data entries regarding production breakdowns, capacities, prices, exchanges...
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August 24, 2021
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5 min read

How leading organisations should measure their electricity emissions

The climate crisis is here. The stakes have never been higher for corporate and institutional sustainability to be firmly rooted in science and drive as much real-world impact as possible.
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April 19, 2021
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7 min read

How to trace back the origin of electricity

Electricity can be generated in many different ways, each with their own environmental footprint. As a concerned citizen (or as a responsible company), I might be interested in knowing to which extent I was powered by...
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July 3, 2020
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3 min

Allowing everyone to use electricity at the right time for the climate

At Electricity Maps, our goal is to build products that make it easier for everyone to reduce their carbon footprint. Today, we’re releasing a new project that will make it easier for everyone to easily reduce their...
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April 23, 2020
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3 min read

Announcing our partnership with Google

On Earth Day, Google, one of the world’s most influential companies and one of the biggest data center operators, revealed that they have partnered with us to reduce their climate impact - a humbling and exciting...
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April 21, 2020
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6 min read

How companies reduce their carbon footprint with Electricity Maps API

When looking for ways to make a meaningful impact in the fight against climate change, we often look for leverage points - areas where changes will make an outsized impact. As we’ve written about in our Pragmatic...
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March 23, 2020
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7 min read

Brick: a build tool for mono-repositories

More and more organisations are embracing mono-repositories as it makes dependency management simpler (read more here). However, implementing and maintaining a mono-repository at scale has its challenges. This is due...
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June 13, 2019
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5 min read

Marginal emissions: what they are, and when to use them

Consider those two questions:How much am I emitting by consuming electricity at a certain time? What are the emissions avoided if I decide to consume electricity at a certain time? Those questions have different...
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