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September 3, 2018
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7 min read

Why green electricity contracts fail to deliver green electricity

Depending on where you live, your electricity retailer may have offered you a contract giving you electricity that exclusively comes from renewables. Furthermore, recently many companies have made headlines, claiming...
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July 11, 2018
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4 min read

Do renewables always reduce carbon emissions?

Fossil fuels are the largest source of greenhouse gases. As they still count for 80% of our energy source, and 66% of our electricity source, it becomes urgent to get rid of them and transition to low-carbon...
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July 3, 2018
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9 min read

Estimating the marginal carbon intensity of electricity with machine learning

How do you know where your electricity comes from? The answer, in its simplest form, is given by the Electricity Maps app. However, when consumers are faced with a decision — for example deciding when to charge an...
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November 22, 2017
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3 min read

A society where electric devices consume electricity at the right time

The problem with renewable energy is its intermittency. In Ireland for example, it is not uncommon to see big variations in wind production. Those patterns are clearly visible on electricitymaps.com, as can be seen on...
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September 14, 2016
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2 min read

Low-carbon electricity production: who's ahead?

August 2016 has been the hottest August ever measured by NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies. In fact, it’s also the 11th consecutive month to break that record. Moreover, NOAA (US National Oceanic and...
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