New data showing the electricity consumption and generation patterns of more than 12,000 UK customers has been published by the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR).
Domestic and business customers were monitored over a two-year period to produce industry-leading research into current, emerging and possible future electricity load and generation patterns.
Thousands of the customers had smart meters installed, which provided accurate information on their electricity demand and generation activity every 30 minutes. Many had solar panels, heat pumps and electric vehicle charging points, providing important new data on the effect of these new low-carbon loads on local electricity networks.
The CLNR is also investigating whether or not customers can be more flexible with when and how they use energy - for example, by scheduling routine household tasks such as laundry and cooking outside the 4pm-8pm period of peak electricity demand.
According to CLNR, when customers are willing to be flexible this could provide a cost-effective way to manage future energy challenges.