New article from BCDC Research director, Professor Maria Kopsakangas-Savolainen et al. shows how emissions may be decreased by changing timing of electricity use:

Hourly-based greenhouse gas emissions of electricity – cases demonstrating possibilities for households and companies to decrease their emissions

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“In such markets, where the technology mix in the production process includes technologies with different emission factors, there is potential for large variation in hourly based emission factors and consequently this offers potential for decreasing the emissions by real-time based demand management. 

The examples studied show de-creases in the range of 3 – 8% due to optimised timing. In order to reach full potential, hourly-based incentive mechanisms (real-time prices and real-time emissions) need changes is consumers’ attitudes, as well as an increase in the information provided.

To be efficient, smart load control requires information about both the prices and emissions in advance. At present, in Finland only the hourly prices are available in advance via the Nordpool web-page.“

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