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Project information

New Web-based Database: Electricity Market Data

To identify the key energy information important for understanding how the UK electricity system is evolving in light of renewable energy targets and to make it readily accessible to the public.

6 months

Charity information: The Renewable Energy Foundation

The Renewable Energy Foundation
  • Need


    We continue to explore further opportunities for data publication that will enrich public understanding, and we have determined that there is much mileage in providing an accessible view of the UK electricity market data. While there is currently available some valuable material from electricity industry websites, it represents a snapshot in time, is difficult for the layman to understand and is not searchable.


    Having this data available on REF’s website will have the effect of putting REF’s work on renewables into the necessary context of the overall system.

    This project would also be a step towards putting pressure on the UK electricity market to become much more transparent.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To produce easily understandable and accessible view of the UK electricity market data.


    » Ou website will have a new, readily accessible database which willshow how theUK electricity system is evolving with Renewable Energy targets

    What success will look like

    Success will be the take up of the information produced by teh public, the City, the industry and government.

  • Impact


    By having this data available and easily accessible in one site it will show the work REF does into the necessary context of the overall UK energy system and with also put pressure on teh UK electricty market to become much more transparent.


    Availability of Data and access to data is crucial. A lot of data is in the public domain already but there is nothing joining it all together which is what we would do providing a wide-ranging and extensive database.


    We would enjoy a close relationship with our donors on the progress of the project and when it is up and running how the data is being utilised. Regular reports will be prepared to an agreed timetable and involvement, if so wished, in any launch or public events relating to the database.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £85,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,000 Research Work Retrieving data, verifying it and creating and populating the database from a variety of sources
      £15,000 Writing and Editorial Analysis and report writing for two monographs to be created from this combination of data
      £10,000 Launch and Publication costs Design and print costs for two publications and two launch events in different parts of the UK
  • Background


    The work will be carried out at the charity's office in Central London butthe scope of the work is throughout the UK


    Everyone who is involved in the energy debate in the UK and the role of renewables within it. Information provided by REF is used by members of the public, industry, media, financial institutions and politicians and opinion formers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    REF is an independent charity, founded in 2004. REF's reputation is for accurate, unbiased information which is available to all. REF has worked hard to earn it's reputation as a reliable source of information which is fair and honest and values its integrity.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Lee Moroney

    Head of Research. Dr Moroney would be the main author of the database and would be its architect and senior analyst and would be supported by Interns

    Dr John Constable

    As Director of REF Dr Constable would assist Dr Moroney with the analysis and writing of reports from the database.