Electricity Map is a Open Source project that shows in real-time where your electricity comes from and how much CO2 was emitted to produce it. You can access the information on its website, or by using an iOS or Android app.
In Portugal this project is very popular among EV enthusiasts, since it shows us when our electricity comes from 100 % renewable sources and we can brag about it…
However, this project is more important than bragging rights, we can use it to see the big picture.
When we look at the map we can see a lot of grey areas where information isn’t even available. However, we can also see some beacons of hope in green areas where all or almost all electricity comes from low CO2-emitting sources.
The green areas represent the countries which can now benefit the most from the transition to electric transportation.
Anyway, I think that making this kind of vital information easy to access and understand is very important for a responsible citizenship. With it citizens can and should pressure some governments to do better by showing good examples.
What do you think? Are you surprised by some data available?