Electricity Network Innovation Competition

As part of the RIIO price controls we introduced the Electricity Network Innovation Competition (NIC).

The Electricity NIC is an annual opportunity for electricity network companies to compete for funding for the development and demonstration of new technologies, operating and commercial arrangements. Funding will be provided for the best innovation projects which help all network operators understand what they need to do to provide environmental benefits, cost reductions and security of supply as Great Britain (GB) moves to a low carbon economy. Up to £70m per annum is available through the Electricity NIC.

The 2018 Competition

The submission deadline for this year’s Initial Screening Process will be 29 March 2018. Submissions should be sent to networks.innovation@ofgem.gov.uk

Before making submissions, licensees should review the NIC Governance Document.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 21st Apr 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
NIC ISP Screening submission for ‘LV Engine’ from Scottish Power Distribution.

  • Published: 21st Apr 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
NIC ISP screening submission for ‘Active Response’ from London Power Networks.

  • Published: 3rd Feb 2017
  • Guidance
  • 0 Associated documents
The submission deadline for this year’s Initial Screening Process will be 4 April 2017.

  • Published: 3rd Feb 2017
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
Electricity Network Innovation Competition funding direction setting out the amounts for the System Operator to include in its allowed revenues for 2017/18 and the amounts it will transfer to the companies implementing successful projects.

  • Published: 13th Jan 2017
  • Decisions
  • 8 Associated documents
We have modified the NIC and LCNF licence conditions to broaden the Funding Return Mechanism. We consulted on the changes in September 2016.

  • Published: 30th Nov 2016
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This brochure describes the projects we have funded through this year's Electricity and Gas Network Innovation Competitions.

  • Published: 30th Nov 2016
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Our decision on which projects we will fund under the 2016 Electricity Network Innovation Competition.

  • Published: 21st Sep 2016
  • Closed: 25th Oct 2016
  • Consultations and responses
  • 14 Associated documents
We have issued Notices under section 11A(2) of the Electricity Act 1989 and under section 23(2) of the Gas Act 1986 to the relevant licence holders.

  • Published: 8th Jun 2016
  • Guidance
  • 4 Associated documents
These are the documents and guidance that Network Licensees should use when completing their Full Submissions for the 2016 Electric NIC.

  • Published: 21st Apr 2016
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'POWERFL-CB - Power-electronic Fault Limiting Circuit Breaker' from London Power Networks.

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