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, reduce costs, and maintain security as Great Britain (GB) moves to a low carbon economy. Up to £70m per annum is available through the Electricity NIC.

Through the 2019 process, we awarded two electricity NIC projects: WPD's DC Share and SSEN's Resilience as a Service. You can read more about the projects in the 2019 Funding Decisions, available below. 

 

The 2020 Competition

 

This year’s Initial Screening Process deadline will be 5pm on Monday 6 April.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 30th Apr 2019
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission for the project "Constellation" from UK Power Networks.

  • Published: 26th Feb 2019
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
See version 3.0 of the Initial Screening Process pro forma for Electricity and Gas Network Innovation Competitions.

  • Published: 11th Jan 2019
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This direction sets out the amount that National Grid Electricity System Operator (NGESO) can recover from its customers in relation to the NIC.

  • Published: 29th Nov 2018
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This brochure describes the projects we have funded through this year's Gas and Electricity Network Innovation Competitions.

  • Published: 29th Nov 2018
  • Decisions
  • 3 Associated documents
Our decisions on which projects we will fund under the 2018 Gas and Electricity Network Innovation Competitions.

  • Published: 31st Jul 2018
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This document sets out our assessment of each Project’s Successful Delivery Reward application and the consequential award.

  • Published: 5th Jun 2018
  • Guidance
  • 3 Associated documents
These are the proforma, spreadsheet and guidance that the Network Licensees should use when completing their Full Submissions for the 2018 Electricity NIC.

  • Published: 27th Apr 2018
  • Decisions, Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
2018 NIC ISP screening submission for 'CONNECTION' from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks.

  • Published: 27th Apr 2018
  • Decisions, Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
2018 NIC ISP submission for ‘Project Vision' from Scottish Power Energy Networks.

  • Published: 27th Apr 2018
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
2018 NIC ISP submission for ‘Refuelling Tomorrow' from Scottish Power Energy Networks.

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