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 2016
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'ReZone – Resilient Network Zones' from Scottish and Southern Power Distribution.

  • Published: 21st Apr 2016
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'Proteus' from Western Power Distribution.

  • Published: 21st Apr 2016
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'Transmission & Distribution Interface 2.0 (TDI 2.0)' from National Grid Electricity Transmission.

  • Published: 21st Apr 2016
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'Phoenix – System Security and Synchronous Compensators' from Scottish Power Transmission.

  • Published: 21st Apr 2016
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'OpenLV.'

  • Published: 21st Apr 2016
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'Inspire' from Scottish Power Distribution.

  • Published: 1st Mar 2016
  • Closed: 29th Mar 2016
  • Consultations and responses
  • 10 Associated documents
In this open letter consultation, we propose licence changes to add a new category ‘Returned Project Revenues’ to the Network Innovation Competition’s Funding Return Mechanism.

  • Published: 8th Feb 2016
  • Guidance
  • 0 Associated documents
The submission deadline for this year’s Initial Screening Process will be 13 April 2016.

  • Published: 12th Jan 2016
  • 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 2016/17 and the amounts it will transfer to the companies implementing successful projects.

  • Published: 1st Dec 2015
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This brochure describes the projects we have funded through this year's electricity and gas Network Innovation Competitions.

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