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: 27th Apr 2018
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
2018 NIC ISP submission for ‘Project Revise' from Western Power Distribution.

  • Published: 27th Apr 2018
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
2018 NIC ISP submission for ‘Optimise Prime' from (UK Power Networks).

  • Published: 27th Apr 2018
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
2018 NIC ISP submission for ‘Black Start from Distributed Energy Resources ' from National Grid Electricity Transmission.

  • Published: 27th Apr 2018
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Decision on Project Vision (Scottish Power Energy Networks) ISP Submission 2018.

  • Published: 27th Apr 2018
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Decision on CONNECTION (Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks) ISP Submission 2018.

  • Published: 30th Jan 2018
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
Initial Screening Process pro forma for Electricity and Gas Network Innovation Competition

  • Published: 30th Nov 2017
  • 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 2017
  • Decisions
  • 3 Associated documents
Our decision on which projects we will fund under the 2017 Gas/ Electricity Network Innovation Competitions.

  • Published: 14th Jul 2017
  • Guidance
  • 4 Associated documents
These are the documents and guidance that Network Licensees should use when completing their Full Submissions for the 2017 Electric NIC.

  • Published: 30th Jun 2017
  • Decisions
  • 3 Associated documents
This notice explains our decision on proposed changes to version 3.0 of the Network Innovation Competition (NIC) Governance Document.

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