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: 21st Apr 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
NIC ISP screening submission for ‘HARP’ - Holistic Active and Reactive Project' from Western Power Distribution.

  • Published: 21st Apr 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
NIC ISP screening submission for ‘Transition' from Scottish and Southern Power Distribution.

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

  • Published: 21st Apr 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
NIC ISP Screening submission for ‘Power Saver Plus’ from Electricity North West.

  • Published: 21st Apr 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
NIC ISP screening submission for ‘EFFS’ - Electricity Flexibility and Forecasting System from Western Power Distribution.

  • 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.

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