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: 30th Nov 2015
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Our decision on which projects we will fund under the 2015 Electricity Network Innovation Competition.

  • Published: 28th Jul 2015
  • Decisions
  • 3 Associated documents
This letter advises stakeholders that version 2.1 of the NIC Governance Documents have come into force. It also describes the main changes we have made since we consulted on the documents.

  • Published: 25th Jun 2015
  • Consultations and responses
  • 8 Associated documents
This notice explains our proposed changes to the Network Innovation Competition (NIC) Governance Document.

  • Published: 17th Jun 2015
  • Guidance
  • 4 Associated documents
These are the proforma, spreadsheet and guidance that the Network Licensees should use when completing their Full Submissions for the 2015 Electricity Network Innovation Competition (NIC).

  • Published: 29th May 2015
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
This letter updates stakeholders on our intent to amend the Network Innovation Competition Governance Documents.

  • Published: 11th May 2015
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'OSEAIT' from National Grid Electricity Transmission.

  • Published: 11th May 2015
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'Telecoms Template for a Low Carbon Future' from Western Power Distribution.

  • Published: 8th May 2015
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'Celsius' from Electricity North West.

  • Published: 8th May 2015
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'Evolution' from Scottish Power Distribution.

  • Published: 8th May 2015
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'Future Intelligent Transmission Network SubStation (FITNESS)' from Scottish Power Transmission.

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