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 Nov 2016
  • 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 2016
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Our decision on which projects we will fund under the 2016 Electricity Network Innovation Competition.

  • Published: 21st Sep 2016
  • Closed: 25th Oct 2016
  • Consultations and responses
  • 14 Associated documents
We have issued Notices under section 11A(2) of the Electricity Act 1989 and under section 23(2) of the Gas Act 1986 to the relevant licence holders.

  • Published: 8th Jun 2016
  • Guidance
  • 4 Associated documents
These are the documents and guidance that Network Licensees should use when completing their Full Submissions for the 2016 Electric NIC.

  • Published: 21st Apr 2016
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'POWERFL-CB - Power-electronic Fault Limiting Circuit Breaker' from London Power Networks.

  • 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.'

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