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: 8th May 2015
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'ANGLE DC' from Scottish Power Manweb Plc.

  • Published: 8th May 2015
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'New Suite of Transmission Structures (NeSTS)' from Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission.

  • Published: 2nd Apr 2015
  • Decisions
  • 5 Associated documents
This letter advises stakeholders that the second version 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: 20th Mar 2015
  • Closed: 16th May 2015
  • Consultations and responses
  • 1 Associated documents
Letter seeking views on the level of interest payments received by licensees implementing Low Carbon Networks Fund.

  • Published: 6th Mar 2015
  • Charts and data
  • 1 Associated documents
This is the proforma to be used by licensees wishing to make bids to the Electricity Network Innovation Competition.

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

  • Published: 6th Feb 2015
  • Guidance
  • 0 Associated documents
This year the deadline for submissions to the Initial Screening Process of the Electricity NIC is 7 April.

  • Published: 2nd Feb 2015
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Modification notice amending Special Condition 3I (The Network Innovation Competition) in National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc’s electricity transmission licence.

  • Published: 2nd Feb 2015
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Modification notice amending Amended Standard Condition E12-J11 (The Network Innovation Competition) in the offshore transmission owners’ licences.

  • Published: 2nd Feb 2015
  • Decisions
  • 4 Associated documents
Modification to Special Condition 3I (The Network Innovation Competition) in SP Transmission Plc’s electricity transmission licence.

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