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: 14th Jan 2015
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Network Innovation Competition funding direction setting out the amounts for the System Operator to include in its allowed revenues for 2015/16 and the amounts it will transfer to the companies implementing successful projects.

  • Published: 17th Dec 2014
  • Closed: 19th Jan 2015
  • Consultations and responses
  • 2 Associated documents
This is a statutory consultation on proposed modifications to Amended Standard Condition E12-J11 (The Network Innovation Competition) of the offshore transmission licence.

  • Published: 17th Dec 2014
  • Closed: 19th Jan 2015
  • Consultations and responses
  • 2 Associated documents
This is a statutory consultation on proposed modifications Special Condition 3I (The Network Innovation Competition) of National grid Electricity Transmissions’ licences.

  • Published: 17th Dec 2014
  • Closed: 19th Jan 2015
  • Consultations and responses
  • 2 Associated documents
This is a statutory consultation on proposed modifications Special Condition 3I (The Network Innovation Competition) of the Scottish transmission operators’ transmission licences.

  • Published: 24th Nov 2014
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This brochure describes the projects we have funded through this year's innovation competitions.

  • Published: 24th Nov 2014
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Our decision on which projects we will fund under the 2014 Electricity Network Innovation Competition.

  • Published: 11th Jun 2014
  • Other
  • 4 Associated documents
These are the proforma, spreadsheet and guidance that the Network Licensees should use when completing their Full Submissions for the 2014 Electricity NIC.

  • Published: 17th Apr 2014
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission for Modular Approach to Substation Construction (MASC) from Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc.

  • Published: 17th Apr 2014
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission for New Suite of Transmission Structures (NeSTS) from Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc.

  • Published: 17th Apr 2014
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission for South East Smart Grid (SESG) from National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc .

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