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 2016
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'Inspire' from Scottish Power Distribution.

  • Published: 1st Mar 2016
  • Closed: 29th Mar 2016
  • Consultations and responses
  • 10 Associated documents
In this open letter consultation, we propose licence changes to add a new category ‘Returned Project Revenues’ to the Network Innovation Competition’s Funding Return Mechanism.

  • Published: 8th Feb 2016
  • Guidance
  • 0 Associated documents
The submission deadline for this year’s Initial Screening Process will be 13 April 2016.

  • Published: 12th Jan 2016
  • 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 2016/17 and the amounts it will transfer to the companies implementing successful projects.

  • Published: 1st Dec 2015
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This brochure describes the projects we have funded through this year's electricity and gas Network Innovation Competitions.

  • 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.