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: 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.

  • 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.

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