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: 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.

  • 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.

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