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: 29th Apr 2013
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission from Scottish Power Transmission for the Electricity Network Innovation Competition project VISOR.

  • Published: 29th Apr 2013
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  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission from National Grid Electricity Transmission for the Electricity Network Innovation Competition project MSB.

  • Published: 29th Apr 2013
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  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission from TC Ormonde OFTO Ltd for the Electricity Network Innovation Competition project Development,Testing, and Manufacture of a Universal, Subsea, 132kV Cable Joint.

  • Published: 29th Apr 2013
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission from TC Ormonde OFTO Ltd for the Electricity Network Innovation Competition project Trial/Demonstration of an Innovative Seabed Scour Protection Method.

  • Published: 29th Apr 2013
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission from TC Ormonde OFTO Ltd for the Electricity Network Innovation Competition project Modification of a Telecommunications Repair Vessel for Power Cable Repairs.

  • Published: 29th Apr 2013
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission from Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc for the Electricity Network Innovation Competition project Multi Terminal Test Environment for HVDC Systems.

  • Published: 20th Mar 2013
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  • 1 Associated documents
This is the proforma used by licensees wishing to make bids to the Electricity Network Innovation Competition.

  • Published: 11th Feb 2013
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  • 1 Associated documents
This document is the electricity Network Innovation Competition Governance Document. It contains all the regulation, governance and administration of the electricity NIC.

  • Published: 10th Jan 2013
  • Consultations and responses
  • 28 Associated documents
This letter summarises the responses we received to our October consultation on the Network Innovation Competition and Network Innovation Allowance governance documents.

  • Published: 10th Oct 2012
  • Closed: 21st Nov 2012
  • Consultations and responses
  • 9 Associated documents
We have developed draft versions of the NIC and NIA governance documents which we are informally consulting on. The IPR chapters (chapter 7 for the NIA documents and chapter 9 for the NIC documents) have now been added to the consultation.

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