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: 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 .

  • Published: 17th Apr 2014
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission for Offshore Cable Repair Vessel and Universal Joint from TC Ormonde OFTO Limited (TC Lincs OFTO Limited) .

  • Published: 11th Apr 2014
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission for Enhanced Frequency Control Capability (EFCC) from National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc.

  • Published: 4th Mar 2014
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
Proforma for Initial Screening Process submissions to the 2014 Electricity Network Innovation Competition.

  • Published: 8th Jan 2014
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Network Innovation Competition funding direction setting out the amounts for the System Operator to include in its allowed revenues for 2014/15 and the amounts it will transfer to the companies implementing the winning projects.

  • Published: 29th Nov 2013
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
The Authority's decision outlining the projects it intends to fund under the 2013 Electricity Network Innovation Competition.

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