Gas Network Innovation Competition

As part of the RIIO price controls we introduced the Gas Network Innovation Competition (NIC).

The Gas NIC is an annual opportunity for Gas 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 of supply as Great Britain (GB) moves to a low carbon economy. Up to £20 million per annum is available through the Gas NIC.

Through the 2019 process, we awarded one gas NIC project: . NGN's H21 Phase 2.You can read more about the project in the 2019 Funding Decisions, available below. 

The 2020 Competition

The Initial Screening Process for the 2020 NIC has now concluded.

The following projects have passed the ISP, and will proceed to the Full Submission stage.

The Full Submission deadline is 5pm on 31st July.

H100 Fife (SGN)

The project aims to construct a new end-to-end distribution network to test hydrogen from production to use in real consumer homes, with the opportunity for customers to opt-in to live trials.

HyNTS (National Grid Gas)

The project aims to test transmission network assets with flows of hydrogen blends between 20-100% at transmission pressures for the first time.  The project intends to work in conjunction with Northern Gas Networks’ ongoing H21 project at Spadeadam.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 20th Mar 2013
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
See the proforma used by licensees wishing to make bids to the Gas Network Innovation Competition.

  • Published: 11th Feb 2013
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
This document contains all the regulation, governance and administration of the gas 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.

  • Published: 13th Aug 2012
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
This letter contains our decision on funding the cost of preparing submissions for the Network Innovation Competition, as well as on the detailed governance of the Network Innovation Allowance.

  • Published: 29th May 2012
  • Closed: 27th Jun 2012
  • Consultations and responses
  • 12 Associated documents
This letter consults further on funding the cost of preparing submissions for the Network Innovation Competition.

  • Published: 21st Mar 2012
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This document explains our decisions on two consultations on the high level policy aspects of the Network Innovation competition.

  • Published: 4th Jan 2012
  • Closed: 1st Feb 2012
  • Consultations and responses
  • 11 Associated documents
Asking for views on: breadth of network licensee participation in the competition and funding allowance for RIIO network licensees bid submission costs.

  • Published: 2nd Sep 2011
  • Closed: 17th Oct 2011
  • Consultations and responses
  • 11 Associated documents
This document sets out our decision on non-network company access to the Network Innovation Competition (NIC), as part of the RIIO price controls.

  • Published: 21st Jan 2011
  • Closed: 4th Mar 2011
  • Consultations and responses
  • 1 Associated documents
This letter seeks views on arrangements we should put in place to give third parties (non-network companies) access to funding aimed at stimulating innovation on Great Britain’s energy networks.