Electricity Network Innovation Allowance

As part of the RIIO price controls we have introduced the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA). The NIA is a set allowance each RIIO network licensee receives as part of their price control allowance.

The NIA provides limited funding to RIIO network licensees to use for two purposes:

  • To fund smaller technical, commercial, or operational projects directly related to the licensees network that have the potential to deliver financial benefits to the licensee and its customers; and/or
  • To fund the preparation of submissions to the Network Innovation Competition (NIC) which meet the criteria set out in the NIC Governance Document.

Licensees are required to publish their Project Registration Information and regular updates on all projects on the Energy Networks Association portal: Smarter Networks Portal.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 18th Jul 2017
  • Decisions
  • 3 Associated documents
This notice explains our decision on proposed changes to version 3.0 of the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) Governance Document.

  • Published: 2nd Apr 2015
  • Decisions
  • 5 Associated documents
This letter advises stakeholders that the second version of the NIA Governance Documents have come into force. It also describes the main changes we have made since we consulted on the documents.

  • Published: 25th Feb 2015
  • Closed: 25th Mar 2015
  • Consultations and responses
  • 11 Associated documents
This notice explains our proposed changes to the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) Governance Document.

  • Published: 15th Dec 2014
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
This letter is intended to remind licensees of the obligations the Network Innovation Allowance Governance Document places on them regarding knowledge transfer and reporting.

  • Published: 29th Jan 2014
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Letter giving SP Transmission Limited permission to register a Network Innovation Project which did not conform to the default Intellectual Property Arrangements and the reasons for our decision.

  • Published: 29th Jan 2014
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Letter noting that National Grid Electricity Transmission did not need permission to register a number of Network Innovation Allowance projects that were transitioning from the Innovation Funding Incentive.

  • Published: 29th Jan 2014
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Letter giving Scottish Hydro Electric Permission to register a Network Innovation Project which did not conform to the default Intellectual Property Arrangements and the reasons for our decision.

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

  • 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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