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 2017 Competition
The following projects have passed the initial screening process and are now eligible for the full submission stage of the 2017 Electricity NIC:
Fusion (Scottish Power Distribution)
This project will trial a commercially structured market approach to enable various network stakeholders to realise the value of their network flexibility. In particular, it will focus on how DNOs can utilise this to design/ run their modernised networks.
LV Engine (Scottish Power Distribution)
This project will trial two intelligent secondary transformers on the low voltage network to enable flexible network management and the connection of more low carbon generation.
Power Saver Plus (Electricity North West Limited)
This project will trial DNOs delivering customer-focused energy efficiency measures. The project will lead to an evaluation tool for DNOs to identify the most effective mix of efficiency measures, designed to reduce network costs, reduce bills for customers and reduce CO2 emissions.
Active Response - Active Response to Distribution Network Constraints (London Power Networks)
This project builds on existing innovation to address network constraints to the uptake of low carbon technologies. It proposes to develop and demonstrate automated power electronic devices at low / high voltage levels, enabling increased network meshing where it is not currently possible. This will release network capacity quickly, at minimum cost and avoiding traditional reinforcement.
EFFS - Electricity Flexibility and Forecasting System (Western Power Distribution)
This project is trialling how to improve load forecasting to identify long-term opportunities for flexibility services and support short-term flexibility service decision making and co-ordination. This assesses and trials the functionality of flexibility support systems.
HARP - Holistic Active and Reactive Project (Western Power Distribution)
This project is trialling new network equipment to control power flows across the 132kv network and provide reactive power services to SO.
Transition (Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks)
This project will design and demonstrate the tools needed to deliver the Distribution System Operator (DSO) models being proposed by the ENA TSO-DSO Project. The project aims to de-risk and facilitate the transition from DNO to DSO.