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Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) & Network Innovation Competitions (NIC)

As part of the RIIO: ED1, T1 and GD1 price controls Ofgem have introduced the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) and Network Innovation Competitions (NICs).

The NICs are annual competitions for electricity and gas, where network companies compete for funding for research, development and trialling for 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 and security of supply at value for money as Great Britain moves to a low carbon economy.

The NIA is a smaller allowance each RIIO network licensee receives to fund smaller scale innovative projects which have the potential to deliver benefits to network customers.


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