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Reference:
Unavailable
Network Operator:
Ofgem
Contact:
Anthony Bivens (anthony.bivens@energynetworks.org, +44 (0) 20 7706 5153 )
Starts - Ends:
01/04/2010 - 31/03/2015
Estimated Expenditure:
Funding Mechanism:
Various
Research Area:
Various
Core Technology(ies):
Carbon Emission Reduction Technologies
Project Documents:
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Introduction:
As part of the electricity distribution price control arrangements that run from 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2015, Ofgem established the Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund. The Fund allows up to £500m support to projects sponsored by the distribution network operators (DNOs) to try out new technology, operating and commercial arrangements. The objective of the projects is to help all DNOs understand what they need to do to provide security of supply at value for money as Great Britain (GB) moves to a low carbon economy.

There are two tiers of funding which are available under the LCN Fund. The First Tier is designed to enable DNOs to recover a proportion of expenditure incurred on small scale projects. Under the Second Tier of the LCN Fund, Ofgem facilitates an annual competition for an allocation of up to £64million to help fund a small number of flagship projects. In the first year, 4 projects were awarded Second Tier funding totalling £63.6million through the annual competition and 11 projects were registered under the First Tier.

These projects involve the DNOs partnering with suppliers, generators, technology providers and other parties to explore how networks can facilitate the take up of low carbon and energy saving initiatives such as electric vehicles, heat pumps, micro and local generation and demand side management, as well as investigating the opportunities that smart meter roll out provide to network companies. As such the Fund should also provide valuable learning for the wider energy industry and other parties.

Objectives:
The Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund aims to provide a financial catalyst for innovation on GB electricity networks and as a result smarter, more innovative, less carbon intensive networks.

Expected Benefits:
NOV 24, 2014  "Ofgem Ofgem Announces £46m of Funding for Eight Innovation Projects to Improve Britain’s Energy Networks"

Ofgem has confirmed funding of £46.4 million for eight projects as part of its cutting-edge innovation competitions for the network companies that deliver energy to homes and businesses.

Ofgem runs three innovation competitions to help Britain’s energy networks become smarter and more cost-efficient. The Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund, the Gas Network Innovation Competition (NIC) and Electricity NIC help the electricity and gas networks accelerate developing a low carbon energy sector and deliver other environmental benefits and cost savings to consumers.

Ten projects submitted bids and now eight of these will share £46.4 million. Two of the submitted projects failed to demonstrate good value for consumers and didn’t receive funding.

UK Smart Grid Article

OCT 20, 2014  "LCNI Conference 2014, Aberdeen"

Building on the success of the previous three LCN Fund Conferences, the 2014 Low Carbon Networks & Innovation Conference will showcase the innovative projects taking place across the UK’s electricity and gas networks. Hosted by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution and sponsored by KELVATEK, this must-attend conference and exhibition will provide an opportunity to explore the findings of the flagship Tier 2 LCN Fund projects.

AUG 21, 2014  "Ofgem Publish Six Monthly LCN Fund Tier 2 Progress Reports"

The bi-annual progress reports for LCN Funded Tier 2 Projects are now available on the Smarter Networks Portal.

MAY 14, 2014  "Ofgem Announces 2014 Innovation Competitions’ Shortlist"

Ofgem has shortlisted 11 projects which have passed the Initial Screening Process (ISP) for this year’s Innovation Competitions.

Ofgem Article

FEB 13, 2014  "Ofgem Publish Low Carbon Network Fund Six Monthly Progress Reports"

Ofgem publishes the six monthly project progress reports for LCN Funded projects.

Ofgem Reports

DEC 02, 2013  [Event] Customer-Led Network Revolution Network Trials Knowledge Sharing Event, Redworth Hall Darlington

The Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) project is assessing the potential for flexible customer response and trialling a range of innovative technologies on the Northern Powergrid electricity network.

Register Here

NOV 29, 2013  "Ofgem Announce 2013 LCN Funded Projects"

We have taken our decision on the 2013 Low Carbon Networks Fund Tier 2 competition on 29 November. You will find our decision document and the recommendations report of our independent expert panel below.

Ofgem Article

NOV 25, 2013  Announcement of Opportunity - Exploring the Operation of the GB Distribution Network in 2030

The DECC/Ofgem Smart Grid Forum is seeking input and bids for a project beginning in Spring 2014 that will help it answer practical questions about the transition of electricity distribution networks to a smart and low carbon grid. Organisations and individuals from across industry and research establishments are invited to participate in the finalisation of the project’s defined scope and subsequently form consortia to submit detailed proposals that will deliver the required outputs.

Introduction (PDF File (.pdf) - 94Kb)

Request for Information (PDF File (.pdf) - 702Kb)

NOV 12, 2013  [Event] The 2013 Low Carbon Networks Fund Conference, Brighton Metropole

Registration for the conference is now open and bookings can be made here. Registration closes on Friday 8 November.

Register Here

SEP 17, 2013  "Liberal Democrats Plug Smart Grids"

Stephen Gilbert, parliamentary private secretary to Ed Davey, sang the praises of smart grids at a fringe event run by the Energy Networks Association.

Utility Week Article

SEP 12, 2013  "DNO's Register three new LCNF Tier One Projects"

Electricity North West and Western Power Distribution have registered three new LCNF Tier 1 projects.

Energy Control for Household Optimisation (ECHO)

Fault Current Active Management (FCAM)

LV Protection And Communications (LV PAC)

SEP 09, 2013  "Eurelectric Launch Portal on Smart Grids"

A new online platform on smart grids for the first time brings together information on smart grids projects in the EU, providing interested stakeholders with the most comprehensive overview of the European smart grids development to date. The platform was developed by EURELECTRIC, based on the European Commission's Joint Research Centre inventory of smart grids projects.

The platform consists of two main parts: an interactive, fully searchable map of smart grid projects, as well as detailed project pages.

The map allows interested stakeholders to gain a quick overview of the smart grid development in Europe or take a closer look at individual countries. They can also search for projects in their region of interest. Individual project pages provide more information on each of the projects listed, including reports, videos and results. Project leaders will be invited to update this information as their project progresses.

Eurelectric Article

JUN 28, 2013  "The Low Carbon Networks Fund Conference to Send 1,000 Delegates to AECC"

The LCNF Conference is expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates and exhibitors. The Conference, launched in 2011, is run by the Energy Networks Association (ENA) on behalf of the energy industry as mandated by Ofgem.

Conference and Incentive Travel Article

JUN 25, 2013  "ENA Launch Smarter Networks Portal"

The Energy Networks Association is bringing together a repository of smart grid projects data in a website launched today.

Utility Week Article

JUN 24, 2013  "Is Europe Ready for Another Industrial Revolution?"

Europe could be on the cusp of a second industrial revolution in which advances in information and communications technologies (ICT) fuel a dramatic improvement in productivity. But the revolution may yet be stymied by inadequate education, privacy concerns and a lack of ambition.

Science Business Article

MAY 20, 2013  "Low Carbon Networks Fund Ofgem Update"

23 projects eligible to go through to final stage of Ofgem's industry leading innovation competitions.

Ofgem Press Release (PDF File (.pdf) - 154Kb)

MAY 09, 2013  "Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund 2013 Initial Screening Process (ISP) Update"

The Initial Screening Process deadline was on 19 April 2013. Ofgem received 8 submissions. Ofgem will screen these submissions against specific requirements and eligibility criteria and announce which submissions have passed ISP by 20 May.

Ofgem LCN Fund Tier 2 Projects

APR 12, 2013  "Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund Governance Document Version 6"

Updated version of the Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund Governance Document

LCN Fund Governance Document Version 6 (PDF File (.pdf) - 775Kb)

APR 08, 2013  "Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund Conference 2012 Presentations"

Presentation material from the 2012 LCN Fund Conference held in Cardiff.

LCN Fund Conference Day 1 & 2 Presentations

JAN 18, 2013  "Consumer Engagement is Main Issue for LCNF Projects, say DNOs"

The biggest hurdle facing projects funded by the low carbon networks fund (LCNF) is getting consumers onside, according to the Distribution Network Operators (DNOs).

The £500 million fund was set up in 2010 by Ofgem to stimulate innovation from the DNOs over how to manage their networks in the face of increasing demand.

Utility Week Article

NOV 23, 2012  "Ofgem Announces Winners of £45.5 Million Low Carbon Networks Funding"

Ofgem has today awarded £45.5 million to five projects designed to make the electricity distribution network smarter and support the transition towards a low carbon economy.

Utility Week Article

NOV 13, 2012  "DNOs Emphasise Focus on Customers"

Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) are starting to focus on their customers and not just engineering, as they seek to develop a smart grid.

Utility Week Article

NOV 07, 2012  "Smarter Networks Could Save Electricity Customers £11bn"

A new report has highlighted the potential for billions of pounds to be saved if ‘smart’ solutions are implemented on the UK electricity network. It reinforces the fact that a smarter network is critical to delivering a low carbon future affordably, securely and sustainably.

ENA Press Release

OCT 25, 2012  "First Minister Celebrates Energy Innovation as an Invaluable Opportunity"

Challenges to our energy future are well documented and one of the ongoing success stories to address this is the Low Carbon Networks Fund – the progress of which has been highlighted today by politicians, industry and the regulator as part of its Annual Conference run by Energy Networks Association (ENA) and co-hosted by Western Power Distribution.

ENA Press Release

OCT 24, 2012  "Innovation Fund Continues to Deliver the Future"

With the complex challenges facing our energy future in the UK, creativity and innovation are going to be an essential part of ensuring a sustainable, secure and affordable supply.

ENA Press Release

Funding Governance
    Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund Governance Document Version 6  Posted on Apr 12, 2013

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Funding Documents
    Low Carbon Networks Fund – Funding Direction 2015  Posted on Jan 13, 2016

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    Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund ENA Update  Posted on Jan 21, 2013

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LCN Fund Conference (2013) Breakout Session 1
    Breakout Session 1.1 - Energy Storage (Full)  Posted on Dec 03, 2013

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    Breakout Session 1.2.1 - Network Monitoring Solutions  Posted on Dec 02, 2013

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    Breakout Session 1.2.2 - Network Monitoring Solutions  Posted on Dec 01, 2013

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    Breakout Session 1.2.3 - Network Monitoring Solutions  Posted on Nov 30, 2013

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    Breakout Session 1.3.1 - HV Technologies  Posted on Nov 29, 2013

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    Breakout Session 1.3.2 - HV Technologies  Posted on Nov 28, 2013

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    Breakout Session 1.3.2b - HV Technologies  Posted on Nov 27, 2013

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    Breakout Session 1.3.3 - HV Technologies  Posted on Nov 26, 2013

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    Breakout Session 1.4.1 - Customer Behaviours  Posted on Nov 25, 2013

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    Breakout Session 1.4.2 - Customer Behaviours  Posted on Nov 24, 2013

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    Breakout Session 1.4.3 - Customer Behaviours  Posted on Nov 23, 2013

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LCN Fund Conference (2013) Breakout Session 2
    Breakout Session 2.1.1 - Demand Side Response  Posted on Dec 03, 2013

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    Breakout Session 2.1.2 - Demand Side Response  Posted on Dec 02, 2013

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    Breakout Session 2.1.3 - Demand Side Response  Posted on Dec 01, 2013

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    Breakout Session 2.2.1 - LV Network Management  Posted on Nov 30, 2013

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    Breakout Session 2.2.2 - LV Network Management  Posted on Nov 29, 2013

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    Breakout Session 2.2.3 - LV Network Management  Posted on Nov 28, 2013

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    Breakout Session 2.3.1 - Systems and Security  Posted on Nov 27, 2013

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    Breakout Session 2.3.2 - Systems and Security  Posted on Nov 26, 2013

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    Breakout Session 2.3.2b - Systems and Security  Posted on Nov 25, 2013

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    Breakout Session 2.3.3 - Systems and Security  Posted on Nov 24, 2013

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    Breakout Session 2.4.1 - Commercial Mechanisms  Posted on Nov 23, 2013

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    Breakout Session 2.4.2 - Commercial Mechanisms  Posted on Nov 22, 2013

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    Breakout Session 2.4.3 - Commercial Mechanisms  Posted on Nov 21, 2013

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LCN Fund Conference (2013) Breakout Session 3
    Breakout Session 3.1.1 - Active Network Management  Posted on Dec 03, 2013

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    Breakout Session 3.1.2 - Active Network Management  Posted on Dec 02, 2013

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    Breakout Session 3.1.3 - Active Network Management  Posted on Dec 01, 2013

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    Breakout Session 3.2.1 - Network Monitoring Data  Posted on Nov 30, 2013

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    Breakout Session 3.2.2 - Network Monitoring Data  Posted on Nov 29, 2013

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    Breakout Session 3.2.3 - Network Monitoring Data  Posted on Nov 28, 2013

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    Breakout Session 3.3.1 - Stakeholder Engagement  Posted on Nov 27, 2013

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    Breakout Session 3.3.2 - Stakeholder Engagement  Posted on Nov 26, 2013

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    Breakout Session 3.3.3 - Stakeholder Engagement  Posted on Nov 25, 2013

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    Breakout Session 3.4.1 - Integration of Distributed Generation  Posted on Nov 24, 2013

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    Breakout Session 3.4.2 - Integration of Distributed Generation  Posted on Nov 23, 2013

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    Breakout Session 3.4.3 - Integration of Distributed Generation  Posted on Nov 22, 2013

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LCN Fund Conference (2012) Presentations Day 1
    ENWL Capacity to Customers Part 1  Posted on Apr 10, 2013

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    ENWL Capacity to Customers Part 2  Posted on Apr 09, 2013

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    NPG Customer Led Network Revolution  Posted on Apr 07, 2013

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    SSEPD Thames Valley Vision  Posted on Apr 06, 2013

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    SSEPD NINES Project Learning to Date  Posted on Apr 06, 2013

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    SPEN Flexible Networks for a Low Carbon Future  Posted on Apr 05, 2013

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    UKPN Flexible Plug and Play  Posted on Apr 04, 2013

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    UKPN Low Carbon London Smart Power for a Smart Future  Posted on Apr 04, 2013

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    WPD Falcon  Posted on Apr 03, 2013

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    WPD SoLa Bristol  Posted on Apr 03, 2013

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    WPD LV Network Templates for a Low Carbon Future  Posted on Apr 03, 2013

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    WPD Lincolnshire Low Carbon Hub  Posted on Apr 03, 2013

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LCN Fund Conference (2012) Presentations Day 2
    ENWL Voltage Management of Low Voltage (LV) Busbars  Posted on Apr 09, 2013

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    ENWL Bidoyng Smart Fuse by Kelvatek  Posted on Apr 09, 2013

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    ENWL Bidoyng Smart Fuse  Posted on Apr 09, 2013

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    ENWL Low Voltage Network Solutions  Posted on Apr 09, 2013

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    HUBNET Academic Leadership and Research in Energy Networks  Posted on Apr 08, 2013

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    NPG 33kV Superconducting Fault Current Limiter  Posted on Apr 07, 2013

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    Ofgem Capturing the Value of Innovation Day 2 Opening Presentation  Posted on Apr 07, 2013

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    SSEPD Orkney Energy Storage Park  Posted on Apr 06, 2013

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    SSEPD LV Monitoring Demonstrating the Possibilities  Posted on Apr 06, 2013

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    SSEPD Network Connected Batteries  Posted on Apr 06, 2013

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    SSEPD Energy Storage and Demand Side Management  Posted on Apr 06, 2013

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    SSEPD LV Network Modelling  Posted on Apr 06, 2013

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    SSEPD Working Together with Communities  Posted on Apr 06, 2013

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    SPEN Fault Level Monitor  Posted on Apr 05, 2013

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    SPEN Dynamic Thermal Rating  Posted on Apr 05, 2013

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    SPEN Ashton Hayes Smart Village  Posted on Apr 05, 2013

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    UKPN Smart Urban Low Voltage Network  Posted on Apr 04, 2013

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    UKPN Demonstrating the Benefits of Energy Storage on an 11kV Distribution Network  Posted on Apr 04, 2013

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    UKPN Distribution Network Visibility  Posted on Apr 04, 2013

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    WPD Active Fault Level Management  Posted on Apr 03, 2013

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    WPD Network Management on the Isles of Scilly  Posted on Apr 03, 2013

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    WPD Voltage Demonstration  Posted on Apr 03, 2013

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    WPD PV Impacts on Suburban Networks  Posted on Apr 03, 2013

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    WPD Smart Hooky Presentation  Posted on Apr 03, 2013

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