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Reference:
Unavailable
Network Operator:
Ofgem
Contact:
Starts - Ends:
2013 - 2023
Estimated Expenditure:
Funding Mechanism:
Network Innovation Allowance
Research Area:
Various
Core Technology(ies):
Carbon Emission Reduction Technologies
Project Documents:
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Introduction:
As part of the RIIO: ED1, T1 and GD1 price controls Ofgem have introduced the Network Innovation Competitions (NICs) and the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA).

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.

Each licensee group can submit up to five projects to ISP. Submissions will be screened against specific requirements and eligibility criteria. Following ISP, licensees will be able to merge similar projects but will not be allowed to substantially alter the high level solutions or the method they wish to use. Further information can be found in the Governance Documents for the Electricity NIC and the Gas NIC.

As the LCN Fund and NIC competitions will run in parallel this year, please note that the LCN Fund’s ISP deadline has also been announced. Further information can be found on the LCN Fund section of this site.

Objectives:
The NIA & NIC aim to provide a financial catalyst for innovation on GB electricity and gas distribution and transmission networks as GB move towards a low carbon economy.
Expected Benefits:
JAN 15, 2015  "ENA Smarter Networks Film Series Live on YouTube"

The Smarter Networks Film series is now ready for viewing on ENA’s YouTube channel.

The Smarter Networks film series conveys the value and breadth of innovation currently being undertaken under the Low Carbon Networks Fund, Network Innovation Allowance and Network Innovation Competition. The series captures the diversity of network innovation and those who are dedicated to making these projects possible.

ENA Smarter Networks Film Series

NOV 12, 2014  "LCNI Conference 2014 Presentations Published on Smarter Networks Portal"

The presentations from the 2014 LCNI Conference in Aberdeen are now available form the links below.

Electricity Distribution Presentations

Electricity Transmission and Gas Presentations

NOV 29, 2013  "Ofgem’s Electricity Network Innovation Competition - Decision on First Year Competition"

Ofgem run an annual Electricity Network Innovation Competition (NIC) to help stimulate innovation in electricity transmission. Through the NIC, Network Licensees can apply for up to £27m to fund innovative projects that could deliver benefits to customers. This document explains which projects have been selected for funding this year.

Press Release

JUL 02, 2013  "Smart Grids can save Consumers Billions"

Smart grids have the potential to save energy consumers billions of pounds, according to Consumer Futures.

Utility Week Article

MAY 22, 2013  "UK Power Networks Plan for £135 Million Smart Grid Saving"

Smart grid technologies are expected to help UK Power Networks save £135 million on the cost of distributing electricity between 2015 and 2023.

Utility Week Article

MAY 20, 2013  "Network Innovation Competition 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  "Network Innovation Competition (NIC) 2013 Initial Screening Process (ISP) Update"

The Initial Screening Process (ISP) is the first stage of this years competitions and the deadline for submissions was Friday 19 April 2013. Ofgem received eight submissions for the Electricity Transmission NIC and seven submissions for the Gas NIC.

Ofgem NIC Projects

APR 05, 2013  "Ofgem's £30 Billion Price Controls Come into Effect"

Ofgem’s ground-breaking new price controls come into effect this week, marking the start of around £30 billion investment in Britain’s energy infrastructure.

Ofgem Press Release

MAR 26, 2013  "RIIO is Evolution not Revolution"

Ofgem's new regulatory framework for the UK's Gas Distribution Networks (GDNs) is an evolution of the previous policy, rather than a step-change in approach, according to credit rating agency Moody's.

Utility Week Article

Funding Governance
    Gas NIC Governance Document v2.1  Posted on Apr 07, 2015

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    Electricity NIC Governance Document v2.1  Posted on Apr 07, 2015

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    Electricity NIA Governance Document v2  Posted on Apr 06, 2015

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    Gas NIA Governance Document v2  Posted on Apr 05, 2015

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Funding Documents
    Gas Network Innovation Competition Funding Direction 2015  Posted on Jan 13, 2016

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    Electricity Network Innovation Competition Funding Direction 2015  Posted on Jan 13, 2016

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Electricity Distribution Annual NIA Summaries
    UK Power Networks - Annual NIA Summary 2015/16  Posted on Aug 31, 2016

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    Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution - Annual NIA Summary 2015/16  Posted on Jul 29, 2016

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    Scottish Power Energy Networks Distribution - Annual NIA Summary 2015/16  Posted on Jul 29, 2016

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    Northern Powergrid - Annual NIA Summary 2015/16  Posted on Jul 29, 2016

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    Electricity North West - Annual NIA Summary 2015/16  Posted on Jul 27, 2016

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Electricity Transmission Annual NIA Summaries
    Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission - Annual NIA Summary 2015/16  Posted on Jul 29, 2016

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    National Grid Electricity Transmission - Annual NIA Summary 2015/16  Posted on Jul 29, 2016

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    Scottish Power Energy Networks Transmission - Annual NIA Summary 2015/16  Posted on Jul 28, 2016

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    Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission - Annual NIA Summary 2014/15  Posted on Aug 04, 2015

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    National Grid Electricity Transmission - Annual NIA Summary 2014/15  Posted on Jul 31, 2015

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    Scottish Power Energy Networks Transmission - Annual NIA Summary 2014/15  Posted on Jul 29, 2015

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    Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission - Annual NIA Summary 2013/14  Posted on Jul 31, 2014

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    National Grid Electricity Transmission - Annual NIA Summary 2013/14  Posted on Jul 30, 2014

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    Scottish Power Energy Networks Transmission - Annual NIA Summary 2013/14  Posted on Jul 23, 2014

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Gas Distribution Annual NIA Summaries
    Scotia Gas Networks - Annual NIA Summary 2015/16  Posted on Aug 03, 2016

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    Northern Gas Networks - Annual NIA Summary 2015/16  Posted on Jul 29, 2016

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    National Grid Gas Distribution - Annual NIA Summary 2015/16  Posted on Jul 29, 2016

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    Wales and West Utilities - Annual NIA Summary 2015/16  Posted on Jul 29, 2016

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    Northern Gas Networks - Annual NIA Summary 2014/15  Posted on Aug 19, 2015

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    National Grid Gas Distribution - Annual NIA Summary 2014/15  Posted on Jul 30, 2015

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    Scotia Gas Networks - Annual NIA Summary 2014/15  Posted on Jul 30, 2015

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    Wales and West Utilities - Annual NIA Summary 2014/15  Posted on Jul 29, 2015

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    Wales and West Utilities - Annual NIA Summary 2013/14  Posted on Oct 22, 2014

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    Northern Gas Networks - Annual NIA Summary 2013/14  Posted on Aug 04, 2014

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    Scotia Gas Networks - Annual NIA Summary 2013/14  Posted on Jul 30, 2014

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    National Grid Gas Distribution - Annual NIA Summary 2013/14  Posted on Jul 30, 2014

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Gas Transmission Annual NIA Summary
    National Grid Gas Transmission - Annual NIA Summary 2015/16  Posted on Jul 27, 2016

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    National Grid Gas Transmission - Annual NIA Summary 2014/15  Posted on Jul 31, 2015

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    National Grid Gas Transmission - Annual NIA Summary 2013/14  Posted on Jul 30, 2014

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Project Document(s)
    NIA Project Registration Form  Posted on Jun 06, 2013

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LCNI Conference (2014) Breakout Session 1.5
    Breakout Session 1.5.1 - Impact of HVDC  Posted on Nov 11, 2014

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    Breakout Session 1.5.2 - Impact of HVDC  Posted on Nov 11, 2014

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    Breakout Session 1.5.3 - Impact of HVDC  Posted on Nov 11, 2014

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LCNI Conference (2014) Breakout Session 1.6 - 1.7
    Breakout Session 1.6.1 - Renewable Gas Sources  Posted on Nov 11, 2014

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    Breakout Session 1.6.2 - Renewable Gas Sources  Posted on Nov 11, 2014

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    Breakout Session 1.6.3 - Renewable Gas Sources  Posted on Nov 11, 2014

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    Breakout Session 1.7.1 - Gas Asset Management  Posted on Nov 11, 2014

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    Breakout Session 1.7.2 - Gas Asset Management  Posted on Nov 11, 2014

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    Breakout Session 1.7.3 - Gas Asset Management  Posted on Nov 11, 2014

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LCNI Conference (2014) Breakout Session 2.5
    Breakout Session 2.5.1 - Reducing the Environmental Impact of Electricity Transmission  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 2.5.2 - Reducing the Environmental Impact of Electricity Transmission  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 2.5.3 - Reducing the Environmental Impact of Electricity Transmission  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 2.5.4 - Reducing the Environmental Impact of Electricity Transmission  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 2.5.5 - Reducing the Environmental Impact of Electricity Transmission  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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LCNI Conference (2014) Breakout Session 2.6 - 2.7
    Breakout Session 2.6.1 - Distribution Mains Replacement  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 2.6.2 - Distribution Mains Replacement  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 2.6.3 - Distribution Mains Replacement  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 2.7.1 - Rollout of Innovation  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 2.7.2 - Rollout of Innovation  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 2.7.3 - Rollout of Innovation  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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LCNI Conference (2014) Breakout Session 3.5
    Breakout Session 3.5.1 - Emerging Technologies  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 3.5.2 - Emerging Technologies  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 3.5.3 - Emerging Technologies  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 3.5.4 - Emerging Technologies  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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LCNI Conference (2014) Breakout Session 3.6 - 3.7
    Breakout Session 3.6.1 - Customer Impacts  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 3.6.2 - Customer Impacts  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 3.6.3 - Customer Impacts  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 3.7.1 - Emergency and Repair  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 3.7.2 - Emergency and Repair  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 3.7.3 - Emergency and Repair  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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    Breakout Session 3.7.4 - Emergency and Repair  Posted on Nov 12, 2014

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LCNI Conference (2014) Crossover Session 4.1 - 4.5
    Crossover Session 4.1.1 - Asset Management  Posted on Feb 19, 2015

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    Crossover Session 4.1.2 - Asset Management  Posted on Feb 19, 2015

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    Crossover Session 4.1.3 - Asset Management  Posted on Feb 19, 2015

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    Crossover Session 4.2.1 - Common IT Solutions  Posted on Feb 19, 2015

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    Crossover Session 4.2.2 - Common IT Solutions  Posted on Feb 19, 2015

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    Crossover Session 4.3.1 - Environment  Posted on Feb 19, 2015

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    Crossover Session 4.3.2 - Environment  Posted on Feb 19, 2015

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    Crossover Session 4.3.3 - Environment  Posted on Feb 19, 2015

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    Crossover Session 4.4.1 - Systems and Security  Posted on Feb 19, 2015

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    Crossover Session 4.4.2 - Systems and Security  Posted on Feb 19, 2015

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    Crossover Session 4.4.4 - Systems and Security  Posted on Feb 19, 2015

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    Crossover Session 4.5.1 - Maximising Asset Outputs  Posted on Feb 19, 2015

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    Crossover Session 4.5.2 - Maximising Asset Outputs  Posted on Feb 19, 2015

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    Crossover Session 4.5.3 - Maximising Asset Outputs  Posted on Feb 19, 2015

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    Crossover Session 4.5.4 - Maximising Asset Outputs  Posted on Feb 19, 2015

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    Crossover Session 4.5.5 - Maximising Asset Outputs  Posted on Feb 19, 2015

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