The Network Innovation Competition (NIC) is an annual competition to fund flagship innovative projects which could deliver carbon or environmental benefits for gas customers, and that would not otherwise be funded without this additional funding.
Network Licensees are expected to collaborate on Projects with each other and with Non-Network Licensees, including Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), Electricity Transmission Licensees and other interested third parties.
A maximum of two project submissions can be made by each Network Licensee to compete to obtain funding from the NIC; up to a maximum of £18m for Gas transmission and distribution, and £27m for electricity transmission.
Ofgem announced their decision for the 2015 Network Innovation Competition on 30 November. National Grid has been awarded funding for three projects within the Gas Transmission, Electricity Transmission and Gas Distribution Networks. Visit the Ofgem website for more information.
The Network Innovation Competition (NIC) is an important opportunity to work collaboratively. We invite our customers, suppliers and other energy networks to participate in the ideation process.
Ofgem has supported National Grid Electricity Transmission's 2014 NIC project submission for Enhanced Frequency Control Capability.
A summary of eligibility criteria and key timescales, in accordance with to the NIC goverance document.
Ofgem has supported National Grid Gas Transmission's 2014 NIC submission for project GRAID - Gas Robotic Agile Inspection Device.
In 2013 National Grid Gas Distribution's NIC project submission to demonstrate a bio-substitute natural gas (BioSNG) plant was supported by Ofgem.
New and Innovative IdeasWe would be delighted to hear from you with regard to other relevant innovation project ideas for both the NIA and the NIC, on an ongoing basis. Contact us.
Becoming a National Grid Innovation PartnerAn NIA and NIC Position Paper, outlining the contractual requirements for projects funded by NIA & NIC has been made available on our website for your reference.
Ofgem To find out more about the Network Innovation Competition (NIC) from a regulatory perspective please view the gas and electricity NIC governance documents on Ofgem's website.