Our main sources of innovation funding are managed by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), the industry regulator. Ofgem has established a variety of funding mechanisms to develop future networks that support the delivery of Net Zero.
NIA Projects - In addition to the larger projects, National Grid is continuing to deliver a portfolio of smaller low carbon projects through the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA). The NIA was introduced by Ofgem for the RIIO-ED1 Distribution Price Control Review period which took effect on 1st April 2015 and will continue until 31st March 2023. To view a copy of our latest NIA Annual Report, click here.
NIC Projects - The Network Innovation Competition (NIC) is an annual opportunity for UK electricity network operators to compete for funding for the development and demonstration of new technologies, operating and commercial arrangements. The NIC is expected to focus on funding larger scale and greater value innovation projects. The NIC is closed to new proposals with the ending of the RIIO-ED1 price control in March 2023.
SIF Projects - The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) is designed to drive the innovation needed to transform gas and electricity networks for a low-carbon future. Delivered in partnership with Innovate UK, the SIF programme taps into the best of UK and international innovation whilst aligning with other public innovation funding for the benefit of network users and consumers. The SIF is part of the RIIO-ED2 Price control. Find out more here.
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