Competition targeting local network innovation opens

Up to £70mn investment has been made available for energy innovations in the Network Innovation Competition, overseen by Ofgem.

On 17 September, the Energy Networks Association (ENA) launched a Call for Ideas for the annual competition. Focussing on Britain’s local electricity networks, it is looking to support a range of large-scale innovation projects in communities across the country. Network companies and partners will now compete for funding for the development and demonstration of new technologies that help to run energy network infrastructure in a smarter, cleaner, and more flexible way.

Proposals will have to fit with the priority areas set out in the Electricity Network Innovation Strategy, which focus on enabling an accelerated pathway to net zero emissions along with developing new ways of addressing customer vulnerability. Last year’s successful projects include the DC Share project being run by Western Power Distribution, which is looking at a new way of delivering rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs, and Resilience as a Service (RAAS) from SSEN, which is aiming to deliver a project supporting low carbon solutions for maintaining network resilience.

The call for ideas will close at 5PM on 30 October.