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We have a portfolio of active innovation projects funded by both the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) and Network Innovation Competition (NIC).

Network Innovation Allowance (NIA)

We have released our latest NIA Annual Summary following collaboration with 34 partners on innovation projects last year (2018/19).

The report offers a progress update on all the innovation projects completed or being undertaken by the ESO over the last 12 months.

Download NIA Annual Summary 2018/19

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NIA projects

The Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) provides an annual allowance to fund innovation projects that create value for our customers. You can find out more about these projects on the NIA projects page.

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Network Innovation Competition (NIC)

We are leading on two NIC projects, which you can learn more about on the individual project pages.

National Grid ESO Lighthouse - Distributed Restart Project

Distributed Restart Project

Distributed ReStart explores how Distributed Energy Resources (DER) in Great Britain can be used to restore power in the highly unlikely event of a total or partial blackout of the National Electricity Transmission System.

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Power Potential

This initiative aims to create a new reactive power market for distributed energy resources (DER) and generate additional capacity on the network.

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The Enhanced Frequency Control Capability (EFCC) Project

Facing the challenge of maintaining the 50 Hz frequency stability on the transmission system as new generation technologies come online, such as solar and wind.

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