Innovation projects

We have a portfolio of active innovation projects funded by both the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) and Network Innovation Competition (NIC). Plus, we’re aiming to undertake large, collaborative, whole system projects using Ofgem’s new Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) soon.


NIA annual summary 2020-21

Our latest report provides a progress update on all the innovation projects completed or underway in the last 12 months.

View the NIA Annual Summary

Network Innovation Competition (NIC) projects

We are leading on, or are partners in, large-scale NIC projects, which you can learn more about on their individual project pages.


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.


Power Potential

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


ENA Smarter Networks Portal

We are a member of the Energy Networks Association (ENA). The Smarter Networks Portal is where you can find the latest information, events and outcomes from all NIA and NIC funded projects undertaken by the ESO and other members of the ENA.

Visit the portal