News & Events

1,000 VEHICLE-TO-GRID CHARGERS TO PUT UK AT FOREFRONT OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE REVOLUTION
29 Jan 2018
​​​​​​​We're part of a team of experts from the motoring and energy sectors and academia that have come together to play a leading role in the world’s first, large-scale trial of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology.
£4M 'ADVANCED WARNING' INNOVATION TO BENEFIT CUSTOMERS BY REDUCING DISRUPTION ON NORTHERN...
07 Dec 2017
The £4m Foresight project, which is developing game-changing fault detection technology, will reach its first-year milestone this Christmas and is progressing well.
NORTHERN POWERGRID TO PUT CUSTOMERS AT HEART OF SMART GRID
28 Nov 2017
Northern Powergrid has announced plans to put its eight million customers at the heart of the smart grid, creating a new energy market where they can make money from solar panels, electric vehicles and home batteries.
FUTURE ENERGY EVENTS AT NORTHERN POWERGRID
30 Oct 2017
November is a particularly busy and exciting month for us in terms of sharing our innovations plans and listening to your suggestions and opinions.
NORTHERN POWERGRID PART OF PIONEERING CROSS UTILITY RESEARCH TO ASSESS TRUE IMPACT OF...
18 Oct 2017
Northern Powergrid, fellow utility companies across the North East and Yorkshire and the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) are working together to better understand the impact of utility maintenance, replacement and repair activities on local...
COMMUNITY GROUPS: COME AND LEARN ABOUT OUR INNOVATION!
16 Oct 2017
The event on 7th November 2017 will focus on getting you up to speed and actively engaged in energy network innovation.
NORTHERN POWERGRID BATTERY PIONEERS SMART ENERGY FUTURE
04 Oct 2017
Northern Powergrid, the electricity distributor for the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is pioneering a smart energy future by using a £4 million battery to sell services to support the National Grid.
NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY, NORTHERN POWERGRID AND SIEMENS TO COLLABORATE ON PIONEERING BATTERY...
03 Oct 2017
Newcastle University, in collaboration with Northern Powergrid and Siemens, is one of the founding institutions, chosen for its world-leading battery research which will help to build the UK’s status as a global leader in battery research and...
NORTHERN POWERGRID PART OF INDUSTRY-LEADING COLLABORATION TO EXPLORE FUTURE ENERGY...
21 Sep 2017
Northern Powergrid has supported Northern Gas Networks' (NGN) launch on 11 September of InTEGReL (Integrated Transport Electricity Gas Research Laboratory).
Moving from a Distribution Network Operator to a Distributed System Operator
14 Sep 2017
In September 2017 we held a webinar to share our vision and plans for the transition to DSO.
REPORTING BACK FROM OUR LOCAL SUPPLY EVENT
13 Sep 2017
We held an event, to explore the topic of Local Supply of electricity (i.e. local customers purchasing from local electricity generation). We share here speaker’s presentations, a video and a written report of the day.
EVENTS ON THE TRANSITION FROM DNO to DSO
22 Aug 2017
As the UK’s energy industry goes through its greatest period of change for decades and moves to create a smarter, flexible energy system, the region’s electricity distributor Northern Powergrid is reaching out and engaging stakeholders on their...

Areas of strategic interest

Five areas of strategic interest guide our modernisation investment for the long-term. They are:

How we fund innovation

We are involved in innovation in various ways: either by leading projects, or by partnering on projects. Projects are funded through different sources. We have access to the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) through the regulator Ofgem, which is worth up to £29m over eight years, and we can also benefit from specialist funding sources (e.g. Innovate UK) through  partnering with universities or other industrial partners.

Get in Touch



Ian Miller Head of Innovation

We do not see innovation as limited to a department or as a sideline of our business at Northern Powergrid. It is a capability, a culture. The team I lead, creates a common vision across the business of the future network and the services it will provide, sets the yearly priorities and helps develop innovation projects to something usable we can deploy.

"If you’d like to share an idea that aligns with these priorities or a question to ask, get in touch via yourpowergrid@northernpowergrid.com .

"If you are new to energy networks innovation and want more information, this industry guide may help.” 

Documents & Resources

Download documents
Innovation strategy
Our Innovation Strategy offers an overview of the challenges that we face as an energy network, and how we plan to address them through innovation.
Engaging Community in Network Innovation
A guide for communities and local energy stakeholders who are interested in electricity network innovation.
Environment and Innovation report
Our Environment and Innovation report provide an account of what we are doing to address environmental matters including our role in the transition to a low carbon future.
Northern Powergrid 2016-17 Annual Innovation Report
Northern Powergrid 2016-17 Annual Innovation Report
Data Dissemination Policy
Our Data Dissemination Policy describes our approach to make available raw trial data generated by innovation projects that have been funded by the NIA, NIC or other regulatory innovation stimulus funding.
Report on the Impact of Voltage and the Harmonic Variations on domestic losses
Optimal energy efficiency is a fundamental feature of any power system, as it has a direct effect on other major parameters such as cost and environmental impact.
Resources
Energy Innovation Centre
The Energy Innovation Centre is our standard route for interaction with innovative SMEs is through the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC), a brokerage system entirely led by industry
Energy Network Association’s smarter networks portal
The Energy Network Association’s smarter networks portal is a library of information for all innovation projects run by energy networks and funded by the regulated allowances.
Ofgem
Our regulator offers its own information on network innovation, as well as a ‘one stop shop’ for businesses looking to introduce innovative propositions to the energy sector (‘The Innovation Link’).
Innovation plans of other electricity network operators
The innovation plans of other electricity network operators are also available publically. Together with ours, they form a pool of knowledge that benefit the UK customer.
Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR)
As one of the most significant smart grid projects ever undertaken in the UK, CLNR generated important new learning on technology deployment and customers’ energy practices. Read more about the project, which Northern Powergrid led.
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