News & Events

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).
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...
NORTHERN POWERGRID AND NISSAN SIGN INDUSTRY-LEADING PARTNERSHIP
24 May 2017
Northern Powergrid and leading electric vehicle manufacturer Nissan have signed an industry-leading partnership.
CONNECTING INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES WORKSHOP DELIVERS INSIGHT
21 Mar 2017
Northern Powergrid has showcased its work to connect innovative technologies and listened to key players in the generation sector to better understand what can be done to help them get connected to the region’s power network.
NORTHERN POWERGRID COLLABORATES ON SELF-HEALING CABLE REPAIR NIA PROJECT
07 Mar 2017
Northern Powergrid and UK Power Networks are collaborating on a ground-breaking, environmentally friendlier new technology which could result in millions of pounds of savings each year.
HOME BATTERY TRIAL AIMS TO INCREASE ELECTRICITY NETWORK CAPACITY TO ENABLE MORE SOLAR...
19 Jan 2017
Northern Powergrid, Moixa and Energise Barnsley have teamed up in a ground-breaking trial
NORTHERN POWERGRID OUTLINES VIEWS ON SMART, FLEXIBLE ENERGY SYSTEM
12 Jan 2017
Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for the network that keeps the lights on for 8 million customers across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, has outlined its views on achieving smart, flexible energy systems which meet...

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.
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
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
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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