News & Events

SILENT POWER TRIAL COULD REVOLUTIONISE TEMPORARY POWER RESTORATION IN THE UK
11 Oct 2019
We've partnered with British energy storage SMEs Hyperdrive Innovation and Offgrid Energy to run a trial which could revolutionise temporary power restoration in the UK.
NORTHERN POWERGRID INVESTIGATES TRANSFORMER HEAT RECOVERY VIABILITY
22 Mar 2019
Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for keeping the lights on for 3.9 million homes and businesses across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, has teamed up with engineering and design consultancy Arup,  to help manage losses...
NORTHERN POWERGRID JOINS FORCES WITH NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY TO IMPROVE POWER NETWORK LOSSES
14 Mar 2019
We've joined forces with Newcastle University to enhance its understanding of electrical losses from the region's power network.
NORTHERN POWERGRID ENCOURAGES OTHER NETWORK OPERATORS TO BENEFIT AND EMPOWER CUSTOMERS...
08 Feb 2019
We're offering gas and electricity network operators across the UK, and beyond, the opportunity to learn from our game-changing ACE project with the public release of our final report and findings.
PAINTING A BETTER ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURE: NORTHERN POWERGRID IN UK FIRST TRIAL OF RAPID DRY...
24 Oct 2018
We're the UK’s first distribution network operator (DNO) to trial an innovative new eco-paint.
GROUND-BREAKING MOBILE APP SEES THOUSANDS OF DOMESTIC ENERGY CUSTOMERS ACTIVELY...
11 Jul 2018
We've released details of our unique ACE project which has found that mobile games could become an important tool for energy companies as they seek to manage power demand and keep costs down for customers.
INNOVATIVE WOODEN MATERIAL TO ‘CHANGE THE FACE OF CONSTRUCTION’ AND SAVE 90,000+ TREES A...
04 Jul 2018
We're championing a new sustainable ultra-strong wood pole manufacturing technique that reduces material use by up to 85%.
SELF-HEALING CABLES TO DRIVE £20M NETWORK SAVINGS
30 May 2018
Innovative self-healing fluid-filled power cables that can minimise environmental impact and increase efficiencies could save our network up to £20m over the next five years.
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.

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

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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 2018-19
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.
Network Innovation Allowance Annual Summary 2017-18
Network Innovation Allowance Annual Summary 2017-18
Network Innovation Allowance Annual Summary 2016-17
Network Innovation Allowance Annual Summary 2016-17
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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