The Gas Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) is a dual-purpose set allowance that each UK gas distribution network (GDN) receives. The first purpose is to fund smaller technical, commercial, or operational projects directly related to the licensee's network, that have potential to deliver financial benefits to the licensee and its customers. The second is to fund preparation of submissions to the Network Innovation Competition (NIC).
Over the course of the year 2014/15, our NIA portfolio has included 48 projects which are funded using the NIA mechanism. These projects are wide-ranging and link across a number of our key business departments. Around a third of these are collaborative partnerships with other network licensees, both gas and electricity.
We continually seek to collaborate and share knowledge and learning with the wider utilities industry to help us achieve our common goals. This year we were proud to become the first GDN to complete and implement an NIA project, Osprey Pressure Validator, from which the learning was shared and the technology adopted by the other GDNs.
SGN NIA Annual Summary 2016/17
Detailed information about all of our NIA projects can be found on the ENA Smarter Networks portal.
Learn more about our NIA projects: