Budget 2017: New study to assess freight congestion and pollution

Chancellor Philip Hammond has asked the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to study the future of freight and its effect on congestion and pollution. The announcement was made alongside the Budget this week, which included £540 million for EVs and charging infrastructure, a tax hike for diesel cars which will finance a new £220 million Clean […]

Smart energy could save UK consumers £8bn a year

Consumers could see savings worth up to £8 billion a year by 2030 by using electricity in a “smart” way. In a new report, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) suggests a smart power revolution could be delivered around three innovations – interconnection, storage and demand flexibility. It believes they could also help the UK meet […]

Ofgem awards £46.4m for smarter energy networks

Eight projects that are expected to make the energy networks in Britain smarter and more cost efficient have been chosen by Ofgem. They were picked out of 10 entries and will share a £46.4 million fund as part of the regulator’s Network Innovation Competitions (NIC). The winning projects include developing a robotic device to inspect […]

Ofgem picks 23 projects for innovation competition finals

Ofgem has awarded 23 projects a place in the final stages of its three innovation competitions for regulated network companies. The network innovation competitions (NICs) is in its first year and makes up to £27 million per year available for onshore and offshore power transmission companies, with a separate £18 million for gas distribution. The […]