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WPD's NIA Call 2018


Less than 2 weeks to go until the NIA call closes...

Building on the success of our previous Network Innovation Competition (NIC) third party project calls we would now welcome third party projects to be funded through the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) mechanism. 

In order for a project to qualify for NIA funding it must be suitably innovative that WPD or another DNO would not perform it in its normal course of business due to the commercial, technical, operational or regulatory risks associated with the activity.

We have recently published the first Distribution System Operability Framework (DSOF), an assessment of technical issues facing Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) as they become Distribution System Operators (DSOs). We were actively looking for future technical and commercial issues which could impair our ability to operate and maintain our networks efficiently whilst developing capacity for new connections (

The DSOF highlights three core areas which we have previously identified in our business plan, Assets, Network Operations and Customers and are now looking for a range of projects from feasibility studies, first of a kind trials through to system approach solutions ranging from £100k to £2.5M. 

Please complete this form,  by the 28th February 2018 at 12pm to have your project proposal considered.
For any queries, please contact us at or on (01332) 827446.

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