Low Carbon Networks Fund
Ofgem announced the Low Carbon Networks Fund in August 2009 to help drive innovation and new technology to deliver the networks of the future. It is one of the most significant and important investments in network innovation in Europe.
It will provide up to £500 million over five years, encouraging and enabling the transition to a low carbon energy sector. £64 million funding is available each year in the competitive element of the fund and a further £80 million is available over the five years to help fund smaller scale projects. A further £100 million is available over the five years as a discretionary award to reward projects which bring particular value in helping the networks adapt to climate change while providing security of supply and value for money to consumers.
LCN Fund projects are broken down into Tier 1, covering smaller scale projects that deliver initial learning to benefit the operation of the grid, and Tier 2 which is for larger scale projects in specific areas. The Tier 2 projects are decided on through an Ofgem bidding process each year for a share of the £64m.
Low Carbon Networks Fund Industry Collaboration Platform
The purpose of this web portal is to provide a common point of reference for use:
- By DNOs to post expressions of interest in relation to particular topics, inviting providers to make contact with them
- To provide the facility for providers to enter their names and contact details
- By Providers to post brief information of specific product / service areas they wish to offer and which meet LCN Fund eligibility criteria
- To automatically e-mail alert nominated contacts within DNOs to the inclusion of new entries by Providers
- To automatically e-mail a nominated contact in Providers organisation with the detail of any new DNO expression of interest
Click here for Low Carbon Networks Fund Industry Collaboration Platform.
LCNF Annual Conference
ENA has been tasked by Ofgem to organise an annual conference to promote the work of the LCNF projects and to provide an opportunity to update on progress and learning from them. This is the only distribution network engineering conference so the opportunities to discuss and debate developments are unparalleled. ENA has made an ongoing commitment to this conference as it is hugely important for the industry as a whole.
Click here for information and presentations on the 2011 LCNF Annual Conference, which took place on the 20–21 July 2011 in Gateshead, Newcastle and was hosted by CE Electric (now Northern Powergrid).
Click here for information and presentations from the 2012 LCNF Annual Conference, which took place on the 25–26 October at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. It was co-hosted by Western Power Distribution.
Click here for information and presentations from the 2013 LCNF Annual Conference, which took place on the 13-14th November at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton. It was co-hosted by UK Power Networks.