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Innovation Funding Incentive (IFI)

Ofgem's Innovation Funding Incentive (IFI) scheme encourages network operators like Electricity North West to invest in improving network operation and maintenance. Since it was established in 2005, we have fully engaged with the IFI and continue to develop and test new technologies through research, development and demonstration projects.

Our research aims to:

  • make asset management better
  • improve our ability to restore supplies to customers after faults
  • develop new ‘smart grid’ technologies to support the move to a low carbon network.
IFI has enabled us to invest time developing our relationships with local universities at Liverpool and Manchester. Find out how we've collaborated with the University of Manchester's Knowledge Exchange Fellow.

We also support a number of national research and development initiatives at the Energy Networks Association in collaboration with other industry partners.

Annual reports

You can see our IFI annual reports here:



The following documents were prepared by United Utilities, prior to Electricity North West taking over the network, but retained here for information:


If you require any more information on a specific research project, please email us at futurenet[email protected]