In 2010 SSE submitted the NINES proposal to Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund in order to address the network challenges on Shetland. Ofgem recognised the project to be of extreme importance to the Shetland Islands and proposed an alternative funding mechanism due to ‘reservations about its applicability to mainland UK distribution networks in the near term’. NINES project is thus funded via special electricity distribution licence conditions.

Documents below provide the background to the NINES project funding bid and Ofgem’s funding decision: