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Network modelling

Network Innovation

The electricity distribution network is becoming more complex as customers adopt new technologies and networks utilise novel approaches to manage the conditions that arise.

Our position at the forefront of network innovation means that we are uniquely placed to offer services to network operators, regulators and technology providers in:

  • defining business strategy and establishing the benefits of adopting novel approaches
  • carrying out managed trials and pilot projects on the distribution network
  • taking the outcomes form innovative projects and developing them into business-as-usual practices ready for instant adoption to deliver value

At EA Technology, we know that innovation is not just about trialing new approaches on the networks, but is a much wider issue.

We classify this as Define – Deploy – Embed.


Using world-leading techno-economic modelling we can construct business cases and assess the likely benefits of innovative approaches.

We also construct innovation strategies and roadmaps that demonstrate the way in which value can be developed through a coordinated approach to the trialing and adoption of new practices.

Furthermore, we are at the forefront of the transition to Distribution System Operator (DSO), advising global clients on how they can adapt their business to create opportunities for new revenue streams while improving the experience of customers and other stakeholders.


We are the only third party organization to have led the end to end management and delivery of innovation projects under GB’s regulatory model (My Electric Avenue and OpenLV) on behalf of a network operator.

Our unique insight into the successful design, operation and management of large scale trials of innovative approaches, with a keen on emphasis on delivering value for both networks and customers makes us uniquely well-positioned to provide these services.


The innovation journey does not end at the completion of a trial.

For a project to truly be successful, the outcomes must be integrated into business-as-usual and be adopted throughout the organization.

Innovation cannot exist in isolation, it requires all aspects of the business to buy into new approaches and ways of working through policy development and training.

Our expertise in creating policies and rolling out training to staff who have not been directly involved in the innovation process, in projects such as Customer-Led Network Revolution and New Thames Valley Vision demonstrates our ability to prove the enduring value of innovation.

William G. Higinbotham