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Case Study: Network Transformation Roadmap - with Energy Networks Australia (ENA)

  • 11 November 2021

  • EA Technology

Network Transformation

Client: Energy Networks Australia (ENA)

The Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap is a collaborative project between ENA and Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO. It sets out the actions necessary to prepare the grid such that it is fit for purpose in ten years’ time, countering future challenges such as:

  • Increased distributed energy resources (DER)
  • Greater levels of renewable generation
  • Bidirectional power flow

As part of this, EA Technology was commissioned to develop the future operating platform for the grid under four future scenarios.

Our Approach

We recommended an SGAM approach to Energy Networks Australia such that the key actions and relationships could be visualised at all levels, from component through to business layers. This approach was welcomed and hence we created a high-level SGAM for each of the future world scenarios.

For each scenario, we considered:

  • The key actors
  • How they would interact with each other
  • The extent to which the role of such actors will change from today
  • The prevalence of roles and interactions across all 4 scenarios

Through these considerations, it was possible to establish a least regrets pathway for the next ten years.


‟The development of the Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap required the engagement of several experts from around the world. Being able to call upon EA Technology’s vast experience of network innovation and their leading-edge thinking concerning the transition from ‘network operation’ to ‘system operation’ was hugely valuable and contributed to a successful outcome in defining the Roadmap.”

Stuart Johnston

Executive Director of Assets and Network Transformation, Energy Networks Australia