Network Adoption

Network Adoption

Our network ownership businesses work alongside ICPs and UIPs, housebuilders, commercial developers and private households to drive innovation in local utility adoption. We do this through our status as an Ofgem accredited Independent Distribution Network Operator and Independent Gas Transporter – an innovation in market deregulation that has transformed the competitive landscape for the better.

What we do

Independent networks play a significant and essential role in connecting, owning and maintaining the UK’s utility infrastructure.

In fact, IDNOS and IGTs connect around 80% of new homes to the gas grid and 71% to the electricity network.

This central role in delivering energy to Britain’s homes and businesses means that companies such as Energy Assets Networks will play a significant role in helping the UK’s to achieve Net Zero by 2050.

At EAN, this innovation mindset is reflected in the networks we adopt and manage. We take care of local network operations to ensure that utilities are delivered safely and reliably to end users. We are also shaping the future through the application of artificial intelligence to ensure a balance between supply and demand as electrification grows.

How we work

The UK electricity and gas markets are regulated by Ofgem and are split into several phases: Generation/ Production, Transmission, Distribution and Supply. The Distribution system connects the transmission system to the consumers within a region. IDNO electricity networks and IGT gas networks are embedded within distribution systems. They own and maintain the ‘final mile’ of cable or pipelines within a new development.

Typically, all new property developments will require a new electricity or gas distribution network and these networks are installed by a qualified Independent Connection Providers (electricity) and Utility Infrastructure Provider (gas), accredited by Lloyds Register.

As both an IDNO and IGT, we are responsible for the operation, maintenance, control, security and integrity of final mile networks. Consumers connected to one of our networks can still select a gas or electricity supplier of their choice.

How we add value

We can improve the commercial viability of new utility infrastructure through competitive asset valuations that can offset part of the cost of construction. EAN can provide finance based on the lifetime value of the network assets, supporting the development of vital infrastructure.

At EAN, we also provide technical support, legal expertise and administrative back up to speed up project completion and asset realisation on behalf of our customers.

This includes offering clients our unique Milestone: Legal Progress Tracker service, an industry-first state-of-the-art platform pioneering project administration and customer communication. It is the first online direct access portal of its kind in the connections industry, enabling customers to see the status of their projects, at a glance, at any time. Visit the Milestone: Legal Progress Tracker page.

Project DINO

We are involved in a pilot project that aims to show how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to prevent local power network overload. This is critical given the projected rapid rise in demand for electricity.

Project DINO (Domestic Infrastructure and Network Optimisation) is a partnership between Evergreen Smart Power, Energy Assets Networks and Myenergi. It aims to demonstrate in a newbuild residential setting how AI can safeguard network integrity through two-way communication with household appliances. It is the first project of its type in the UK.

“There is growing realisation that local power networks may not be able to cope with the huge increase in demand for electricity as we transition to electric vehicles, battery storage/charging and air source heat pumps alongside traditional household appliances,” says Jayson Whitaker, Managing Director of Energy Assets Networks.

“The DINO project aims to demonstrate how a network-to-device AI interface can manage loads dynamically by enabling appliances to automatically dial down consumption at peak times to relieve network stress and safeguard power to homes. Without such a solution, the country would need to invest in a hugely costly network reinforcement programme to increase capacity.”

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