Call for Papers


Abstract submission is now closed.


Friday 26 February 2016 Paper proposals due (including abstract, bio note and photo)
Wednesday 16 March 2016 Presenters notified of acceptance
Friday 6 May 2016 Full paper due


The 2016 Conference will be attended by over 1000 delegates and visitors and is the premier engineering/technical event for the New Zealand electricity supply industry.

EEA2016 : Shaping the Future addresses the challenges faced by the electricity supply industry, best practice today and tomorrow, changing customer demand, and the technologies and innovations that we can use to shape our industry.

The Conference programme will be a mix of international & national keynote speakers, technical papers, panel sessions, the trade exhibition and networking/social events involving delegates, visitors and trade exhibitor companies and their staff.


We welcome a broad range of papers from across engineering, technical, safety and strategic management issues in the electricity supply sector – generation, distribution and transmission networks, contracting, consulting, equipment suppliers, government and end use customers.

The writing and presentation of technical papers is an opportunity to profile and share information on sound engineering knowledge, practice, processes or technology; or an organisation’s or individual’s technical work.

It is also an opportunity for a company or individual to get recognition as an engineering leader, advisor, thinker and communicator playing a role in shaping New Zealand’s power engineering future.

For all our engineering/technical staff it is an important part of their professional development and training and provides the very best of opportunities to share our experience and innovative thinking among a community of enthusiastic and knowledgeable engineers working across all sectors of the industry.

At a strategic level, it provides an opportunity to give perspectives on energy challenges and issues; to profile and recognise engineering excellence; and to report on recent research, technological developments and industry projects.


The EEA has a strong commitment to the future development of our industry engineering students and to integrate student learning with the Conference experience, university and polytech students are encouraged to submit paper proposals. Student papers keep industry informed on current research projects and provide students with the opportunity to meet, network and foster relationships with engineers and employers in the electricity supply industry. There is also a chance to learn more about engineering and new technologies through the Trade Exhibition.


The Best Paper Awards are judged by your peers and are awarded to papers of outstanding quality. In 2015 there were over 90 papers judged, so for those receiving recognition as an EEA Conference Best Paper is a much coveted Award.

The Best Paper Awards categories include Best Paper (Member), Best Paper (Non Member), Best Paper (Student) and the IET Award for Best Paper Presentation. The Awards prizes vary – but include cash, complimentary memberships, plaques and travel.

PAPER TOPICS – EEA2016 : Shaping the Future

Paper proposals are invited from all sectors and companies in the industry.

It is an evolving landscape for the electricity sector with opportunities and challenges around engineering, technology development, asset management, safety performance, changing consumer behaviour, new business models, service delivery options and legislation.

We are looking for a broad range of papers around our 2016 Conference theme of ‘Shaping the Future’ and have suggested below a number of sub theme under which we would welcome paper synopses.

• Strategic Asset Management – Asset health, management of existing assets, condition monitoring, long term assets but future uncertainties, investment strategies, systems/technology options
• New Technologies – Generation and storage, grid intelligence and management, customer tech (renewables, EVs, load management, energy efficiency), metering, the internet of everything, future networks, big data, cyber security.
• Health and Safety – leadership, new legislation, building safety culture, consistency, low probability high consequence, standardization consistency of technology, competencies for safety and productivity.
• Sharing Best Practice – sharing and celebrating the best of what the ESI does across–engineering /operational/ technical solutions and case studies; standardization (processes, equipment, competency, training, sharing work systems and info).

The following are some paper “topic areas” for you to consider. (Note: Topics below are NOT in any priority order).

Intelligent Electricity Systems (Smart Grids)

• Technologies & Architecture
• Integrating and modelling Renewables – PV, Wind
• Storage technologies and impacts
• “Big” Data –evaluation / prioritization/security;
• Virtual Power Plants
• Power quality and non-linear loads
• System Stability
• Electric vehicles infrastructure
• Network strategies – planning, automation and power electronics
• Smart meters
• Local area networks
• Standardisation of technology

Management of Existing Assets (Generation, Network, Retail)

• Asset management models for ageing infrastructure
• Data systems for asset management
• Asset work planning and management
• Plant Failure and outage management
• Asset condition assessment, health indicators and performance metrics
• Earthing, protection, poles, switchgear, transformers and substations
• Projects – Design, build, commission
• Impact of distributed and renewable generation
• Power quality, security of supply
• Asset replacement strategies
• Fibre rollout
• Trees

Strategic Issues

• Intelligent Electricity Grids
• Role of the Internet
• Network forecasting and planning
• Demand side management
• Information and Communication Management for Power Systems
• Electricity Market
• Technologies & Architecture
• Modelling Renewables – PV, Wind
• Storage technologies and impacts
• Virtual Power Plants
• Power quality and non-linear loads
• System Stability
• Electric vehicles infrastructure
• Automation/power electronics
• System Modelling
• Advanced diagnostics
• Customer/asset data gathering, analysis and management
• Smart appliances, equipment, buildings and customers
• Wide-area monitoring, control and protection
• Standardisation – Equipment and Competencies
• RMA reform/ National Policy Statements/National Environmental Standards

Safety Performance

• Health and Safety in the Workplace Legislation – PCBU; Contractor Management,
• Process, people and plant safety systems
• Safety by design
• Safety Leadership & Culture
• SMEI and guides
• Live Work
• High Impact Low Probability (HILP) – Safety Management
• Public Safety
• Electricity Safety Regulations – models and options

Customer Interface

• Displacing electricity demand
• Metering and smart appliances
• Data management
• Demand side customer engagement


• Market models
• Infrastructure planning
• Refurbishment/upgrades
• Maintenance issues/strategies/engineering challenges
• Interconnection with networks
• Projects – Design, build, commission

Infrastructure Resilience & Emergency Response

• Resilience by design
• Risk management
• Post event engineering response
• Emergency response/management

Skill, Training and Development

• Growing Industry Skills
• Training and retention
• Developing Engineering Capability
• Competency, Skills, Qualifications
• Work force needs and approaches


Previous events have been attended by industry CEOs and senior managers; engineering and asset management staff; technical, safety and business development managers; system analysts and planners; field staff and supervisors; engineering students and academics from NZ universities; Government officials; consultants and contracting staff; standards writers and other industry stakeholders.


The Paper Proposal general terms and conditions are:

  • All paper proposals must meet the format requirements specified by the EEA.
  • The EEA reserves the right to refuse material that does not meet requirements or is deemed inappropriate in either content or size.
  • Required documents must be submitted on-line. Abstracts, bio notes, portrait photos and papers will not be accepted in hard copy format or by fax.

Submission of a proposal will be regarded as acceptance of these conditions.

Details of the required format for Final Papers will be sent to presenters with notification of paper acceptance.

Paper acceptances will be advised by Wednesday 16 March 2016 and final papers are due Friday 6 May 2016.

No guarantee can be given for the inclusion of material supplied after the dates specified above. Due to printing deadlines, the following dates are not negotiable and no extensions will be permitted.


We would appreciate your feedback on Conference Panel Session topics. Please send suggested topic to [email protected].