Call for Papers

Abstract submission is now closed.


November 2018   Abstract submissions open
Friday 22 February 2019   Abstract submissions close
Friday 15 March 2019   Notification of acceptance
Friday 5 April 2019   Authors to confirm participation
Friday 17 May 2019   Full paper due



Paper abstracts are invited for the Electricity Engineers’ Association 2019 Conference to be held in Auckland on 25-27 June 2019.

The EEA Conference is the premier engineering/technical event for the New Zealand electricity supply industry and the 2018 conference attracted over 1,000 delegates and visitors.

The 2019 Conference will bring an exciting mix of keynote addresses, technical papers and interactive panel sessions focused on ‘Engineering, Technology and Innovation’.

Conference speakers will come from across the supply chain and represent the diversity of people, knowledge and technology that are shaping the future of the electricity supply industry in New Zealand and globally.

Technology, the political and regulatory environment, changing customer behaviours, evolving market forces and safety are some of the many drivers for change in the power industry.


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

As a first step in the ‘Call for Papers’ we are inviting abstracts from industry stakeholders.  Abstracts can include engineering and strategic analysis, research insights, case studies, and project results.  Details of theme areas are provided below.

If you wish to submit an abstract for consideration for the Conference Programme, you must also intend to register for the Conference and Exhibition.

To access the Abstract Submission guidelines and terms and conditions, please click here.

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically in accordance with the guidelines provided.


The 2019 Conference theme is “Engineering, Technology and Innovation”.

The Conference is set in a context of a changing industry environment that includes:

  • a low carbon economy
  • security and reliability of supply
  • strategic asset management
  • distributed generation
  • distribution pricing reform
  • network transformation
  • emerging technology
  • big data and analytics
  • changing transport energy options
  • changing workforce requirements
  • better managing risk

The following are some paper “topic areas” for you to consider. (Note: Topics below are NOT in any priority order nor is it an exhaustive list of topics that could be offered.)


Conventional Assets - Optimising for performance, cost and risk

  • Asset management – priorities and planning in uncertain times,
  • Interoperability – common platforms, interactions and integrating new technologies and existing assets
  • Asset data and asset management systems
  • Assessment and maintenance of key assets (e.g. transformers, poles, conductors, switchgear, earthing and substations)
  • Ageing Infrastructure – lifecycle and reliability – maintain, refurbish or replace?
  • Infrastructure design for new technologies and safety
  • LV networks – monitoring, modelling and management
  • Resilience
  • Earthing
  • Solar and wind – Integration
  • Maintenance issues and strategies
  • Power cable management, repair and replacement practices
  • Automation/SCADA/Fault resolution
  • Power quality, security and stability
  • Network projects – case studies
  • Work method selection – Live or de-energised?

New and emerging technologies – Opportunities, Integration and Impacts

  • Distributed generation (e.g. PV, wind, hydrogen)
  • Battery storage
  • Electric transport infrastructure
  • Demand response and pricing frameworks
  • Micro-grids
  • Smart cities and smart homes
  • Network stability
  • Customers technologies and smart multi energy solutions
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Emerging technology - trials and outcomes
  • Hydrogen - a future power and energy storage source

Powered by Data – Challenges and opportunities

  • Asset data – condition assessment, health indicators and performance metrics
  • LV and HV system mapping for asset management
  • Cyber security
  • Peer-to-peer trading, Blockchain, Big Data, Edge intelligence and
  • The Internet of Things
  • System modelling and simulation
  • Data visualisation
  • Network forecasting and planning
  • Artificial intelligence, data science and machine learning - operational aspect of the grid.

Drivers for change

  • New government target: 100% renewable electricity by 2035?
  • Actively responsive regulatory options - investment, technology, customer service, price and safety
  • Essential (Ancillary Service) services for inertia/ extended reserves
  • The 4th Industrial revolution – impacts of artificial intelligence, robotics, and customer technologies
  • Market, regulatory and business model options
  • Collaboration opportunities with transport and communications sectors
  • Resilience
  • ‘Wall of wire?’
  • Electrifying transport and the impact on the power system
  • International standardisation – what does the future look like (e.g. IEC, ISO, ITU)
  • Managing regional load growth

Consumer/Community Focus & Market Models

  • Community and consumer interfacing - roles and issues.
  • Funding the future
  • Behind the meter - Impact of smart consumer technology
  • Customer/community demand response – pricing, peak demand and security (dry year reserve)
  • Distributed energy resource management systems (DeRMS)
  • Electricity market operations

Future workforce

  • Future requirements and delivering on engineering and technical capability
  • Developing/maintaining core skills, capability and engagement with our people
  • Workforce diversity and inclusion – attracting and retaining talent
  • Workforce gaps – trends and challenges
  • Common Competency – opportunities and challenges
  • Innovation contracting/service delivery

Health and Safety – Leadership

  • Critical risks – elimination/management strategies
  • LV work management
  • Arc flash/Earthing
  • Safety leadership, culture and engagement
  • H&S challenges from emerging technologies
  • Risk frameworks for work method selection
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Safety in design
  • Monitoring and auditing workplace and public safety
  • Process Safety
  • Safety incidents – shared learnings and management
  • Safety competency maintenance frameworks
  • Back to Basics


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 writing and presentation of technical papers is an important part of every person’s professional development and training.  It provides the best opportunity to share your experience and innovative work among enthusiastic and knowledgeable industry engineers.

The EEA Conference gives the opportunity to profile and share information on new engineering knowledge, practices or technology; and a platform for a company or individual to get recognition as an engineering leader.

University and Polytech students are encouraged to submit paper proposals. EEA has a strong commitment to the future development of our industry engineering students and to integrate student learning with the Conference experience. Student papers keep industry informed on current research projects, whilst the Conference provides the opportunity for them to meet industry engineers and employers.


All papers submitted are eligible for the Best Paper Awards which are awarded to papers of outstanding quality. The Best Paper Awards categories include:

-          EEA Member
-          Best Paper Presentation (sponsored by the IET)
-          Student
-          Non-Member

For further information on these awards please click here.