EEA 2013 – Electricity – Past and Future

19 June 2013 – 22 June 2013 all day
SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre
88 Federal Street
Conferences & Events


The 2013 Conference will be a very special event for the EEA and the New Zealand power engineering industry as we will celebrate 125 years of public electricity supply in New Zealand.This is a significant industry and engineering milestone and we invite a mix of papers covering past, present and future power engineering challenges.

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. As part of the 125 year celebration, EEA are also planning displays profiling past industry people; key historic events; past; present and future industry technology; and future visions of our industry.


The 125 year celebration is a very unique occasion so make it special to you by offering a paper proposal.We would welcome a broad  range of papers from across engineering, technical and management activities in the electricity supply sector – generation, distribution and transmission networks, contracting, consulting, equipment suppliers, government and end use customers.  A range of possible paper topics are suggested on the page below.

The writing and presentation of technical papers is an important part of the professional development and training of our engineering/technical staff. It provides 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.  At a strategic level, it provides an opportunity to give perspectives on energy challenges and issues; to profile engineering excellence; and report on recent research, technological developments and industry projects. A technical paper and conference presentation is also an opportunity to share, enhance and challenge nderstanding, provide insight and receive feedback from an enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience of industry people.


The EEA has a strong commitment to the future development of our engineering students and to integrate student learning with the Conference experience, university and 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 from different sectors of 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 recognise papers of outstanding quality. 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.


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.

We expect over 500 people to attend the three day conference and the audience will include local and international representatives from all parts of the electricity supply industry sectors.


Paper proposals are invited from all sectors of the industry.  The following are some paper “topic areas” for you to consider. (Note: Topics below are NOT in any priority order). Papers on operational topics and industry projects would be most welcome

Power Engineering – The 125 Year Journey

  • Profiling the power industry infrastructure development; its impact, people; key historic events; and industry technology Intelligent Electricity Systems (Smart Grids)

Technologies & Architecture

  • Integrating and modelling Renewables – Wind, Solar, Wave etc
  • Storage technologies and impacts
  • Micro Grids
  • Virtual Power Plants
  • Power quality and non-linear loads
  • System Stability
  • Electric vehicles infrastructure
  • Network planning strategies
  • Network automation/power electronics
  • Time of use pricing/smart meters
  • Local area networks
  • Standardisation of technology

Management of Existing Assets (Generation, Network, Retail)

  • Asset management models
  • Data systems for asset management
  • Asset work planning and management
  • Plant Failure and outage management
  • Asset condition assessment
  • Earthing, protection, poles, switchgear, transformers and substations
  • Contracting models
  • Design, build, commission projects
  • Impact of distributed and renewable generation
  • Power quality, security of supply
  • Fibre rollout
  • Trees

Strategic Issues

  • Management of existing asset
  • Renewable energy policies/targets/technology
  • Intelligent Electricity Grids
  • Grid forecasting and planning
  • Demand side management
  • Electricity Market
  • Enabling Intelligent Grids
  • Asset planning options
  • Old and new infrastructure projects
  • Management of ageing infrastructure
  • Asset replacement strategies
  • Impacts of Environmental policies –  RMA/ District Plans
  • National Policy Statements/National Environmental Standards
  • Emissions Trading Scheme

Information and Communication Management for Power Systems

  • System Modelling
  • Advanced diagnostics
  • Data gathering, analysis and management
  • Customer/asset data interface and management
  • Smart appliances, equipment, buildings and customers
  • Wide-area monitoring, control and protection
  • Impact of standardisation


  • Infrastructure planning
  • Refurbishment/upgrades
  • Maintenance issues/strategies/engineering challenges
  • Distributed and renewable options and impacts
  • Interconnection with networks
  • Design, build, commission projects

Customer Interface

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

Skill, Training and Development – People

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

Improving Safety Performance – Zero Harm

  • Changing Safety Culture
  • Profiling workplace safety projects in companies
  • Arc Flash Protection
  • Public Safety
  • Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010
  • UFB roll out
  • Safety by design

Infrastructure Resilience & Emergency Response

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

This is not an exhaustive list so if you would like to discuss other possible topics please feel free to contact us on


To be considered for the 2013 Conference Programme, please submit your abstract on-line via the EEA Conference website – which can be located from together with your bio note and a portrait photograph no later than Friday 1 March 2013. 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.


As part of the Conference programme development we are looking at Conference Panel Sessions. To help us target these panel sessions at industry issues, we would appreciate your feedback on topic areas you would like discussed in this wider forum. Please send suggested topic to .


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

Friday, 1 March 2013 Paper proposals due (including abstract, bio note and photo)
Wednesday, 13 march 2013 Presenters notified of acceptance
 Friday, 19 April 2013  Full paper due