Abstract Submissions have now closed.

Key Dates to Remember

Monday 28 February 2022   Abstract submissions close
Thursday 14 April 2022   Notification of acceptance
Friday 29 April 2022   Authors to confirm participation
Thursday 23 June 2022   Full paper due



Paper abstracts are invited for the Electricity Engineers' Association 2022 Conference to be held in Hamilton on 19 - 21 September 2022.

The EEA Conference is the premier engineering/technical event for the New Zealand electricity supply industry and the 2021 conference attracted over 1,000 delegates and visitors.

The 2022 Conference will bring an exciting mix of keynote addresses, technical papers and interactive panel sessions focused on 'Delivering a Net Zero Carbon Energy Future'.

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.

Abstract/Paper Submission

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.

Call for Papers Checklist Before Submitting

Please make sure you have the following information ready before submitting your abstract:

  • Contact details for the corresponding author (the person who will receive all communication regarding the submission)
  • Presentation Title - should be no more than 20 words
  • Theme - please decide which theme you like to allocate to your submission. CLICK HERE to view the list of themes
  • Abstract - no more than 400 words, images are not allowed
  • Photo of presenting author - please upload a recent professional portrait photo of each presenting author. Photos should be no larger than 200 px wide and should preferably be a jpeg file.
  • Name and affiliation of all authors linked to the submission
  • Biography of presenting author - biography word limit is 100 words

Paper Themes and Context

"Delivering a Net Zero Carbon Energy Future".

The EEA2022 Conference is 'Delivering a Net Zero Carbon Energy Future' so we are looking for papers on the challenges and opportunities for our industry as we prepare to play a key part in climate change mitigation and the transformation to a low carbon economy by 2050.

Theme areas include:

  • Net zero carbon
  • Demand side
  • Automation, digitisation, and data-driven future
  • Customer-driven change and market engagement
  • Sustainability engineering
  • Assets management, climate change resilience, and future asset planning
  • Enabling distributed energy resources (DER)
  • Emerging technology and innovation – artificial intelligence,
  • Security and reliability of supply
  • Open networks transformation
  • Transport energy options
  • Future capability requirements
  • Safety - critical risks, essential controls and continual improvement
  • Smart systems
  • Sustainability and environmental

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

Emerging Technologies - Opportunities, Integration, and Impacts

  • Open networks
  • Renewable distributed generation (e.g., solar, wind, micro generation etc)
  • Battery storage
  • Emerging technology - trials and outcomes
  • Electric transport infrastructure
  • Demand response and pricing frameworks
  • Hydrogen - a future power and energy storage source
  • 'Smart opportunities' - cities, homes and appliances
  • Micro-grids
  • Network stability
  • Customer’s technologies and smart multi energy solutions
  • Artificial intelligence, robotics, and customer technologies
  • Pilot projects
  • Pump storage

Data and Communications - Challenges and Impacts

  • Asset data – frameworks, condition assessment, health indicators, planning and performance metrics
  • Automated Demand Response (ADR)
  • Machine learning
  • LV and HV data for asset and system management
  • System modelling and simulation
  • Asset forecasting and planning
  • Cyber security/data protection
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Data visualisation
  • Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) , data science and machine learning - operational aspect of the grid.
  • Peer-to-peer trading, Blockchain, Big Data, Edge intelligence and The Internet of Things

Sustainability Engineering - Management, Optimisation, and Integration

  • Asset management - priorities and planning in uncertain times,
  • Life cycle engineering
  • Interoperability - common platforms, interactions and integrating new technologies and existing assets
  • Managing asset risks (e.g. transformers, poles, conductors, switchgear, earthing and substations)
  • Ageing Infrastructure - lifecycle and reliability - maintain, refurbish, upgrade or replace?
  • Infrastructure design for new technologies and safety
  • LV networks - monitoring, modelling and management
  • Climate resilience
  • Earthing
  • Integration of distributed renewables - solar, battery and wind
  • Maintenance strategies, standards and issues- poles, conductors, cables and other key assets
  • Automation/SCADA/Fault resolution
  • Power quality, security and stability
  • Projects /case studies
  • Work method selection - Live or de-energised

Future Capability

  • Future Work
  • Delivering on engineering, technical, IT and analytic capability
  • Developing/maintaining core skills, capability, and engagement with our people
  • Workforce diversity and inclusion - attracting and retaining talent
  • Workforce gaps - trends and challenges
  • Occupational licencing
  • Digitised learning
  • Common Competency - opportunities and challenges
  • Innovation contracting/service delivery

Net Zero - Drivers for Change

  • Climate change
  • Regulatory frameworks - economic security and reliability - impacts on customer service, investment, technology,
  • Transmission - grid connection, technology, markets, and priorities
  • Electrifying transport and the impact on the power system
  • Resilience
  • International standardisation for NZ adoption of technology, systems and products
  • Regional challenges

Consumer/Community Focus & Market Models

  • Behind the meter - Impact of smart consumer technology
  • Customer/community demand response - aggregators, pricing, demand and resilience
  • Distributed energy resource management systems (DeRMS)
  • Unlocking customer data for insights on future directions
  • Prosumers and future electricity markets

Safety, Health and Environment

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Covid
  • Safety Impacts of decarbonization and emerging technologies
  • Critical risks - essential control strategies
  • LV work management
  • Risk frameworks for work method selection
  • Monitoring and auditing workplace and public safety
  • Shared learnings for better safety performance
  • Hazardous substances – Asbestos, SF6

COVID-19 Contingency

While we all know that face to face is best and that our members strongly support this, in COVID-19 times this may not always be possible. Be assured the EEA has a contingency for offering our full conference online if required in 2022 and will keep you informed as appropriate.



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.


Why Submit?

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.

Best Paper Awards

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.