Call  for  Papers

Conference Announcement CEPSI 2018

The Technical Sessions at CEPSI have traditionally been a highlight of each conference, and likewise promises to be the same at CEPSI 2018. An estimated 550+ papers will be presented over the course of three days and spread over 6 sessions, by delegates from various countries and regions, in CEPSI 2018.

All papers presented will also be made available on the official CEPSI 2018 website for future reference and citation.

The Technical Sessions at CEPSI 2018 are meant as a platform for delegates to share case studies, on-site lessons and experiences, overviews of recent technologies, design strategies, industry best practices and many more. The call has been made for all energy players to contribute original papers to be presented at CEPSI 2018 on the theme, “Reimagining Utility of the Future” in any of the following eight (8) categories:

Important Dates  UPDATED

We are no longer accepting new paper abstracts. To submit full papers & presentation material, kindly upload it at our Abstract Submission Portal.

  • 15th Jan 2018
     Call for Paper Announcement
  • 15th Jan - 10th May 2018
     Submission of Abstracts CLOSED
  • 15th Apr - 31st May 2018
     Notification of Acceptance
  • 1st May - 31st July 2018
     Submission of Full Papers
  • 1st July - 15th Sep 2018
     Submission of Presentation Slides

Please be informed on the following important dates of the paper submission:

  • 15th Jan 2018
    Call for Paper Announcement
  • 15th Jan - 10th May 2018
    Submission of Abstracts CLOSED
  • 15th Apr - 31st May 2018
    Notification of Acceptance
  • 1st May - 31st July 2018
    Submission of Full Papers
  • 1st July - 15th Sep 2018
    Submission of Presentation Slides


Inquiries on technical paper submission, please contact the secretariat at

A.1   Market Trend & Outlook of Renewable Energy in Power Industry Driven by global concerns on climate change and CO2 emission related to conventional power generations, the adoption of renewable energy is now surely but steadily picking pace. This is thus a broad, catch-all category for anything related to renewable energy that is not specifically covered in the other categories.

A.2   Large Scale Renewable Energy (e.g. Solar, Geothermal, Wind) Utilities are increasingly contemplating the deployment of large scale renewable energy plants (e.g Solar farm, geothermal, wind, etc) driven by the need to embrace sustainable and clean energy. This category will thus encompass about the technology to the deployment challenges and case studies.

A.3   Energy Storage (e.g. Battery, etc.) This category will cover on energy storage, including technology, development and implementation, challenges and case studies.

A.4   Demand Side Management (DSM) & Energy Efficiency (EE) DSM generally refers to all activities at the consumer end to use energy efficiently and to save energy. It involves the use of more efficient appliances, products and services; shifting and balancing the load utilization to tap cheaper energy costs period. Another example of DSM implementation is by offering Time of Use (TOU) tariff schedules by charging different electricity rates between different time periods per day and different seasons ( peak, off peak)

A.5   Sustainability in Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) - Environment, Economic and Social Aspects This category encompasses issues of sustainability in power industry, including renewable energy, water conservation, species impacts, stakeholder communication, climate change, distributed energy, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, consumer preferences, and business vitality. Increased pressure on the industry to address sustainability has resulted in the development of many voluntary corporate sustainability integration initiatives.

A.6   Climate Change and Emission Assessments (Carbon Footprint) In response to increasing concerns about climate change and global warming, governments, businesses and consumers are considering ways to reduce their carbon and water footprints. This topic will thus investigate ways to measure, monitor, manage and mitigate these footprints. Case studies on this subject are also welcomed.

B.1   Power Plant Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Optimisation and Reliability Knowledge sharing, best practices and benchmarking in power plant systems/ facilities upgrading and optimisation in operation and maintenance (O&M) works. These could potentially improve plant efficiency, productivity and flexibility while minimising emissions level, outages and maintenance costs. Also covers:
  • Intiatives in increasing Plant Performance
  • Initiatives in improving Plant Availability/Reliability
  • Initiatives in improving Plant Efficiency (Heat Rates /Emission control /Environmental Compliance)
  • Plant Management Best Practices in Operation & Maintenance Works
  • Special project(s) to refurbish or retrofit and optimise/ improve plant system and facilities

B.2   Power Plant Digitalisation and Automation New and aging power plants are increasingly utilising digital and automation technologies through retrofitting and new plant system development. Digital and automation system have the ability to obtain more data which can be analysed to discover further insights into power plant operations, leading to better performance, efficiency and availability . Also covers:
  • Digital Power Plant / IoT
  • Big Data in advanced O&M analytics
  • Intelligent Predictive and Preventive O&M

B.3   Power Generation and Plant Technologies (Gas, Coal, Nuclear, etc.) The development and advancement of various technologies utilised in power plant in the following areas ;
  • Gas Turbine Technologies (Open and Combined Cycle)
  • Steam Turbine Technologies
  • Generator Technologies
  • Boiler Technologies
  • Hydro Plant Technologies
  • Nuclear Plant Technologies
  • Balance of Plant Technologies

B.4   Clean Coal Technology (CCT) Clean Coal Technology (CCT) has the potential to reduce emissions from coal power plant that contributes to climate change and pollute the environment. Several cutting edge technologies have been developed and under development which include:
  • Ultra Supercritical Steam Technology for Coal power plant
  • Enhanced Ultra Supercritical Steam Technology for Coal power plant
  • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
  • Fluidized Bed Technologies
  • Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC)

B.5   Power Generation Market Trends and Outlook The power industry business model is expected to evolve due to volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of current and future market landscape. Adaption to industry and market dynamics are essential to ensure achievement of business objectives. This segment covers:
  • Generation planning
  • Generation Repowering
  • Emerging power generation business/market trends
  • Evolving Regulatory framework- Energy Market and Interconnection
  • Market Outlook and Risks

B.6   Power Generation Planning, Financing and Development Understanding how financing works in the power generation industry is crucial in order to fully maximize the investments made by unlocking the whole value of the assets and infrastructure. Innovative power contract to further improve the risk hedging on both Generation Company and Offtaker need to be established. This segment includes:
  • Mechanics of making a deal
  • Financial structuring (financial model, cost and revenue structure etc.)
  • Project finance markets
  • Working with lenders
  • Commercial and financial risk

C.1   Power Transmission Technology, Design & Development (HVAC & HVDC) This category covers the advancements and developments in power transmission technologies, including:
  • Primary substation equipment designs and standards
  • New electric measurement technology
  • Efficient transmission tower designs
  • HVDC/FACTS technology and devices
  • Cable technology
  • Supergrid technology

C.2   Power System Operations & Electricity Market and Super Grid This category looks at regional grid and supergrid interconnection that enables cross border power exchange and their potential in transforming the electricity market trends and outlook. It also includes the following subjects:
  • Regional grid & supergrid interconnection operational experience
  • Cross-country energy trading
  • Power systems crisis management
  • Electricity market operational challenges
  • Cross border electricity market trends and outlook
  • Status of interconnection project currently ongoing and in the pipeline

C.3   Power System Protection, Monitoring and Control This category covers the latest developments in improving power system protection, along with the advancements in network monitoring and control systems at Transmission/ Grid level. It also includes:
  • Recent technological advancements in secondary/ ancillary system equipment
  • Wide-area protection system philosophy, design and standards
  • Intelligent network monitoring and control systems
  • Communication for power system protection, monitoring and control

C.4   Transmission Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Technology, and Best Practices Maintaining the grid and making sure it is always in an excellent operational condition is never an easy task. As such, this category covers:
  • Recent advancements in inspection and maintenance practices for primary and secondary equipment (RCM, RBM etc)
  • Live line and substation maintenance technology
  • Automation in inspection and monitoring (drones and robots)
  • Operation & Maintenance (O&M) technology and best practices
  • Crisis management

C.5   Transmission Grid and RE Integration Utilities worldwide are experiencing higher penetrations of renewables energy into their grid system. This scenario presents new challenges in planning, implementing and managing RE integration into the grid. As such, this category will cover matters such as:
  • Renewable generator modeling (wind, solar PV)
  • Bi-directional power flow management in the grid system
  • Energy variability and intermittency management
  • Application of grid-connected energy and battery storage

C.6   Asset Management & Data Analytics Transmission and grid asset management is always critical for any utility, and as such this category covers, among other things:
  • Supergrid technology design and development
  • Asset management approaches to determine and maximize asset performance and asset life
  • Techniques and tools to reduce asset life cycle costs, and to support risk-based/predictive maintenance
  • Data analytics in asset management
  • Data mining from grid assets

D.1   Distribution Primary Equipment: Technology and Experiences Distribution primary equipment such as transformers, switchgears and cables are evolving along with other parts of utilities, and as such, this category covers among other things:
  • Technologies/design & standards for these equipment
  • Case studies of new technology implementation
  • Experience and lessons learnt from the case studies
  • Research and development

D.2   New innovation, mobility solution & workforce management Electricity distribution covers wide geographical network as they provide last mile power interconnection to the customers. As such it requires a huge workforce to handle the distribution business value chain. Mobility solutions are enabling and empowering utility employees to be more productive and collaborative on and off site. This, along with innovations in workforce management, has greatly increased employee efficiency and productivity. As such, this category covers the innovation of workforce management leveraging on information and communication technologies, in delivering better services and support to the customers.

D.3   Distribution Network Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Technology, and Best Practices As with the transmission network, the distribution network system must always be reliable and available, while performing at the optimal level. As such, this category encompasses how the distribution network system is maintained and managed, including best practices, improvement initiatives, lessons learned and case studies.

D.4   Distribution System & RE Integration The increasing adoption of renewables and energy storage systems poses specific challenges to their integration into the distribution system. With this in mind, this category encompasses matters such as:
  • Bi-directional power flow management
  • Energy variability and intermittency management
  • Distributed Energy Resources

D.5   SCADA/ADMS/DA/Telecommunication & Protection system This category covers secondary equipment and technologies including protection system, telecommunication, SCADA/DA and Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) that support the full suite of distribution management and optimization. (including outage restoration and distribution grid performance optimisation).

D.6   Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) Regulations, Market Trends and Outlook This category encompasses all things related to regulations and energy market vis-à-vis distribution network. These include among other things:
  • Safety
  • Environmental
  • Technical requirements and standards

E.1   Smart grid Policy, Planning & Development The transformation of the traditional electric grid into smart grid requires new policies and planning to utilize new technologies, enhanced connectivity, integrate more renewable energy sources and digitize services. This sub-topic thus covers any material on such policies and plans for smart grid, including roadmaps, lessons learnt and case studies.

E.2   Smart City A smart city employs ICT and IOT in various innovative ways to make a city more liveable and sustainable. This sub-topic therefore encompasses any innovation or development made in the smart city space, including case studies, frameworks, standards, policies and so forth.

E.3   AMI, Smart Meter (Development & Implementation) Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is essentially an integrated systems of smart meters, communication networks and applications that enable bi-directional communication between utilities and customers. This sub-topic is inclusive of all smart meters, communication, technology selection and challenges related to the development and implementation of AMI/smart meters.

E.4   Distributed Energy Resources (DER) & Micro grid Technologies This category covers two broad subject matters: 1) Virtual Power Plants (VPP) and its components, including Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and Microgrids 2) Voltage VAR Optimisation (VVO), which is the process of managing voltage levels and reactive power to achieve more efficient grid operation. Any papers related to these subjects are welcomed here.

E.5   Smart Grid Technology & Automation DA and control systems provides the utility to automate sectionalisation and restoration of the grid when an outage happens.
DA together with the smart grid technologies (distribution management systems, outage management systems) enables greater visibility on the grid, load and voltage monitoring, what is happening during an outage (location, extent of affected areas), potential cause of outage, power quality across the grid. It allows the utility to improve grid utilisation and management to reduce losses. This sub-topic covers the DA & Control system (under the purview of Smart Grid environment).

E.6   Electric Vehicle (EV) / Mobility Ecosystem The gradual advancement of electric vehicles (EVs) as alternatives to conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles will necessitate energy delivery/infrastructures changes to cope with the charging stations, charging cycles and charging times. This sub-topic will thus encompass the gamut of the EV ecosystem, including EV technology, charging standards, latest innovations and so forth.

F.1   Analytics in ESI This is a broad, catch-all category for anything related to analytics in the ESI that is not specifically covered in the other categories. Applications include (but not limited to):
  • Asset Management
  • Collections & debt management
  • Non-Technical Losses reduction
  • Cybersecurity
  • Operation optimization for shared services

F.2   ICT Applications and New Technologies in ESI
(Industrial Revolution 4.0) Industry 4.0 is defined as the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing and industrial technologies that includes cloud computing, the Internet of things (IoT), cyber-physical systems and cognitive computing.
This subtopic covers papers on new technologies related to Industrial Revolution 4.0.

F.3   Innovation in ESI (Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Retail) This category encompasses any innovation related to ICT in the generation, transmission and distribution section. Key topics that can be included are:
  • Diversification of energy sources
  • Utility of the future transformation
  • IT consumerization
  • Prosumer management

F.4 ICT Innovation in Business Management (e.g. HR, Finance, Procurement, Support Services) This category encompasses innovations related to ICT in human resources, finance, procurement, legal and other support services that are typical in the ESI. Key topics that can be included are:
  • Innovation strategies & approaches for service management
  • Robotics
  • Cloud-based management platforms
  • Cognitive processing
  • New service delivery models

F.5   Telecommunication & Cybersecurity Selecting suitable telecommunications technology that are cost effective and are able to meet performance and risk requirements is a major challenge. Digitalisation will create an environment that exposes utilities to cyber security risks.
Key topics for this category include:
  • Telco network infrastructure strategies
  • Strategies to embed cybersecurity requirements in the design and implementation stages and establishment of security operation centers and incident response teams.
  • Management of cybersecurity incidents in converged IT and OT networks.
  • Interoperability standards
  • How is technology obsolescence addressed
  • Telco network operations and maintenance strategy

F.6   Digital Utility & IoT and Innovation Model Utilities are embracing ICT and IOT innovations to transform into a Digital Utility for enhancing customer experience, improving operational efficiency and introducing service offerings beyond legacy utility services.
The category thus discusses how utilities can utilitize ICT and IOT and include:
  • Areas where digital solutions can be used to enhance operations and service.
  • Smart customer services
  • Case studies
  • Innovation model

G.1   Retail & Customer Experience Utilities/retail energy providers constantly seek a better understanding of customer experience and behaviour in order to provide better services, forge stronger relationships and meet customer expectations. This category thus covers current and future practices, strategies, operating models and frameworks on customer experience, experience management and customer journey.

G.2   Electricity Market & Regulatory In a transformed market, a retail service provider can provide consumers with a number of benefits, including best-in-class customer service, energy saving solutions and access to the latest disruptive technologies such as roof-top solar power and energy storage. This category was created especially for retail energy service providers and related industry players to share their experience, ideas and research on the retail electricity market.

G.3   Beyond the Meters: New Products & Services This section focuses on sharing of new ideas, innovations, on new product and services beyond the meters by utilities. The technical paper may cover the experiences or case studies.

G.4   Customer Analytics & Applications For this category, the presenters will share the evolution of customer analytics and its application in transforming the business to greater heights.

G.5   Innovation in Retail & Customer Services With the current advancement in technologies, retailers are fully aware that success lies in their ability to deliver an exceptional customer experience across all digital channels. This category will cover papers detailing some of the innovation currently in play for both retail and customer services. This includes:
  • Digital channels utilization
  • Omni-channel approaches
  • Chatbots
  • Virtual self-service portals
  • Artificial intelligence (AI)

G.6   Grid Edge / Retail Transformation A digital power utility transformation leverages technology opportunities such as advanced analytics, sensors, robotics and 3D printing to drive business forward. The entire ecosystem of the power utility company is affected including employees, customers, suppliers and partners.
This category covers on how companies leverage technology in digitizing power utility to improve customer experience or possible introducing new sources of revenue to their current business model. Area of interest includes:
  • Areas where digital solutions can be used to enhance operations and service.
  • Smart customer services
  • Case studies

H.1   ESI Structure Development and Strategy An organization’s structure is the way the pieces of the organization fit together internally. For the organization to deliver its plans, the strategy and the structure must be woven together seamlessly to create a sustainable organization.
This category covers:
  • Systems management with legal, environmental, economic, social and technical aspects
  • Sustainable system integration and planning
  • Strategies, scenario development and modelling of sustainable systems

H.2 Business Transformation, Innovation and Productivity Improvement Power utilities are facing challenges from disruptive technologies as well as competitions throughout the value chain. To thrive among these challenges means that utilities must embrace business transformation, innovative management and productivity improvement. As such, this category covers among other things:
  • Vision for changing/creating the transformation/innovation journey
  • Strategies and leadership examples
  • Process improvement examples
  • Change management

H.3 Commercial Tariff & Pricing, Regulatory Development To encourage efficient investments in the power system infrastructure, utilities need to sought feedback and established a suite of pricing and tariff setting measures to facilitate informed investment decision and policy making. The areas of considerations under this category includes:
  • Energy economics
  • Deregulation of electricity market
  • Pricing and tariffs e.g. Feed-in-Tariff, Time-of-Use and Carbon taxation
  • Forecasting approaches
  • Levelised energy cost

H.4 ESI Asset Management, Strategy and Practises The management of disparate, complex and distributed assets is one of the main challenges facing the electricity supply industry. Utilities can improve financial performances by making informed asset investment decisions and managing them properly. This category therefore covers asset management in utilities, such as:
  • Asset management contracts and leases
  • Regulatory obligations compliance
  • Asset management operations
  • Asset management accounting

H.5 Energy & Business Ventures and Management, International Cooperation Challenges to sustainable energy ventures have tended to focus on either technological or market challenges. The business environment of a sustainable energy venture is based on matching technological capabilities to market opportunities that can lead to value creation and capture which corresponds to commercialization. This category therefore covers:
  • Energy ventures analysis & value creation
  • Venture capital and entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Mergers & Acquisition case studies

H.6   Safety & Risk Management, Public & Customer Engagement Utility companies face an unusually high number and variety of risks, many of which have serious health, safety and environmental implications. While these risks cannot be eradicated, utilities can seek to understand, manage and mitigate them. Utility companies have to rely on effective safety and risk management and position themselves for commercial and financial success.
This category covers:
  • Safety and risk management approaches, policies, behaviour, culture and innovations.
  • How companies manage safety & risk and engage the staff, public & customers on the matter