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The 2018 IEEE PES T&D Conference & Exposition is coming to Denver April 16-19, bringing more than six decades of industry innovation to our biggest and most exciting conference yet. This landmark event will showcase the solutions, technologies, products, companies and minds that will lead our industry to the next generation power systems.

The theme of the Conference is: The Future is Now

The organizers of the 2018 IEEE PES Transmission and Distribution Conference & Exposition invite professionals involved in the power and energy industry across the world to submit papers, panels, and tutorials on their innovative ideas, research and development, application experience, and expertise. Power and energy professionals specializing in substation engineering, transmission and distribution system design, distribution automation, advanced metering infrastructure, protection and control, communications, renewable energy and distributed energy resources, operations, maintenance, data science, and energy systems integration are expected to attend this Conference and Exposition. Combined with the Opening Session, the Poster Session, Plain Talks, and Super Sessions, this Conference promises to be the most comprehensive of its kind.

The technical program is designed to highlight the future state while focusing on challenges that have been solved to achieve the current state of the power and energy industry. The Conference will provide attendees with practical, solution-oriented topics, including case studies and lessons learned. Super Sessions will be held on topics of current special interest in the industry, while the rest of the technical program will include sessions focusing on the Conference theme in the following key topic areas:

Submission details are as follows:
  • Aging infrastructure and asset management
  • Resiliency enhancement and storm response and restoration
  • Cyber and physical security
  • Distribution automation
  • Energy and the environment
  • Renewable and alternative energies
  • Energy storage systems
  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure and enhanced customer engagement
  • Electric vehicles
  • Protection and control
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Merging utility operations into the customer experience
  • Power system big data, analytics, and software tools
  • Smart Grid
  • HVDC & Flexible AC transmission systems
  • Gas insulated substation, gas insulated transmission & mixed technology switchgear
  • Power and energy education, collaborative research, and workforce development

Paper Submission

Full papers must be submitted to the online submission and review site. Click here for the submission site. All papers must be submitted by August 7,2017. No papers will be accepted after this deadline. Authors will be advised via email of acceptance or rejection by November 6, 2017. If revisions are required, authors will be notified prior to that date. Papers will be limited to a maximum of five (5) pages; however companion papers may be submitted. Papers must be prepared in accordance with the PES Authors Kit.

A maximum of 100 of the accepted full papers will be selected to be presented in forum sessions and the rest will be scheduled for presentation at an evening poster session. Authors will be notified whether or not their papers are selected for a forum presentation. Presenters and session chairs will coordinate the duration and order of each presentation. Guidelines for PowerPoint slides can be found at:

These papers, primarily authored by industry members, must focus on non-commercial applications of new solutions and/or technologies in solving existing or emerging problems in power systems.

An author of an accepted PES Transactions paper who is interested in presenting it at the 2018 IEEE PES T&D Conference & Exposition must upload only the paper's abstract to the online submission and review site by the deadlines listed above. The appropriate Technical Committee Program Chair (TCPC) will determine if the topic of the paper is suited for presentation in one of the technical sessions. The author will be notified of the decision by email, and only the abstract will be included in the Conference Proceedings.

Per IEEE policy, all presenters must register for the conference. Papers will not be released for publication in the Conference Proceedings or be scheduled for presentation unless the registration fee is paid. Furthermore, papers not presented will not be included in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Note: Registration deadline for authors may be earlier than the general registration deadline.

Panel Submission

To submit panel proposals, the proposal form must be filled out and emailed to the technical program co-chairs at All panel proposals must be submitted by August 7, 2017. No panel proposals will be accepted after this deadline. Panel moderators will be advised via email of acceptance or rejection by November 6, 2017. If revisions are required, panel moderators will be notified prior to that date. The following information must be included:
  • Panel title
  • Panel duration (2 hours or 4 hours)
  • Panel moderator name, affiliation, phone, and email address
  • Panel abstract (maximum of 150 words)
  • Relevant PES technical committee (
  • Panelists names, affiliations, phones, and email addresses (minimum of 3)
All submitted panel proposals will be reviewed by the relevant PES technical committee.
Panel proposals by electric utilities are highly encouraged. Commercialization is strictly prohibited.

Tutorial Submission

To submit tutorial proposals, please visit to download the tutorial proposal form. This form must be filled out and emailed to LaToya Gourdine, and Susan Koval of the PES Executive Office, who will coordinate its submission to the tutorial review and selection committee. All tutorial proposals must be submitted by August 7, 2017. No submissions will be accepted after this deadline. Applicants will be advised via email of acceptance or rejection by  December 1, 2017.

The proposed tutorial length must be half day (4 hours) or full day (8 hours). Tutorial organizer should first have the tutorial technically approved by the relevant PES Technical Committee or technical organization.

The following information must be included:
  • Title of tutorial
  • Abstract/description of approximately 150 words
  • A summary of topics and a brief description of what is covered by each topic
  • Organization of the tutorial - this should show the timeslots allotted to each topic. An eight hour tutorial should allow for at least 7.5 hours excluding break
  • Instructor names and biosketches
  • Email addresses of organizer and all instructors.
Presenter(s) agrees to use the PES template. Presenter information and company logo may be on first and last slide only. Presenter further permits PDF version of slides printed 2 per page to be distributed to registrants and provides signed copy of profit sharing agreement and W-8/W-9.

Additional information about the conference will be posted on this site as it becomes available. Still Have Questions? Please contact Amin Khodaei, PhD or Manuel Avendaño, PhD, technical program co-chairs, at if you have any questions on the technical program or the call for participation.

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