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AESP Summer 2017 Call for Abstracts

Monday, January 23, 2017  
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AESP Summer 2017 Call for Abstracts
Time they are EE-Changin’ – How technology and challenges shape business models

Abstracts due by February 27, 2017, 11:59pm Eastern Time

Conference Dates:  August 29-31, 2017          
Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, ON Canada

August 29: Pre-conference Training Courses, UtilitiesConnect and Opening Reception
August 30: Conference Sessions
August 31: Conference Sessions

The Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) 2017 Summer Conference will be a dual track conference focusing on emerging business models and technologies impacting our industry.  Business model sessions will focus on the changing industry landscape including the impact of distributed energy resources, cross-industry collaborations, aging infrastructure and the evolution of DSM/DR. The technology sessions will focus on data and how emerging and evolving energy efficiency technologies are impacting how utilities do business and interact with their customers.

AESP invites abstracts for speaker sessions, interactive roundtables, and panel discussions for its annual Summer Conference & Expo. The program committee looks forward to reviewing new abstracts that have not been presented before and ones that showcase the latest thinking, best practices and trends impacting the industry.

AESP's Summer Conference, features the following:

  • Speaker Sessions – feature a total of three 20 minute speaker presentations (or two speakers taking 35 minutes each). Paper sessions are organized by topic and grouped together by similarity in scope. PowerPoint presentations are required.
  • Panel Discussions – a panel consists of three panelists, that promotes lively discussion, with different perspectives on a single topic. PowerPoints not required.
  • Interactive Roundtables – feature audience discussions and working groups. Interactive sessions require up to two leaders who will work closely with attendees to facilitate discussion and complete small projects.

Please submit your abstract under one of the topic areas below.

Issues Impacting Business Models

  • Utility 2.0 - Going beyond the traditional core business strategy
  • Aging infrastructure – How can DSM/DR help?
  • Implementation Contractors and the Changing Landscape
  • Climate Change and Energy Policy
  • Carbon Pricing Mechanisms
  • Gas-Electric and Regional Utility Collaboration
  • Pricing and Rates
  • Energy Data and Reporting Policies
  • Electrification
  • Managing Utility Financial Risk
  • Energy Efficiency and the Corporate Brand
  • Strategic use of DSM/DR Funding

 Technology Impacting Business Models

  • Connected Home/IoT
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Integrated Distributed Energy Resources/Smart Grid
  • Technology and Data - Informed Customers - Implications on Behavior and Relationships
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Community Energy Efficiency and Generation
  • HVAC and Lighting Control
  • Renewables
  • Battery Storage

 * Please do not submit an abstract until you have received travel approval and confirmed that the speaker is approved to attend.

Abstract Requirements and Submittal Instructions

For Speaker Sessions: Individual presentations of 20 minutes (for three presenters) or 35 minutes (for two presenters) each on similar themes will be combined into 75-minute presentations. Paper presenters are required to provide a PowerPoint presentation. PowerPoints not turned in by published deadlines will be removed from the agenda and the author will be replaced. Click here to view a sample paper abstract.

For Panel Discussions: Abstracts may be submitted for an entire 75-minute panel session. The abstract should discuss the session's topic, objective and list the panelists. Originality is encouraged in both scope and format.

What makes a good panel? Panel discussions should foster and stimulate conversation and debate between the panel and the audience. The panel and its moderator must be skilled at developing discussion points and eliciting feedback from the audience. Click here to view a sample panel abstract.

For Interactive Roundtables: Abstracts may be submitted for an entire 75-minute interactive roundtable session. The abstract should discuss the session's topic and objective and list of the roundtable leaders. Please be specific about how you plan to make the session interactive and how the attendees will work together to complete a specific task. Roundtable leaders are required to provide a one-page summary for publication in the conference proceedings. The summary should list the issues to be discussed and the tasks that will be completed during the session. Click here to view a sample interactive roundtable abstract.

Thought Leader Sessions: Similar to a keynote, this session features one engaging speaker who goes in-depth on a current issue facing our industry. Thought Leader abstracts that are visionary and creative are more likely to be accepted.


The AESP Program Planning Committee reserves the right to:

  • Build unique panel, paper or rapid fire sessions based on ideas presented in abstracts for panel and/or paper sessions. For example, an idea for a paper may be moved into a panel on the same subject.  An idea presented in an abstract for a panel may be moved into a paper or rapid fire session. Authors will be given an opportunity to accept or reject the reconfiguration of their abstract.
  • Accept a limited number of abstracts from the same organization/speaker. The program committee’s goal is to provide a diversity of opinions, speakers and organizations on the program agenda. Authors/organizations are encouraged to send in more than one abstract for consideration.
  • Reserve session slots for hot topics, late-breaking industry news, and/or invited speakers.


1.     All presenters must have superior presentation skills. View presentation tips here.

2.     All presenters will be required to use an AESP template for PowerPoint slides.

  • All speakers identified in abstracts must state their availability to travel and present prior to abstract submittal.

Submit abstracts online: 

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