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AESP 2019 Annual Conference - Call for Abstracts

Monday, May 14, 2018  
Posted by: Adeline Lui
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AESP’s 29th Annual Conference & Expo
Call for Abstracts
Abstracts Due: June 18, 2018


Conference Dates: January 21-24, 2019
Location:  San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, Texas





The Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) invites abstracts for speaker sessions, panel sessions, professional development sessions, product demonstrations and interactive roundtables for its 29th Annual Conference & Expo. The topic and program committees look forward to reviewing new abstracts with innovative and relevant content that will showcase the latest thinking, best practices and trends impacting the energy industry. The guidelines below will help increase your chances of being accepted.

-          Explain in your abstract how you will Include an interactive element in your presentation

-          A minimum of three actionable key takeaways must be included in your abstract

-          Abstracts that appear to be selling a product or service will not be accepted

-          AESP doesn’t limit the number of abstracts submitted by a company, however the program planning committee limits the number of accepted speakers per company to ensure a wide representation of companies and perspectives


Help Us Design YOUR Conference:

It’s your AESP Annual Conference – tell us what you want to see! In addition to submitting an abstract, you can also share your ideas on what would make a great conference session and we’ll try to make it happen. Is there a burning topic you’d like to hear about? Know someone you’d like to see speak? Have an idea for an interesting new session format? You will have the opportunity to tell us at the end of the Abstract Submittal form.


The AESP 29th Annual Conference provides content on six energy related disciplines. Topics of interest are listed below:

Program Design & Implementation

- Pay for Performance Programs

- Mature programs….what’s next and how do we plan for change?

- What do trade allies want from an EE program?

- Data Driven Strategic Program Design

Marketing & Communications

- Effective marketing messages for Gas Programs

- Marketing to hard to reach customers

- Emotion-based marketing

- Marketing Misconceptions

- Marketing to Small Businesses


DSM Business Issues and Models

- EE and NWA

- Consumer to Prosumers

- Big Data and Emerging Business Models

- Transactive Energy

- Integrated Distribution Planning

- EE as a Grid Resource

- Federal Policy and DSM


Pricing and Integrated Demand Side Management

- Innovative Pricing Strategies

- Demand Management – where EE, DR and DERs intersect

- Emerging DR Technologies

Technology and Data

- Technologies that Support Electrification

- Electric Vehicles

- Energy Storage

- Crypto Currency Mining

- Blockchain

- Data Security

- Emerging Technologies

Research & Evaluation

- Social science-based research, best practices and methodologies

- Data mining to strengthen evaluations

- Evaluating beyond energy savings

- Evaluation methodologies in the context of our evolving utility business models and needs


The Following Session Formats are featured at AESP Conferences:

Speaker Sessions: Abstracts may be submitted for speaker sessions. The session will include up to 4 other presentations based on similar themes and its presenters will be selected by AESP and the AESP Annual Planning Committee.  All presentations must provide the clear takeaways that are summarized in the abstract. Papers are optional for this session type.

Click here to view a sample speaker abstract.

Panel Sessions (no paper):  Abstracts may be submitted for panel sessions with original content, where the moderator and panelist are confirmed. If accepted, the moderator and panelists may select to use short presentations or another custom format to facilitate discussion.  Panel discussions should foster and stimulate discussion 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.

Interactive Roundtables: Abstracts may be submitted for interactive roundtables that nurture peer-to-peer interaction. These sessions feature audience discussions and working groups to encourage the sharing of ideas and business best practices. Up to two facilitators work closely with attendees to create an active environment to help guide knowledge sharing.

Click here to view a sample interactive roundtable abstract.

Professional Development: Abstracts may be submitted for professional development sessions which are intended to provide attendees with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to succeed in the energy services industry. Examples of professional development topics include, Presentation Skill, Facilitating a Meeting, and Emotional Intelligence.  Sessions are typically less than 1 hour and speakers should check with AESP in advance to confirm if AV equipment is available. 

Click here to view a sample professional development abstract.

Custom: AESP welcomes abstracts for other innovative customized sessions. Previous submissions have included workshops, thought leader sessions, rapid fire sessions, product demonstrations, etc.  Custom abstracts must provide detailed information on content, number of speakers, format and how the session will be conducted. 



The AESP Program Planning Committee reserves the right to:

  • Build unique sessions based on ideas presented in abstracts. For example, an idea for a speaker session may be moved into a panel on the same subject.  An idea presented in an abstract for a panel may be moved into a rapid fire session. Authors will be given an opportunity to accept or reject the reconfiguration of their abstract.
  • 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. However, the program planning committee limits the number of accepted speakers per company.
  • Reserve session slots for hot topics, late-breaking industry news, and/or invited speakers.


  1. All presenters must have superior presentation skills.
  2. All presenters will be required to use an AESP template for PowerPoint slides and handouts.
  3. All speakers identified in abstracts must confirm their availability to travel and present prior to abstract submittal.
  4. All speakers and moderators will be required to attend at least one pre-conference coordinating call.


Changes in Speakers/Speaker Cancellations
Immediately notify Kara Kelly of any speaker changes/cancellations. AESP must approve all speaker substitutions and reserves the right to cancel a session if speaker changes occur that are dramatically different than originally proposed (i.e., an abstract indicates a panel will be comprised of three utility presenters; panel is changed to three consultants/vendors).

Presentation Equipment
LCD projectors and laptop computers will be available for use during traditional sessions at the conference. If you have any additional A/V needs, please notify Kim Burtraw

Contact Kara Kelly at


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