The POWERCON brand was co-initiated by CSEE (Chinese Society for
Electrical Engineering) and IEEE PES (Power & Energy Society). This biennial
conference started in 1998 in Beijing, China. The subsequent venues were
Perth, Australia, in 2000 ; Kunming, China, in 2002 ; Singapore in 2004 ;
Chongqing, China in 2006 ; New Delhi, India in 2008; and Hanzhou, China in
2010. POWERCON 2012 is to be held in Auckland, New Zealand.

The theme of this conference is “Towards Smarter Resilient and Economic Power
Systems”. This is topical in the context of emerging trends of Smart
Grids; resilience of electricity infrastructure to recent earthquakes, floods, nuclear-
meltdown in the Asia-Pacifc region; and, trends towards Emission Trading Scheme and
increased participation of private capital markets into electricity generation. A flavour of this
theme in the context of New Zealand will be highlight to all our international participants.

The conference will feature plenary sessions, tutorials, paper presentations, poster
session, trade exhibits and a Student/Graduate of Last Decade (GOLD)/Women In
Engineering (WIE) program. It will be well supported by an exciting partner’s program and
helpful inputs through our professional conference organizer towards planning pre and post
conference optional tour packages to visit tourist attractions across New Zealand.
It will provide a forum for power engineering professionals and academic researchers to
exchange up-to-date knowledge, experiences and views on key areas of electric power
engineering and power system technology. Leading practitioners and researchers that wish
to lead and assist in the organization of Tutorials, Special Interest Paper Sessions or Panel
Sessions are encouraged to submit expressions of interest.

The working language of the conference is English. Propective authors are invited to
submit full papers on technical topics refecting the theme of this conference i.e. Smart
Grids, Resilience to major disturbances and Electricity markets. This can broadly cover
PES technical scope on research and development, planning, design, application,
construction, installation, and operation of apparatus, equipment, structures, materials
and systems for the safe, reliable, and economic generation, conversion, measurement,
control, transmission, and distribution of electric energy. More details about the paper
formatting requirements and submission process will be made available in the conference
website (www.powercon2012.com).