2nd Annual Energy Economics Symposium 2020

Abstract submission deadline: 16 October 2020

Overview and Objectives

Energy market reform is an international phenomenon that aims to address important challenges in the sector. Specifically, the South African energy status quo is characterised by aging infrastructure, frequent outages due to power shortages, investment and policy uncertainty, continuously increasing tariffs and vulnerability to climate change.

Liberalisation of the market and a transition from monopolistic state-owned conditions to a perfectly competitive market environment is considered to be the only way forward, particularly for South Africa. Competitive markets in all aspects of the energy sector have the potential to encourage investment and promote efficiency, at least in theory.

This symposium provides the platform to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the liberalisation of energy markets in South Africa, the conditions for successful market reform and impacts on: the energy sector, energy transition efforts, various economic sectors, and the economy and society in its entirety.

The list of topics to be addressed includes, but is not limited to:
• Energy market characteristics
• Regulation and de-regulation
• Pricing structures under different market conditions
• Market conditions and energy transitions
• Integration of electricity markets
• Just energy transition with certain market structures
• Labour participation impact
• The role of youth and women in the new normal
• Regional effects
• Unbundling options for utilities
• Energy markets in the emerging world
• Historical liberalisation of energy markets
• Unbundling of the energy supply and distribution
• Privatisation of energy assets
• Renewable energy penetration considerations
• Access to energy
• Energy security and dependence

Call for Academic Papers

We seek high quality, original papers to be presented at our Symposium. Authors wishing to make concurrent session presentations must submit an abstract that briefly describes the topic, research or case study to be presented. All presentations will be a total of 15 minutes (including presentation and Q&A session).

The abstract must be no more than one page in length (maximum 500 words) and should include the following sections: 1) Overview or summary of the topic including its background and potential significance; 2) Description of the context, data used, or illustrative example of the topic; 3) Summary of key insights, results or further questions; 4) Conclusions: Lessons learned, business or market implications, recommendations for further work.
All abstracts should be submitted by email to conference2020@saaee.org.za, accompanied by a short CV (one page).

At least one author from an accepted paper must pay the registration fees and attend the conference to present the paper. The lead author submitting the abstract must provide complete contact details – mailing address, phone, e-mail, etc.

Format of the Symposium

Under the current circumstances, the SAAEE 2nd Annual Energy Economics Symposium will be presented in a virtual manner, combining live sessions and pre-recorded presentations with live discussions and networking opportunities. The exact medium of presentation will be shared in due time with the registered participants.

Key dates and deadlines

Abstracts’ and Summaries’ submission deadline: October 16, 2020
Notification of abstract acceptance: October 23, 2020
Submission of full papers: November 16, 2020
Symposium’s registration fees paid by November 25, 2020

Registration Fees

The registration fee structure is listed below. Please note the special offer we are running when choosing to combine your conference registration fees with your individual 2021 SAAEE/IAEE membership fees.

Note: SAAEE/IAEE membership only fees for 2021 are R2400 (individual) and R900 (student), respectively. Memberships are valued at over R20,000 with access to leading IAEE journals and discounted rates on conference and workshop events.
Note: Corporate memberships allow for 3 x individual SAAEE/IAEE memberships. Please contact SAAEE for more information on fees and special arrangements.


Bank Name: First National Bank (FNB)
Account Name: SAAEE
Account Number: 62765126191
Branch Number: 250655
Branch: Brooklyn
Individual Reference: SAAEE + Your Initials & Surname
Corporate Reference: SAAEE + Corporation Name

Registration process

• Click on the registration link to complete your information and upload your proof of payment.
• If you register more than one individuals, complete separate forms for each and indicate who is responsible for payment

Pre-conference event: Youth and Student Day Monday 30 November 2020

The Youth and Student Day has organised a pre-conference event and is open not only to young professionals and students in energy-related topics but all registered participants.
More information to follow.

Important notes

The above fees cover 3-day access to all sessions (plenary and paper presentations) and symposium material.
If an approved paper has more than one author, only the paper presenter may register and pay the corresponding fee, as defined above. A paper presenter cannot present more than one paper.
Withdrawal requests received after October 30 will not be refunded.
Students are especially encouraged to participate and may attend the Symposium at a reduced student registration rate.

For more information:

Contact us by email at conference2020@saaee.org.za, via the website’s contact form or at the SAAEE social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin)




Dec 01 2020 - Dec 02 2020


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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