The 17th Conference on Electric Power Supply Industry (CEPSI 2008) was hosted by Companhia Electricidade de Macau (CEM).
The 17th Conference of the Electric Power Supply Industry (CEPSI) was held from 27 to 31 of October 2008, at the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel. The Venetian Hotel has the largest casino in the world. At the same time it offers 100,000 square meters of flexible convention and exhibition facilities that made it an excellent venue for the conference panels , paper sessions and exhibition.
The Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) is a part of China's territory. It is located on the Southeast coast of China to the western bank of the Pearl River Delta. Bordering on Guangdong Province, it is 60 km from Hong Kong and 145 km from the city of Guangzhou.
The main theme of the conference was "Power Sector in a Fast Climate Changing World". It highlighted the complex challenges our industry faces - the balancing act of providing energy but at the same time being mindful of our impact on the environment.
Nearly 600 abstracts from 30 countries around the world covering various technical, commercial and management topics were received by the technical committee.
The selected papers were presented at concurrent Technical Sessions - either as oral or poster presentations. Technical Visits were an important part of the CEPSI Conference & Exhibition and provided a great opportunity for the more than 1200 delegates to visit key utilities and meet people actively involved in a variety of projects.
The participants in the conference were divided in ten groups that visited substations or power plants owned by utilities in Macao, Hong Kong and China.
The conference program included seven panel discussions focusing on some of the key issues for our industry:
The conference program included not only technical events. Various entertainment performances were offered during several social functions. It culminated with the Cultural Night when the participants attended a Cirque du Soleil show - the ZAIA - at the Venetian.
During the conference the winner of the CEPSI 2000 Photography Contest was announced - Xiao Zhiwen for his picture "Colorful earth."