(1) Power System Planning: new methodologies, criteria and experiences; expansion planning for generation and transmission considering uncertainties; risk analysis; criteria for energy supply guarantees; cost/benefit analysis and system reliability criteria; energetic operation planning and programming; impact of integrated energetic planning in the power system expansion; system planning issues and best practices for scenarios related to long distance/continental scale systems; coordinated planning with evolving smart and active distribution system; future requirements, sources and ec onomics a ssociated with ancillary services. New technologies for reactive power compensation;
(2) Challenges Faced by Power System Planners due to the Rapid Growth of lnterconnected Power Systems and Challenges to Expand lnternational lnterconnections: technical, economical and institutional aspects; transnational electric interconnections;
(3) Sustainable Development of Power Systems: Regulatory aspects related to environmental legislation; new methodologies for evaluating and monitoring social-environmental impacts and sustainability; social and environmental aspects and its relation to the expansion planning and the electrical operation; multiple uses of water; climate change issues and its relations with power sector planning and electrical operation (vulnerability, resilience, adaptation, GHG emission reduction).
(4) Energy Policy and Regulatory Framework: public and private financing of generation and transmission projects; energy matrix diversification: renewable, clean and low carbon sources; tariff issues; energy price composition, energy auctions: experience and results; energy security; methods for reducing technical and commercial losses; investment opportunities, aspects of open access.