The 2021 Grid of the Future (GOTF) Symposium will occur in October, either in-person or virtually, so please proceed with preparing full papers (no synopsis or abstract step with the GOTF) per the dates in the Call For Papers. The paper should be formatted using the Publication Guide. We are closely tracking the feasibility and safety of an in-person GOTF in October with the host utility National Grid, the State of Rhode Island, the host hotel, and our members, and will make a decision regarding in-person or virtual in late Spring.

Technology for the 21st Century Electric Utility

The Grid of the Future Symposium, sponsored by the CIGRE US National Committee (USNC) and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), with the theme Technology for the 21st Century Electric Utility, will be held October 17–20, 2021 in Providence, RI.

The Symposium, hosted by National Grid, will be a forum for the participants to discuss state-of-the-art innovations in generation, transmission, distribution, and innovative smart grid technologies.

Grid of the Future 2021 will feature plenary sessions, technical paper sessions, and tutorials by international experts. Contributions from Next Generation Network (NGN) young engineers are encouraged.

Call for Papers and Participation (PDF)

The symposium scope covers the following general topics:

Digitization & Big Data: Smart Cities, IEC 61850, IoT, Public vs. private networks, Fiber/WAN/FAN, Network and device management, Cyber-security, self-healing grid, and sensors

Clean Technologies: EV, Energy Efficiency, Smart Homes, Off-shore Wind, Distributed Generation Technologies, Smart Inverters, Energy Storage, Non-Wires Solutions

Innovative & Disruptive Technologies: Quantum Computing Applications in Power, Blockchain in Energy, Artificial Intelligence, Edge Computing, Digital Twin, Advanced Approaches for Detecting Downed Conductors, Autonomous Vehicles

Asset Management & People: Risk/Cost/Performance Modeling, Data Analytics, Failure Prediction, Transforming the Workforce

Transmission & Distribution Systems: Transmission Monitoring, T&D System Planning, HVDC, Distributed System Operator, Grid Modernization, ADMS, DERMS, DMS, DR, Microgrids & Islanding, Public Generation Availability and Energy Usage Maps


July 30, 2021
Complete manuscripts must be submitted by July 23, 2021 via email to The paper should be formatted in accordance with the CIGRE Publications Guide.

August 20, 2021
Notification of acceptance.

September 3, 2021
Deadline for submission of final paper with required changes.


The conference has reserved space for smart grid tutorials and panel sessions.

If you are interested in organizing a tutorial or panel session, please contact John McDonald, Technical Program Chair at

NGN Paper Competition

CIGRE-US National Committee Next Generation Network (NGN) is holding a synopsis (abstract) and paper competition to encourage students and early professionals to share their experience and knowledge with others in the industry.

April 24, 2020: Deadline to submit synopsis to the NGN Paper Competition.
Click here for more information.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Consider becoming a Platinum [$15,000], Gold [$10,000], Silver [$7,500], or Bronze [$5,000] sponsor for Grid of the Future! Additionally, you may choose to sponsor a breakfast, lunch, or evening reception during the symposium. Click here for more information.

Thank you for supporting Grid of the Future. Please contact Sharon Loe at if you’re interested in becoming a sponsor.

Grid of the Future 2020 is hosted by

Grid of the Future 2020 is sponsored by