Energy Ireland 2017 Conference Programme

Day 1: Tuesday 13th June 2017

08.30 Morning Coffee & Registration

09.00
  • Chairman’s welcome and introduction:
    Gerry Walsh, Director
    Spruce Consulting
  • CONFERENCE PLENARY: IRISH ENERGY OUTLOOK: LOOKING BEYOND 2020
  • The energy utility in uncertain times
    David Kirwan, Managing Director,
    Bord Gáis Energy
  • The energy sector in a post-Brexit world
    Stephen Wheeler, Managing Director,
    SSE Airtricity
  • Tomorrow’s energy future
    Fintan Slye, Chief Executive
    EirGrid plc
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

10.20
ENERGY IRELAND INTERVIEW
  • Pat O'Doherty    Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive, ESB interviewed by Andrew Ward, Energy Editor, The Financial Times

11.00 Morning Coffee / Networking Break

11.30
    CONFERENCE PLENARY: EXPLORING IRELAND’S ENERGY FUTURE
  • Pathways to Ireland’s sustainable energy future
    Jim Gannon, CEO
    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • UK unplugged: Impact of Brexit on energy policy
    Antony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow
    Chatham House
  • Energy regulation in uncertain times
    Paul McGowan, Chairperson
    Commission for Energy Regulation
  • European energy policy perspectives
    Alex McLean, Partner
    Arthur Cox
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

13.00 Conference Lunch

14.00
  • MINISTERIAL ADDRESS:

    Denis Naughten, TD    Denis Naughten, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment
14.20 SESSION 1: INVESTING IN ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE IN UNCERTAIN           TIMES
  • CHAIR:
    Michael Manley, Assistant Secretary
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Regulation for future investment
    Jenny Pyper, Chief Executive,
    Utility Regulator
  • Investing in distributed energy systems
    Ralf Korntner, Director of Distributed Energy Systems,
    Siemens GB and Ireland
  • Delivering energy infrastructure projects
    Anthony Rourke, Director, Government and Infrastructure Advisory,
    EY
  • Questions & answer session / Panel discussion

14.20 SESSION 2: DISRUPTION IN ENERGY MARKETS
  • CHAIR:
    Gerry Walsh, Director
    Spruce Consulting
  • Market disruption in uncertain times
    Stephen Woodhouse, Director,
    Pöyry Management Consulting
  • Can electricity markets survive renewables?
    Cormac O’Rourke, Director of Corporate Finance
    Goodbody
  • Building an effective brand in energy markets
    Friðrik Larsen, CEO, LarsEn Energy Branding
    Associate Professor, University of Iceland
  • Questions & answer session / Panel discussion

Afternoon Coffee / Networking break

16.00 Roundtable discussion: HOW WILL BREXIT IMPACT ON IRISH ENERGY?

1. What are the key energy implications from Brexit?


2. What does Brexit mean for the Irish Single Electricity Market?

3. How will investment in interconnectors be affected?


4. Will Ireland’s energy security of supply be affected?

5. What does Brexit mean for EU energy and climate policy?

6. What are the implications of a Scottish secession for Irish energy policy?

Professor John FitzGerald, Chairman, National Expert Advisory Council on Climate Change

Professor John FitzGerald, Chairman, National Expert Advisory Council on Climate Change

Neil Walker, Head of Energy Policy, Ibec

Neil Walker, Head of Energy Policy, Ibec

Peter O'Shea, Head of Regulation and Strategy, ESB

Peter O'Shea, Head of Regulation and Strategy, ESB

Andrew Ward, Energy Editor, The Financial Times

Andrew Ward, Energy Editor, The Financial Times

17.00 Energy Ireland Drinks Reception

Day 2: Wednesday 14th June 2017

Delegates attending Day 2 of Energy Ireland® have the option of attending one of two parallel sessions, either looking at low carbon energy or energy security, which will focus on natural gas supply to Ireland and the future of the electricity network on the island. This will be followed by a session looking at digital energy which is becoming increasingly prevalent as energy networks become smarter. There is no need to pre-register for these sessions; this can be done on the day.

07.30
  • BREAKFAST BRIEFING: TOPIC TO BE CONFIRMED
09.15 SESSION 1: LOW CARBON ENERGY
  • CHAIR: Eamonn Confrey, Principal
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • European energy and climate policy: beyond the targets
    Marie Donnelly, former Director,
    DG Energy, European Commission
  • Options for a Low Carbon Power System by 2030
    John Reilly, Head of Powergen Development,
    Bord na Móna
  • Energy & Climate: Ireland in 2050
    Brian Ó Gallachóir, Director, Energy Policy and Modelling Research,
    University College Cork
  • Implementing the Clean Energy Package
    Kevin Brady, Principal,
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

09.15 SESSION 2: ENERGY SECURITY
  • CHAIR: Angus Paxton, Principal Consultant
    Pöyry
  • A long term future for gas to 2050? Potential Scenarios for the UK
    Duncan Michie, Director, Power and Utilities
    KPMG UK
  • Brexit's impact on gas markets
    Thierry Bros, Senior Research Fellow
    Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
  • Strengthening the all-island electricity network by 2020
    Conor Minogue, Senior Executive, Energy Policy
    Ibec
  • Locating Ireland's offshore natural gas resources
    Clare Morgan, Head of Technical Section, Petroleum Affairs Division
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

10.45 Morning Coffee / Networking Break

11.15 SESSION 1: LOW CARBON ENERGY
  • Steps to a low carbon future
    Owen Wilson, Chief Executive,
    Electricity Association of Ireland
  • Emerging low carbon technologies
    Samantha McCloskey, Director,
    Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Four possible futures for the Swedish energy system
    Åsa Tynell, Project Manager,
    Swedish Energy Agency
  • Onshore wind: driving low carbon electricity for the foreseeable future
    Gary Healy, CEO,
    Irish Wind Energy Association
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

11.15 SESSION 2: DIGITAL ENERGY
  • CHAIR: Andrew Parish, Partner
    IP Activation Group
  • Making the digital energy utility a reality
    Rodney Doyle, CIO
    EirGrid plc
  • Selecting the best communications for utility data
    Adrian Flewitt, Vice President, Technical Solutions, EMEA & AP
    Sensus
  • Cybersecurity for energy companies
    Colin Reilly, Director, Performance Improvement, Advisory,
    EY
  • A smarter grid for secure, sustainable, affordable energy
    Keith Bell, ScottishPower Professor of Smart Grids
    University of Strathclyde
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

13.00 Networking Conference Lunch

  • LOCKNOTE SPEAKER

    Energy Democracy: Germany's energiewende to renewables

    Arne Jungjohann    ARNE JUNGJOHANN, Author of Energy Democracy and Former Ministerial Advisor
14.30 CONFERENCE PLENARY: PLANNING FOR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE
  • CHAIR: Tanya Harrington, Head of Government Affairs and Regulation
    Powerscourt
  • Planning law in the context of energy infrastructure projects
    Garret Farrelly, Partner & Head of Energy and Infrastructure,
    Matheson
    Nicola Dunleavy, Partner Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution,
    Matheson
  • Community participation in the energy
    Kate Ruddock, Policy and Campaigns Manager,
    Friends of the Earth
  • Ireland 2050: Informing the citizen
    David Taylor
    Energy Institute
  • Engaging communities: planning for energy infrastructure
    Prof Geraint Ellis, Chair of Environmental Planning
    Queen’s University Belfast
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

17.00 Chairman's Concluding Remarks and Conference Close