Energy Ireland 2018 Conference Programme

Day 1: Tuesday 19th June 2018

08.30 Morning Coffee & Registration

09.00 IRISH ENERGY LEADER'S FORUM
  • Chairman’s welcome and introduction:
    Gerry Walsh, Director
    Spruce Consulting
  • Creating a clean energy future for Ireland: dimensions of a solution
    Speaker tbc
    ESB
  • Offshore wind: the power to restore Ireland’s climate change reputation
    Stephen Wheeler, Managing Director
    SSE Ireland
  • Using the gas network to decarbonise Ireland’s economy: a strategic opportunity
    Mike Quinn, Chief Executive
    Ervia
  • Key trends towards 2030
    Jim Gannon, CEO
    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • Smart energy: satisfying the changing needs of customers
    Mark Prentice, Managing Director (Interim)
    Bord Gáis Energy
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

11.00 Morning Coffee / Networking Break

11.30 EXPLORING IRELAND'S ENERGY FUTURE
  • Energy transitions in Europe and the USA: lessons for Ireland
    Professor Graham Weale, Hon Professor of Energy Economics
    Ruhr University Bochum
  • Energy regulatory outlook in uncertain times
    Aoife MacEvilly, Commissioner
    Commission for Regulation of Utilities
  • Developments in European energy policy
    Alex McLean, Partner
    Arthur Cox
  • Renewable gas: A cleaner more sustainable choice
    Gino Vansteenhuyse, CEO
    Calor Gas
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

13.00 Conference Lunch

14.00 DRIVING THE ENERGY TRANSITION IN IRELAND
  • CHAIR:
    Gerry Walsh, Director
    Spruce Consulting
  • Will the National Development Plan survive climate change?
    Cormac O’Rourke, Director of Corporate Finance
    Goodbody
  • The agile future of energy: decarbonised, decentralised and digitalised
    Robert Klaffus, Senior Vice President & General Manager
    Siemens AG
  • Meeting the energy needs of corporate Ireland
    Kenneth Matthews, Senior Manager
    Amazon Web Services
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

15.15 - Afternoon Coffee / Networking break

15.45
  • Addressing climate change: A pathway to a low carbon future
    Professor John FitzGerald, Chairman,
    National Expert Advisory Council on Climate Change
  • Brexit: implications for the Irish energy sector
    Richard Murphy, Partner
    Pinset Masons
  • The Digital energy revolution
    Stephen Woodhouse, Chief Digital Officer,
    Pöyry Management Consulting
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

17.00 Energy Ireland Drinks Reception

Day 2: Wednesday 20th June 2018

09.00 MINISTERIAL ADDRESS:
  • Denis Naughten, TD    Denis Naughten, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment
09.30 SESSION 1: IRELAND’S FUTURE ENERGY SYSTEM
  • CHAIR: Dara Lynott, Chief Executive Officer
    Electricity Association of Ireland
  • Financing the low carbon economy
    Kirsty Hamilton, Associate Fellow
    Chatham House
  • Carbon capture and storage in Ireland
    Brendan Murphy, Director, Commercial & Regulation
    Ervia
  • Tomorrow’s energy infrastructure
    Robin McCormick, Director of Operations
    EirGrid plc
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

09.30 SESSION 2: SUSTAINABLE HEAT
  • CHAIR: Una Nic Giolla Choille, Principal Officer
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Renewable heat policy
    Kevin Brady, Principal
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (invited)
  • CHP as part of a sustainable energy future
    Hans Korteweg, Managing Director
    COGEN Europe
  • The prospects for renewable heat in Ireland
    Paul Deane, Energy Researcher, Environmental Research Institute
    University College Cork
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

10.45 Morning Coffee / Networking Break

11.15 SESSION 1: IRELAND’S FUTURE ENERGY SYSTEM
  • CHAIR: Dara Lynott, Chief Executive Officer
    Electricity Association of Ireland
  • Smart energy systems: The importance of connecting electricity, heating and transport with systems through wind
    David Connolly, CEO
    Irish Wind Energy Association
  • The role of interconnectors post-Brexit
    Odd Håkon Hoelsæter, Member
    SEM Committee
  • The future role of solar energy in Ireland’s energy mix
    David Maguire, Founder Director
    BNRG Renewables
  • Regulating energy markets in the transition to a low carbon economy
    Jenny Pyper, Chief Executive
    Utility Regulator
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

11.15 SESSION 2: ENERGY SECURITY
  • CHAIR: tbc
  • Ireland’s oil and gas prospects
    Pat Shannon, Chairman
    Irish Offshore Operators’ Association (invited)
  • Developing Ireland’s offshore oil and gas resources
    Matt Collins, Assistant Secretary, Natural Resources and Waste Policy,
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment (invited)
  • What price capacity? Implications for security of supply in the electricity market
    Andy Kelly, Senior Principal
    Pöyry Management Consulting
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

13.00 Networking Conference Lunch

14.00 CONFERENCE PLENARY: ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE
  • CHAIR: tbc
  • Optimally allocating renewable generation in Ireland: a long-term view until 2050
    Valentin Bertsch, Associate Research Professor
    Economic & Social Research Institute
  • Using location data in developing energy infrastructure
    Hugh Mangan, Marketing and Sales Manager
    Ordnance Survey of Ireland
  • Behavioural insights for sustainable energy decisions
    Karl Purcell, Programme Manager Behavioural Economics Unit
    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • County development plans relationship to future renewable energy development and energy efficiency
    Niall Cussen, Chief Planner
    Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (invited)
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

Chairman's Concluding Remarks and Conference Close