Energy Ireland 2019 Conference Programme

Day 1: Thursday 20th June 2019

08.30 Morning Coffee & Registration

09.00 Chair's welcome and introduction:
  • Tanya Harrington, Head of Government Affairs and Regulation
    Powerscourt
09.05 CONFERENCE PLENARY: Ireland's Energy Future
  • MINISTERIAL ADDRESS:
    Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Priorities in European energy policy
    Megan Richards, Director of Energy Policy, DG Energy
    European Commission
  • Low carbon solutions through well-regulated networks and markets
    Paul McGowan, Chair
    Commission for Regulation of Utilities
  • Creating a cleaner energy future for Ireland
    Jim Gannon, CEO
    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

11.00 Morning Coffee / Networking Break

11.30
  • The UK experience of energy markets transition
    Dermot Nolan, CEO
    Ofgem


  • THE IRISH ENERGY LEADERS' DEBATE
  • CHAIR:
    Harry McGee, Political Correspondent, Irish Times

13.00 Conference Lunch

14.00 DRIVERS OF CHANGE IN THE ENERGY SECTOR
  • CHAIR:
    Tanya Harrington, Head of Government Affairs and Regulation
    Powerscourt
  • Climate: Driving Ireland’s energy transition
    Professor John FitzGerald, Chairman
    Climate Change Advisory Council
  • 2030 visions: Trends and challenges
    Sonya Twohig, Managing Director
    ENTSO-E
  • Developments in European Energy Policy
    Alex McLean, Partner
    Arthur Cox
  • Funding Ireland’s energy transition
    Cormac O’Rourke, Director of Corporate Finance
    Goodbody
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

15.30 Afternoon Coffee / Networking break

15.45 SESSION 1: FUTURE ROLE OF GAS
  • CHAIR:
    Tanya Harrington, Head of Government Affairs and Regulation
    Powerscourt

  • Developing Europe's gas infrastructure
    Boyana Achovski, Secretary General
    Gas Infrastructure Europe
  • Biomethane: Utilising existing gas networks
    Denis O'Sullivan, Managing Director
    Gas Networks Ireland
  • Introducing Liquefied Natural Gas to Ireland
    Gino Vansteenhuyse, Chief Executive
    Calor Gas
  • Natural gas in Ireland’s future energy mix in 2030
    Angus Paxton, Principal
    Pöyry Management Consulting
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

15.45 SESSION 2: DIGITAL ENERGY
  • CHAIR:
    Chris Martin, Partner
    Pinsent Masons
  • A datandriven world: Data strategy in the energy sector
    Chris Martin, Partner
    Pinsent Masons
  • The Digital Connected Utility
    Ashling Cunningham, Chief Information Officer
    Ervia
  • Meeting the challenge of digitalisation in the energy sector
    Sean Casey, Head of Energy and Assets
    EY Ireland
  • Cyber security and resilience in energy networks
    Dr Tadas Jakštas, Energy Security Expert
    The NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

17.00 Energy Ireland Drinks Reception

Day 2: Friday 21st June 2019

09.00 SESSION 1: DIMENSIONS OF IRELAND’S ENERGY TRANSITION
  • CHAIR: J Owen Lewis, Chair
    Energy Institute
  • Quantifying options for Irelands Energy Transition
    Brian Ó Gallachóir, Director
    MaREI Centre, University College Cork
  • Future mobility: The next wave for electric vehicles
    Markus Wilthaner, Associate Partner
    McKinsey & Company
  • Hydrogen Islands: Orkney’s energy system
    Jon Clipsham, Hydrogen Manager
    The European Marine Energy Centre Ltd
  • Irish market outlook for solar energy
    Michael McCarthy, CEO
    Irish Solar Energy Association
  • Climate action in transport
    James Cogan, Regulatory Affairs Manager
    Ethanol Europe
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

09.00 SESSION 2: ENERGY SECURITY
  • CHAIR: Úna Nic Giolla Choille, Principal Officer
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Security in a changing energy landscape
    Faye Bowser, Head of Distributed Energy Systems
    Siemens
  • Developing Ireland’s offshore oil and gas resources
    Matt Collins, Assistant Secretary, Natural Resources and Waste Policy
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Interconnection in a low carbon future
    Peter Lantry, Head of Interconnection
    EirGrid
  • Outlook for natural gas in Europe, UK and Ireland
    Patrick Heather, Senior Research Fellow
    Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

11.00 Morning Coffee / Networking Break

11.20 DIMENSIONS OF IRELAND’S ENERGY TRANSITION
  • CHAIR: J Owen Lewis, Chair
    Energy Institute
  • Elements of Ireland’s strategic energy policy
    Úna Nic Giolla Choille, Principal Officer
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • The outlook for carbon capture and storage technology
    Trude Sundset, CEO
    Gassnova
  • Energy storage and the potential for Ireland
    Tony Day, Director
    International Energy Research Centre
  • Creating new local energy community co-operatives
    Martin Hill, Electrical Engineering Lecturer
    Cork Institute of Technology
  • Vehicle-to-grid: Electric cars and the grid
    Miguel Ponce de Leon, Chief Architect
    TSSG
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

13.15 Networking Conference Lunch

14.00 CONFERENCE PLENARY: Irish Electricity Market Forum
  • CHAIR: Úna Nic Giolla Choille, Principal Officer
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Making the case for supporting renewable electricity
    Professor David Newbery, Deputy Independent Member
    SEM Committee
  • RESS: Support for renewable energy development
    Garrett Monaghan, Partner,
    Pinsent Masons
  • A consumer-centric approach to the energy transition
    Kevin Shiels, Director of Retail Markets
    Utility Regulator
  • Meeting the needs of energy consumers in a fast-changing environment
    John Walsh, Customer Solutions Manager
    ESB
  • Unlocking the potential of wind energy in Ireland
    David Connolly, CEO
    Irish Wind Energy Association
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

16.00 Chairman's Concluding Remarks and Conference Close