Energy Ireland 2020 Conference Programme

Delivering Ireland’s decade of decarbonisation
Online conference 07, 08 and 09 October 2020

Day 1: Wednesday 07 October 2020

09.00 Chair's welcome and introduction:
  • Owen McQuade
    Energy Ireland
09.05 CONFERENCE PLENARY: Ireland's Energy Future
  • MINISTERIAL ADDRESS:
    Eamon Ryan, TD, Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport
  • Energy priorities of the European Commission
    Kadri Simson
    EU Commissioner for Energy (invited)
  • A regulatory framework for Ireland’s energy transition
    Aoife MacEvilly, Commissioner
    Commission for Regulation of Utilities
  • Creating a cleaner energy future for Ireland
    William Walsh, Chief Executive
    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • Climate: Driving Ireland’s energy transition
    Professor John FitzGerald, Chairman
    Climate Change Advisory Council
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

11.00 Morning Break

11.30
    THE IRISH ENERGY LEADERS' DEBATE
  • CHAIR:
    Owen McQuade, Energy Ireland

  • Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive, ESB
  • Dave Kirwan, Managing Director, Bord Gáis Energy
  • Stephen Wheeler, Ireland Country Lead, SSE
  • Cathal Marley, Chief Executive Officer, Ervia
  • Mark Foley, CEO, EirGrid

Discussion topics:

• What are the key priorities for decarbonising Ireland’s energy sector?
• How is your organisation helping to deliver the Government’s Climate Action plan?
• How will the economic fallout as a result of Covid-19 impact on the energy transition?
• What will be the future role of natural gas in Ireland’s future energy mix? Will CCS have a role to play?
• How do we decarbonise the transport sector? What is the solution for heavy freight?
• From your perspective, what should now be the priority for policy makers?

13.00 Lunch Break

14:00 Conference plenary: Drivers of change in the energy sector
  • CHAIR:
    Owen McQuade
    Energy Ireland

  • The EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework
    Alex McLean, Head of the Energy, Renewables & Natural Resources
    Arthur Cox
  • Coordinating European energy policy priorities
    Paula Pinho, Head of Unit, Energy Policy Coordination
    Directorate-General Energy, European Commission
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

15.30 Afternoon break

15.45 Conference Plenary: Energy markets
  • CHAIR:
    Owen McQuade
    Energy Ireland

  • Legal aspects of corporate power purchase agreements
    Ronan Lambe, Legal Director
    Pinsent Masons
  • Balancing the demands for both low cost and low carbon energy
    Ian Thompson, Principal
    Economic insight
  • Supporting renewable energy in Ireland’s energy market
    Speaker tbc
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Enhanced electricity markets to support high levels of variable renewable generation: bridging the gap between economics and engineering
    Muireann Lynch, Research Officer
    ESRI
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

17.00 Energy Ireland day 1 ends

Day 2: Thursday 08 October 2020

Delegates attending Day 2 of Energy Ireland will have the opportunity to engage with two morning sessions looking at the building blocks of Ireland’s energy transition and decarbonising the gas network. The afternoon session will focus on deploying new energy technologies.

09.00 Conference plenary: Building blocks of Ireland’s energy transition
  • CHAIR: Owen McQuade
    Energy Ireland
  • Powering a climate-neutral economy in Europe
    Antonio Lopez-Nicolas Baza, Deputy Head of Unit, Renewables and CCS Policy
    DG Energy
  • Net zero CO2 energy system pathways for Ireland and the 7% ambition
    Brian Ó Gallachóir, Director
    MaREI Centre, University College Cork
  • Working towards ‘net zero’ in the UK
    Emma Pinchbeck, Chief Executive
    Energy UK
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

11.00 Morning Break

11.30 Decarbonising the gas network
  • CHAIR: Owen McQuade,
    Energy Ireland
  • Power-to-X in transport
    Tudor Constantinescu, Principal Advisor to the Director General
    DG Energy (invited)
  • Power-to-gas: The German Experience
    Christian Friebe, Energy Policy Specialist
    Thüga
  • The future of biomethane
    David McKee, CTO
    Granville Eco Park
  • The changing dynamics of the Irish gas market
    Brian Mullins, Head of Regulatory Affairs
    Gas Networks Ireland
  • Driving renewable hydrogen deployment in Ireland
    Rory Monaghan, Director Energy Systems Engineering
    NUIG
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

13.00 Lunch Break

14.00 Conference plenary: Deploying new energy technologies
  • CHAIR: Owen McQuade,
    Energy Ireland
  • The role of hydrogen fuel cells in the decarbonisation of transport
    Nicolas Pocard, Director of Marketing
    Ballard
  • Offshore wind energy to large-scale hydrogen production: technology and markets
    Nguyen Dinh, Eirwind Project Manager
    MaREI Centre, University College Cork
  • Towards giga-storage: How utility-scale battery storage is scaling to enable a renewable grid
    Marek Kubik, Market Director
    Fluence
  • SPIRE2 project: roles for energy storage in the cross border territory
    Paul MacArtain, Researcher
    Centre for Renewable Energy, DKIT
  • Unlocking the potential: Ireland’s offshore wind resources
    Peter Caluwaerts, Project Director
    Parkwind
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

16.00 Energy Ireland day 2 ends

Day 3: Friday 09 October 2020

09.00 Conference plenary: Heat in Ireland
  • CHAIR: Owen McQuade
    Energy Ireland
  • Heat policy in the commercial and public sectors
    Kevin Brady, Principal Officer, Business Energy and Gas Policy
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • The Swedish model for fossil free district heating
    Paul Westin, Senior Business Developer International Markets
    Swedish Energy Agency
  • Ireland’s first large-scale district heating networks
    Donna Gartland, CEO
    Codema
  • Community engagement: Lessons from Dingle Peninsula 2030
    Deirdre de Bhailís, Manager
    Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

11.00 Morning Break

11.30 Conference plenary: Digital energy
  • CHAIR: Owen McQuade,
    Energy Ireland
  • Challenges and opportunities facing energy utilities in the digital age
    Mary O’Connor, CIO
    ESB
  • Technology and decarbonising the electricity grid on the island of Ireland
    Presented by
    Smart Grid Ireland
  • Protecting energy infrastructure from cyberattack
    Stuart Madnick, Professor of Information Technologies
    MIT Sloan School
  • The future digital energy utility
    Speaker tbc
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

13:15 Energy Ireland conference close