Energy Ireland 2021 Conference Programme

Towards a net zero carbon future

15, 16 AND 17 SEPTEMBER 2021 ∙ ONLINE

Day 1: Wednesday 15th September 2021

09.00 Chair's welcome and introduction:
  • Tanya Harrington
    Renewable Energy Ireland


09.05 TOWARDS A NET ZERO CARBON FUTURE
  • MINISTERIAL ADDRESS:
    Eamon Ryan, TD, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications
  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
    Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director
    International Energy Agency
  • A regulatory framework for Ireland’s energy transition
    Jim Gannon, Commissioner
    Commission for Regulation of Utilities
  • Living within our carbon budgets
    William Walsh, Chief Executive Officer
    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

11.00 Comfort Break

11.30
    THE IRISH ENERGY LEADERS’ DIALOGUE: DELIVERING NET ZERO
  • CHAIR:
    Tanya Harrington, Renewable Energy Ireland

  • Dave Kirwan, Managing Director, Bord Gáis Energy
  • John Reilly, Head of Renewable Energy, Bord na Móna
  • Cathal Marley, CEO, Ervia
  • Marguerite Sayers, Executive Director, ESB
  • Stephen Wheeler, Ireland Country Lead, SSE

Discussion topics:

• How significant is the challenge of delivering the net zero vision for 2050?
• Post-Covid, how can targeted investment in clean energy boost economic growth and create jobs while delivering a more resilient and cleaner energy system?
• What must be done to achieve the required step change in the delivery of renewable energy projects?
• What does the drive towards electrification mean for the decarbonisation of the economy?
• What role will the gas sector play in decarbonising the Irish energy system? What is the potential for hydrogen?
• To what extent does Ireland have the technology, the skills and the necessary investment to deliver a net zero energy system within 30 years?

13:00 Lunch / Comfort Break

14:00 DRIVERS OF CHANGE IN THE ENERGY SECTOR
  • CHAIR:
    Owen McQuade
    Energy Ireland

  • The value of energy: A new framework for the transition to net zero
    Catherine O’Brien, Energy Transition Lead
    Accenture Ireland
  • European policy and the energy transition
    Niamh McGovern, Partner
    Arthur Cox
  • Financing the energy transition
    Ciarán Flynn, Director
    Goodbody
  • Building blocks of the energy transition
    Brian Ó Gallachóir, Director,
    MaREI Centre, University College Cork
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

15.45 Afternoon Comfort Break

16.15 THE FUTURE OF ELECTRICITY NETWORKS
  • CHAIR:
    Owen McQuade
    Energy Ireland
    PANEL DISCUSSION
  • Eamonn Confrey, Principal Officer, Electricity Policy Division, DECC
  • Carlos Galvan, Council Member, Irish Energy Storage Association
  • Lisa Ryan, Professor, School of Economics, University College Dublin
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

17.15 Energy Ireland Day 1 Conference Close

Day 2: Thursday 16th September 2021

09.00 COP26 PANEL DISCUSSION: IMPLICATIONS FOR IRELAND
  • CHAIR: Owen Lewis
    Energy Institute
  • Rachel McEwen, Chief Sustainability Officer
    SSE
  • John FitzGerald, Member
    Climate Change Advisory Council
  • Oisín Coghlan, Director
    Friends of the Earth

09.30 Comfort Break

09:45 BUILDING BLOCKS IN IRELAND’S ENERGY TRANSITION
  • Flexibility, decarbonisation and the whole energy system transition
    Stephen Woodhouse, Director
    Afry
  • Achieving 40 per cent renewable heat by 2030
    Seán Finan, CEO
    Irish Bioenergy Association
  • Utilising the heat beneath our feet – geothermal energy and Ireland
    Sarah Blake, Senior Geologist
    Geological Survey Ireland
  • Delivering a brighter sustainable future
    Conall Bolger, CEO
    Irish Solar Energy Association
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

11.15 Comfort Break

11:45 UNLOCKING IRELAND’S OFFSHORE WIND
  • The inaugural offshore wind RESS auction
    Richard Murphy, Partner,
    Pinsent Masons
  • Moray East and Moray West: Community engagement and Offshore Wind Development
    Adam Morrison, Project Director,
    Ocean Winds
  • Overview of global offshore wind development
    Leo Quinn, Senior Offshore Development Manager
    Mainstream Renewable Power
  • Routes to market and further risk and cost reduction for high-share of offshore wind
    Nguyen Dinh, Senior Research Fellow
    MaREI Centre, University College Cork
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

13.15 Comfort Break

14.00 CONFERENCE PLENARY: FUTURE PERSPECTIVES TO 2050
  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
    Implementing the European Green Deal in the energy sector
    Kadri Simson
    EU Commissioner for Energy
  • Seizing our wind energy opportunity
    Noel Cunniffe, Chief Executive Officer
    Wind Energy Ireland
  • The global renewable energy transition
    Ute Collier, Head of Policy
    The International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Future outlook for fuels in a low carbon economy
    Kevin Mc Partlan, Chief Executive Officer
    Fuels for Ireland
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

16.00 Energy Ireland Day 2 Conference Close

Day 3: Friday 17th September 2021

09:00 DIGITALISING ENERGY FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
  • CHAIR: Owen McQuade
    Energy Ireland
  • Delivering the digital utility
    Ashling Cunningham, CIO,
    Ervia
  • Can blockchain technology provide helpful financial tools for renewable generators?
    Paul Cuffe, Assistant Professor
    UCD
  • Using a Systems-Thinking Approach to Protect our Energy Infrastructure
    Shaharyar Khan, Research Scientist
    MIT Sloan School
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

10.30 Morning Coffee

11:00 DECARBONISING GAS NETWORKS
  • Decarbonising Ireland’s gas network
    Claire Madden, Chief Legal Officer
    Ervia
  • The impact of the energy transition on natural gas
    Mike Fulwood, Senior Research Fellow
    Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
  • A hydrogen-led future
    Rory Monaghan, Director, Energy Engineering Programme
    NUI Galway & Hydrogen Ireland
  • A European outlook on biogas
    Susanna Pflüger , Secretary General
    European Biogas Association
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

13.00 Energy Ireland Conference Close