Irish renewable energy summit 2018
Significant progress has been made in transforming Ireland’s economy from one dominated by imported fossil fuels to a more indigenous, low carbon economy. Increasing Ireland’s electricity supply from renewable sources, mostly onshore wind, has been the major contributor to this transition. However, there are particular challenges in decarbonising both the transport and heating sectors and it is now looking probable that Ireland will not meet its 2020 targets on RES-H and RES-T. In addition, the European Union’s Clean Energy Package will drive the transition towards low carbon technologies post 2020. This will further increase the drive towards low carbon forms of energy production and there will be a review by the European Commission every two years post 2020 which will keep the focus on the progress of low carbon energy technologies.
A new wave of development
As we approach 2020 and beyond there will be increasing political pressure to ramp up the amount of energy from renewable sources. This is reflected in current policy initiatives. Renewable energy featured as a key element in Government’s Energy White paper. The outworking of the White Paper will see a new support scheme for renewable energy and a renewable heat incentive scheme (RHI). There will also be a renewed focus on sustainable transport, which will include electric vehicles. Any increase in renewable energy sources will come from a number of areas: wind onshore and offshore; solar; renewable gas; bioenergy; marine; renewable technologies.
Meeting future targets will require collective action and delivery from a range of policy areas. It will require action from across government, public sector agencies and the energy industry. The result will be a second era of renewable energy development that will take Ireland past the 2020 milestone. A lot of the focus will be on renewable heat and transport, but electricity from renewable energy sources will remain central to the transition to a low carbon economy, particularly if transport and heat see significant electrification.
This year’s Irish Renewable Energy Summit comes at a pivotal time in the transition of Ireland’s energy system towards a low carbon future and renewable energy source will be the main driver of that transition.
Plenary: Renewable energy in Ireland's energy transition
In the opening session of the summit, Irish Energy Minister Denis Naughten will set out his priorities for decarbonising the Irish economy. The session will look at the bigger picture and explore where Ireland is in terms of delivering on its renewable energy ambitions in all areas: electricity, heat and transport. Jim Gannon, CEO SEAI, will then look at the detail behind the deployment of renewable technologies across the electricity, heat and transport sectors. Professor Brian Ó Gallachóir will set the scene for the day’s discussions by detailing where Ireland’s is in terms of actual renewable energy capacity installed and where progress needs to be made. Visiting expert Walt Patterson from Chatham House think tank will give delegates an insight into the geopolitics of renewable energy. There will also be contributions from leaders within the renewable energy sector who will outline how we can deliver the capacity on the ground. This will include a presentation from John Reilly of Bord na Móna who are active in onshore wind, solar and biomass.
Renewable energy technologies and infrastructure
To date most of the renewable energy capacity has been delivered by onshore wind. This session will look at technologies, in addition to onshore wind, that will deliver the next phase of renewable capacity. Solar energy offers the most potential in terms of MW delivered in a short time horizon. Solar developer David Maguire will look at the potential for solar in Ireland. Eamonn Confrey from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment will present on supporting renewable energy technologies. Neil Walker from Ibec will pose the question: Is our planning system fit for purpose? Marian Troy from SSE Ireland will look at offshore wind’s role in Ireland’s energy targets. The role of energy storage in markets will also be examined by Paul McCusker from Fluence Energy.
Session: Bioenergy and renewable heat
This session will focus on the specific sectors of bioenergy and renewable heat. Speakers include Ian Kilgallon from Gas Networks Ireland who will focus on renewable gas and Matthew Clancy, SEAI who will examine the outlook and challenges for renewable heat. Visiting speaker Catherine Bowyer from the Institute for European Environmental Policy will present on delivering environmentally sustainable bioenergy.
This is why you need to be at the Irish Renewable Energy Summit 2018
Who you can expect to meet:
The summit will be of interest to senior managers and decisionmakers in the renewable energy sector. Delegates come from right across the sector and the wider energy community with a contingent from overseas. Delegates will include:
- Chief Executives, directors and senior managers in the energy sector
- Policy makers and regulators
- Renewable energy developers
- Engineering and technical consultants
- Legal and financial advisors
- Planning and environmental professionals
- Equipment suppliers
- Large energy users
Key themes covered:
- Continued role for onshore wind;
- Future potential of solar energy
- The growing importance of bioenergy;
- Financing low carbon technologies;
- Renewables in energy markets;
- The role of energy storage in facilitating renewables;
- The potential for biogas in Ireland;
Benefits of attending:
- Discuss the role of renewables in the energy transition
- Hear directly from developers of renewable energy
- Learn about innovative projects being implemented
- Network with other professionals across the renewable energy sector
The summit is structured in such a way to provide a high level of interaction between speakers and delegates. There will be plentiful opportunities for questions as well as discussion in each of the sessions. In the margins of the event there will also be ample scope for business development during the busy networking breaks which take place in our exhibition area.
There are a limited number of opportunities to become involved with this conference as an exhibitor. This is an excellent way for organisations to showcase their expertise and raise their profile with a key audience of senior decision makers from across Ireland’s renewable energy sector. This interactive, multi-stream conference provides an excellent opportunity for making contacts and networking. For further information on how your organisation can benefit, contact Claire Speers on +353 (0)1 661 3755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org