Conference Programme

Irish Renewable Energy Summit 2018 Conference Programme

08.30 Morning Coffee & Registration

09.00 Chairman’s welcome and introduction
  • Ireland’s transition to a low carbon energy future
    Denis Naughten, TD,
    Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Renewables in the Irish Market: Medium to Long Term Perspective
    Jim Gannon, Chief Executive,
    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • Renewable energy in changing networks and markets
    Garrett Blaney, Commissioner
    Commission for Regulation of Utilities
  • The geopolitics of renewable energy
    Walt Patterson, Associate Fellow
    Chatham House
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

10.45 Morning Coffee / Networking Break

11.15
  • Renewable energy in Ireland’s future energy mix
    Professor Brian Ó Gallachóir, MaREI Centre, Environmental Research Institute
    University College Cork
  • Energy sector decarbonisation: a just transition
    John Reilly, Head of Development
    Bord na Móna PowerGen
  • Greenlink Interconnector - Facilitating decarbonisation and benefiting Irish consumers
    Michael O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer
    Element Power
  • Renewable electricity support scheme: European insights
    Ronan Doherty, Chief Executive Officer
    ElectroRoute
  • Enabling the decarbonisation of the Irish economy
    Mark Foley, Managing Director
    Coillte Land Solutions
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

13.00 Conference Networking Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

14.00 SESSION 1: RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES & INFRASTRUCTURE
  • Supporting renewable energy technologies
    Eamonn Confrey, Principal Officer
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Investing in renewables: Is our planning system fit for purpose
    Neil Walker, Head of Infrastructure
    Ibec
  • Offshore wind key to meeting Ireland’s energy targets
    Marian Troy, Head of Corporate Affairs
    SSE Ireland
  • The role of energy storage in markets
    Marek Kubik, Market Director
    Fluence Energy
  • The future role of solar energy in Ireland’s energy mix
    David Maguire, Founder Director
    BNRG Renewables
  • Questions & answer session / Panel discussion
  • 16.00 Conference close

14.00 SESSION 2: BIOENERGY & RENEWABLE HEAT
  • Chair: Tanya Harrington, Head of Government Affiars and Regulation
    Powerscourt
  • Developing renewable gas in Ireland
    Ian Kilgallon, Business Development and Innovation Manager
    Gas Networks Ireland
  • Delivering environmentally sustainable bioenergy
    Catherine Bowyer, Senior Policy Analyst
    Institute for European Environmental Policy
  • The outlook and challenges for renewable heat
    Matthew Clancy, Bioenergy and CHP Programme Manager
    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • Questions & answer session / Panel discussion
  • 16.00 Conference close