Irish Renewable Energy Summit 2019

Ireland faces a significant challenge in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Although there has been solid progress in increasing Ireland’s electricity production from renewable sources, onshore wind development has been the major contributor. The first phase of development in renewable technologies was dominated by onshore wind and in early 2019 we will see the introduction of a new Renewable Energy Support Scheme for electricity (RESS-E). The next phase of development should see more onshore wind and an advance in the development of offshore wind, solar, bioenergy and other emerging technologies. With most of the progress in the electricity sector, there are particular challenges in decarbonising both the transport and heating sectors and 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. The new support scheme for renewable electricity and a renewable heat incentive scheme (RHI) will support further development of the sector. There will also be a renewed focus on sustainable transport, which will include electric vehicles and compressed natural gas vehicles.

Accelerating renewable energy development

The 2019 Irish Renewable Energy Summit will look at where Ireland is in terms of delivering renewable energy to meet its climate commitments. We are in many ways starting the second phase of development, with the first phase being mostly focused on onshore wind. The summit will focus on the key elements of the next phase:

  • What scale of development will be required?
  • What technologies will play a part in future development?
  • How can the electricity market facilitate increasing levels of renewable sources?
  • What role will the corporate sector have in encouraging the uptake of renewable energy?
  • What will the future regulatory framework look like in a world of increased renewables?
  • What are the barriers to offshore wind development?
  • What role will solar energy have in Ireland?
  • How do we harvest the potential of bioenergy in Ireland?
  • What is happening to increase the proportion of renewable heat in the energy mix?
  • Are we on the cusp of a renewable transport revolution?

The Renewable Energy Summit will provide a valuable opportunity to bring together the key stakeholders from across the energy sector, and those who interact with the energy sector to discuss how the contribution from renewable energy can be maximised and implemented most effectively. The objective is to create a genuine in-depth understanding of the alternative paths open to Ireland in increasing the contribution from renewable energy.

Speakers include:

Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Antony Froggatt Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House

Antony Froggatt Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House

Jim Gannon, Chief Executive, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Jim Gannon, Chief Executive, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Tanya Harrington Head of Government Affairs and Regulation, Powerscourt

Tanya Harrington, Head of Government Affairs and Regulation, Powerscourt

Aoife MacEvilly, Commissioner, Commission for Regulation of Utilities

Aoife MacEvilly Commissioner, Commission for Regulation of Utilities

Richard Murphy, Partner, Head of Energy (Ireland), Pinsent Masons

Richard Murphy Partner, Head of Energy (Ireland), Pinsent Masons

James Glynn, Energy Researcher, Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork

James Glynn,Energy Researcher, Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork

Stephen Wheeler, Managing Director, SSE Ireland

Stephen Wheeler Managing Director, SSE Ireland

Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

Marion Labatut, Director Policy Issues, Eurelectric

Marion Labatut, Director Policy Issues, Eurelectric

This is why you need to be at the Irish Renewable Energy Summit 2019

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 issues for the 2019 summit:

  • Renewable energy policy
  • Next phase of onshore wind development
  • Supporting renewable heat
  • Developing Ireland’s offshore wind resources
  • Future role of solar energy
  • How energy storage will support renewables
  • Financing renewable energy

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

Networking

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.

Exhibition opportunities:


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 Olivia Carragher on +353 (0)1 661 3755 or email olivia.carragher@energyireland.ie