Irish Renewable Energy Summit 2020 Conference Programme

08.30 Morning Coffee & Registration

  • Chair's welcome and introduction
    Marie Donnelly, Chair
    Renewable Energy Ireland
  • Projections to 2030: Renewable energy outlook
    William Walsh, Chief Executive Officer
    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • Offshore and Onshore Wind: the power to achieve Ireland’s 2030 Climate Action targets
    Paul Cooley, Director of Capital Projects
    SSE Renewables
  • Getting to 70 per cent
    David Connolly, CEO
    Irish Wind Energy Association
  • Copenhagen: 100% renewable gas by 2025
    Finn Mortensen, Director
    State of Green, Denmark
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

10.45 Morning Coffee / Networking Break

  • Decarbonising electricity: a key facet of the Climate Action Plan
    Eamonn Confrey, Principal Officer
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Delivering 15% of electricity demand from renewable sources under PPAs
    Richard Murphy, Partner and Head of Energy (Ireland)
    Pinsent Masons
  • Vision 2050 and Negative Emissions
    Brendan Murphy, Commercial & Regulatory Director
  • Power-to-Gas: Enabling sector coupling
    Martin Lambert, Senior Research Fellow
    Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
  • Energy regulatory outlook: Supporting the energy transition in Ireland
    Jim Gannon, Commissioner
    Commission for Regulation or Utilities
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

13.00 Conference Networking Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

SESSION 1: Future outlook for renewable energy
  • Chair
    Phil Hemmingway, Head of Low Carbon Technologies
    Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland
  • Whole system thinking to create an integrated smart energy infrastructure for Ireland
    David Noronha, Project Director
    SSE Enterprise – Distributed Energy
  • Pathways to the 2030 renewable electricity target
    Brian Ó Gallachóir, Professor of Energy Engineering
    UCC & Director of SFI MaREI Centre
  • The role of interconnectors in meeting Ireland’s Renewable Energy Targets
    Nigel Beresford, CEO
    Greenlink Interconnector Limited
  • The need for speed: Ireland’s first super-fast grid battery
    Dr Marek Kubik, Market Director
  • Questions & answer session / Panel discussion
SESSION 2: Bioenergy
  • Chair
    Marie Donnelly, Chair
    Renewable Energy Ireland
  • Developing a large scale anaerobic digester bioenergy project
    Peter Baillie, Managing Director
    Energia Renewables
  • Net zero carbon for heat? England and Scotland
    Janette Webb, UKERC Co-Director & Professor of Sociology of Organisations
    University of Edinburgh
  • Renewable hydrogen is ready for take-off
    Rory Monaghan
    NUI Galway and Hydrogen Ireland
  • The outlook and challenges for advanced biofuels
    Charlotte Stead, Senior Policy Advisor
    Department for Transport
  • Questions & answer session / Panel discussion

16.00 Chair's Concluding Remarks and Conference Close