Irish Renewable Energy Summit 2019 Conference Programme

08.30 Morning Coffee & Registration

  • Chair's welcome and introduction
    Tanya Harrington, Head of Government Affairs & Regulation,
  • Renewables in the Irish Market: Medium to Long Term Perspective
    Jim Gannon, Chief Executive
    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • Ireland’s offshore wind resources delivering renewable energy
    Stephen Wheeler, Managing Director
  • The power of flexibility: electricity networks in a world of low cost renewables
    Antony Froggatt, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources
    Chatham House
  • A generator’s journey under competitive auctions
    Richard Murphy, Partner, Head of Energy (Ireland)
    Pinsent Masons
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

10.45 Morning Coffee / Networking Break

  • Energy regulatory outlook: Supporting the energy transitions in Ireland
    Aoife MacEvilly, Commissioner
    Commission for Regulation of Utilities
  • Overview of renewable heat and transport policyt
    Kevin Brady, Principal Officer
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (invited)
  • Zero carbon energy systems consistent with the Paris Agreement
    James Glynn, Energy Researcher
    Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork
  • The importance of electrification in achieving a low carbon society
    Marion Labatut, Director Policy Issues
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

13.00 Conference Networking Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

  • Green Bonds: Investing in renewable energy
    Sean Kidney, Co-Founder & CEO
    Climate Bonds Initiative
  • The future potential of solar energy in the Irish market
    Nick Holman, Director
    BNRG Renewables
  • The role of large-scale energy storage in future high renewables systems
    Damian Flynn, Associate Professor,
    University College Dublin (invited)
  • MINISTERIAL ADDRESS: Ireland’s transition to a low carbon energy future
    Richard Bruton, TD
    Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Questions & answer session / Panel discussion

15.30 Afternoon Coffee / Networking Break

  • Panel Discussion - The future outlook for renewable energy
  • Panel Questions

    1. What role will renewable technologies play in meeting Ireland’s emissions targets? What will be the main technologies deployed?

    2. What impact will Brexit have on renewable energy development on the island of Ireland?

    3. How should we develop electricity markets to cope with higher levels of intermittent renewables?

    4. What role will energy storage have in facilitating increasing renewables? How should energy storage be remunerated?

    5. How can Ireland meet its renewable heat targets? What changes need to be made?

    6. What needs to be done to allow the development of Ireland’s offshore renewable resources, including offshore wind, wave and tidal?

    7. What will be the future role of solar energy in Ireland? How will the deployment of small scale solar change our energy system?

    8. How do we accelerate renewable energy sources in the transport sector?

  • Questions & answer session / Panel discussion

16.30 Chair's Concluding Remarks and Conference Close