Irish Renewable Energy Summit 2021

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Irish Renewable Energy Summit 2021 About the conference

The Annual Irish Renewable Energy Summit provides 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.

Although there are a number of events on individual types of renewable energy, previous Renewable Energy Summits have demonstrated the need for a single event that brings together the whole renewable sector and, importantly, brings in the wider energy audience.

Conference themes Themes

The 2021 Summit comes at pivotal time, as the Programme for Government will see a step change in the development of renewables over the coming decade. This is reflected in the Summit programme content:

  1. Pathways to 7% GHG reduction ambition and role of renewable energy technologies
  2. Realising offshore wind target of 5GW by 2030
  3. Decarbonising Ireland’s gas network
  4. Renewable fuels in transport
  5. The potential for storage and hydrogen use in Ireland

Speakers Confirmed speakers

Eamon Ryan TD

Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications

Catharina Sikow-Magny Director, Green Transition and Energy System Integration Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission

William Walsh CEO Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Paul Cooley Director of Capital Projects SSE Renewables

Siobhan McCabe Partner and Head of Energy Philip Lee

Geertje Schuitema Associate Professor UCD

Laura Mehigan Researcher, Energy Policy and Modelling, MaREI Centre University College Cork

Anna Skowron Programme Manager, 100% Renewable Energy World Future Council

Ian McCracken Business Development Director Balcas Energy

Patricia Comiskey Ocean Energy Programme Manager Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

David Connolly CEO Wind Energy Ireland

Conall Bolger CEO Irish Solar Energy Association

Rory Monaghan Director, Energy Engineering Programme NUIG

John Melvin Director of Energy Networks and Smart Metering Commission for Regulation of Utilities

Format Conference format

We have invested in a professional online platform which will allow speakers and delegates to follow the normal structure of a conference. This will include:

  • Chair and speakers on screen during the session
  • Speakers will be able to use their PowerPoint slides and video
  • Interaction with senior audience through Q&A session, with delegates being able to post questions, moderated by the chair
  • A chat facility for delegates to make comments, moderated by Energy Ireland
  • Technical support throughout the event
  • A ‘handout’ facility will allow delegates to receive relevant documentation

Delegates will get a ‘conference experience’ that goes beyond the normal video conferencing meeting formats.

Programme Conference programme

09:00

Chair’s welcome and introduction
Owen McQuade Energy Ireland

09:05

The role of renewable energy in decarbonising Europe’s economy Catharina Sikow-Magny, Director, Green Transition and Energy System Integration European Commission

Renewable energy in Ireland: status and projections to 2030 William Walsh, Chief Executive Officer Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Ireland’s offshore wind energy ambition: Urgent action needed! Paul Cooley, Director of Capital Projects SSE Renewables

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS Ireland’s transition to a low carbon energy future Eamon Ryan, TD Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications

Question & answer session • Panel discussion

10:45

Comfort break

11:15

Energy regulatory outlook: Supporting the energy transition in Ireland John Melvin, Director of Energy Networks and Smart Metering Commission for Regulation of Utilities

The global transition to 100% renewable energy Anna Skowron, Programme Manager, 100% Renewable Energy World Future Council

The all-island electricity system in 2030 Laura Mehigan, Researcher, Energy Policy and Modelling, MaREI Centre University College Cork

RESS 1 and beyond: A review of the challenges and success of RESS 1 and the potential terms of future auctions Siobhan McCabe, Partner and Head of Energy Philip Lee

Question & answer session • Panel discussion

13:00

Lunch break

14:00

Developing Ireland’s ocean energy resources Patricia Comiskey, Ocean Energy Programme Manager SEAI

Attitudes towards and acceptance of renewable energy in Ireland Geertje Schuitema, Associate Professor UCD

The role of renewable hydrogen in Ireland’s future energy mix Rory Monaghan, Director, Energy Engineering Programme NUIG

Question & answer session • Panel discussion

15:00

Comfort break

15:15

Panel discussion Achieving Ireland’s renewable energy ambitions

  • David Connolly, CEO, Wind Energy Ireland
  • Conall Bolger, CEO, Irish Solar Energy Association
  • Ian McCracken, Business Development Director, Balcas Energy
16:00

Chair's concluding remarks and conference close

Sponsorship Sponsorship opportunities

There are a limited number of opportunities to become involved with this conference as a sponsor. 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. For further information on the remaining packages, contact us directly on +353 (0)1 661 3755 or email info@energyireland.ie.

Sponsors can avail of the following:

  • Opportunity to promote brand in front of a senior audience
  • Complimentary delegate places
  • Logo prominence on screen and on all conference material
  • Logo included on all online marketing
  • Opportunity to provide a handout which will be easily accessible to delegates via our online platform
  • Creation of a branded video shown to delegates on screen during the conference

Register Secure your place

Energy Ireland

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+353 (0)1 661 3755
info@energyireland.ie