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Energy Ireland Conference 2021

Events Programme

Energy Ireland Conference 2021

15 - 17 Sep 2021

Event Duration

09:00 - 17:00

Event Description

Now in its 25th year, Energy Ireland Conference continues to be the major annual event on the Irish energy calendar, attracting influential delegates from across the sector.

In Ireland and beyond, 2021 represents a decisive moment in the transition to a net zero carbon future. Legislating for a total reduction of 51 per cent of emissions by 2030 and a national objective of climate neutrality “no later than 2050”, the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021 will establish a legal framework for Ireland to meet these targets, as well as its European and international commitments and obligations. Given the scale of the ambition to 2030 and beyond, this year’s conference will consider how the energy sector must respond; transforming how we generate and consume energy to deliver the transition.

Further information and register for the event HERE.

Delegate fee: €495 + VAT @ 23% = €608.85


Event Aims/Objectives

Energy Ireland, as a three-day conference, is designed to offer optimal opportunities for focused sessions which maximise discussion and debate. All-island in outlook, the conference seeks to comprehensively examine the latest developments across all components of the Irish energy sector, including: renewables; electricity; gas; energy markets and infrastructure; sustainability; and digital energy.


Key themes for the 2021 conference:

  • Implications of an Irish Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act
  • European energy policy outlook
  • Irish energy leaders’ debate: Electricity; heat; and transport
  • Future of energy markets
  • Decarbonising Ireland’s gas network
  • Heat in Ireland
  • Offshore wind: The Offshore Renewable Electricity Support Scheme
  • Digital energy
  • Renewable energy technologies: Solar; green hydrogen; and bioenergy
  • Climate leaders’ debate: energy; agriculture; and transport


This year’s speakers

  • Eamon Ryan, TD, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications
  • Jim Gannon, Commissioner - Commission for Regulation of Utilities
  • Kadri Simson - EU Commissioner for Energy
  • William Walsh, Chief Executive Officer - Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • Dave Kirwan, Managing Director - Bord Gáis Energy
  • John Reilly, Head of Renewable Energy - Bord na Móna
  • Cathal Marley, CEO - Ervia
  • Marguerite Sayers, Executive Director - ESB
  • Stephen Wheeler, Ireland Country Lead - SSE
  • Catherine O’Brien, Energy Transition Lead - Accenture Ireland
  • Niamh McGovern, Partner - Arthur Cox
  • Ciarán Flynn, Director - Goodbody
  • Brian Ó Gallachóir, Director - MaREI Centre, University College Cork
  • Tanya Harrington - Renewable Energy Ireland
  • Senior representative – ENTSO-E
  • Eamonn Confrey, Principal Officer, Electricity Policy Division - DECC
  • Carlos Galvan, Council Member - Irish Energy Storage Association
  • Lisa Ryan, Professor, School of Economics - University College Dublin
  • Rachel McEwen, Chief Sustainability Officer - SSE
  • John FitzGerald, Member - Climate Change Advisory Council
  • Oisín Coghlan, Director - Friends of the Earth
  • Stephen Woodhouse, Director - Afry
  • Seán Finan, CEO - Irish Bioenergy Association
  • Sarah Blake, Senior Geologist - Geological Survey Ireland
  • Conall Bolger, CEO - Irish Solar Energy Association
  • Richard Murphy, Partner - Pinsent Masons
  • Adam Morrison, Project Director - Ocean Winds
  • Leo Quinn, Senior Offshore Development Manager - Mainstream Renewable Power
  • Nguyen Dinh, Senior Research Fellow - MaREI Centre, University College Cork
  • Noel Cunniffe, Chief Executive Officer - Wind Energy Ireland
  • Ute Collier, Head of Policy - The International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Kevin McPartlan, Chief Executive Officer - Fuels for Ireland
  • Ashling Cunningham, CIO - Ervia
  • Paul Cuffe, Assistant Professor - UCD
  • Shaharyar Khan, Research Scientist - MIT Sloan School
  • Claire Madden, Chief Legal Officer - Ervia
  • Mike Fulwood, Senior Research Fellow - Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
  • Rory Monaghan, Director, Energy Engineering Programme - NUI Galway & Hydrogen Ireland
  • Susanna Pflüger, Secretary General - European Biogas Association