Day 1 - Tuesday 27 November
09:00
REGISTRATION - Includes complimentary refreshments
09:55
Housekeeping
10:00
Opening Address: Michael McCarthy, CEO, ISEA
10:15
Keynote presentation
10:30
EU Policy Framework
Marie Donnelly , European Commission
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Policy

Presentation

EU Policy Framework


Speaker

Marie Donnelly

Director at European Commission


Ms Marie Donnelly   currently works   with the European Commission in the Directorate General for Energy as   Director for Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency.

Previously, Ms. Donnelly worked with the European Commission in the   Employment and Social Affairs Directorate General as Director for Resources   and Communication and in the Directorate General for Enterprise in the area   of Industrial policy in Pharmaceuticals - Human and veterinary medicinal   products. She also served as Head of unit for European Social Fund Policy,   Coordination in the EQUAL Community Initiative, and was Head of the unit   Equality for women and men.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Donnelly worked as Industry Group   Director with the Federation of Irish Chemical Industries in Dublin, Ireland.

10:45
National Policy
11:00
Panel discussion with additional speakers: Bruce Douglas SolarPower Europe/Eamon Ryan, Leader, Green Party/Timmy Dooley, TD, Fianna Fail
11:20
Coffee Break
11:45
ISEA's Response to RESS
David Maguire, Irish Solar Energy Association
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RESS

Presentation

ISEA's Response to RESS


Speaker

David Maguire

Chairman at Irish Solar Energy Association


David Maguire, Chairman, ISEA Speaker Bio David Maguire is Founder and Director of BNRG Renewables, which he set up in 2007 as a renewable energy development company specialising in utility scale solar PV projects. The Company develops, constructs and is owner operator of large scale solar projects. BNRG has developed and constructed a significant portfolio of projects with a value in excess of £200m and has operations in four countries across three continents. The Company has a development portfolio of over 400MW in the US and Republic of Ireland. An environmental scientist by profession (BSc, MA and MSc), David has over 20 years' experience in the environmental and renewable energy sectors. He has been Chairman of Irish Solar Energy Association since 2013 and a founding member of the European Industry AFASE Group.

12:00
RESS
Eamonn Confrey , DCENR
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RESS

Presentation

RESS

This presentation's abstract will be available shortly.

Speaker

Eamonn Confrey

Assistant Principal at DCENR


Eamonn Confrey is the Principal Officer, Decarbonisation Policy Division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE), where he is responsible for promoting the sustainability of energy supply and demand, and by delivering progressively on renewable energy targets, in line with the National Renewable Energy Action Plan. He was previously head of the Energy Security Division. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from University College Dublin and a Higher Diploma in Information Technology from NUI, Maynooth.

12:15
Auction Design
Nick Holman, BNRG Renewables Ltd
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RESS

Presentation

Auction Design


Speaker

Nick Holman

Director at BNRG Renewables Ltd


Prior to joining BNRG, Nick spent 17 years working in Asia, Europe and the Middle East as an International Manager for the HSBC Group. During this time, Nick has performed a diverse number of senior roles including running HSBC’s Trade and Supply Chain business in Paris, project managing the establishment of a Business Process Outsourcing centre in the Philippines and leading HSBC’s global trade finance transformation project in Hong Kong. He completed the Mid-Career Master’s in Public Administration programme at the Harvard Kennedy School where he focused on Infrastructure Finance, Innovation and Microfinance. Nick also holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin.

12:30
Panel discussion with additional speaker Sean Kelly
13:00
Lunch
14:00
Market Summary
Peter Kavanagh, Highfield Solar
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Market

Presentation

Market Summary


Speaker

Peter Kavanagh

Director at Highfield Solar


Peter specialises in the pre-construction and grid connection of renewable energy projects. Peter has over 15 years of experience working in the power generation sector in Ireland and was formerly Managing Director of Wind Prospect Ireland who have constructed over 20% of the national installed wind energy capacity.

14:15
Electricity Market
Hugh Mullany, Mullany Engineering Consultancy
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Market

Presentation

Electricity Market


Speaker

Hugh Mullany

Joint Owner at Mullany Engineering Consultancy


Mullany Engineering Consultancy (MEC) provides analysis, advice and project management to support your needs. The company has been in operation since 2003 across all areas of the all-island Irish energy industry, with over 90 clients domestic and international, wholesale and retail. The company’s focus is to bring clients' electricity and renewable energy products to the all-island markets in Ireland and Northern Ireland in a lean, adaptable manner. If markets need to change to fit your product, MEC advises what is feasible, and guides you through that process.

14:30
Grid Status Summary
Rory Mullan, MullanGrid Consulting
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Market

Presentation

Grid Status Summary


Speaker

Rory Mullan

Director at MullanGrid Consulting


Rory Mullan is a senior consultant and director of MullanGrid Consulting.

A qualified Electrical Engineer, Rory has worked in the Irish Electricity Industry for over 15 years in various commercial and technical roles in utility and consultancy sectors. Rory is also a member of IWEA, NIRIG & ISEA Grid Committees.

14:45
Presentation TBC
Conall Bolger, Cornwall Insight
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Market

Presentation

Presentation TBC

This presentation's abstract will be available shortly.

Speaker

Conall Bolger

Head of Ireland at Cornwall Insight


Conall is Cornwall Insight’s Head of Ireland with over 10 years’ experience in the Irish energy sector across a range of consultancy, management and regulatory roles. He has worked with a wide variety of Irish companies and organisations ranging from independent renewables developers and utility players to regulators in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Conall is expert in regulatory affairs and wholesale energy markets. His experience in those spaces includes new market entry, regulatory engagement, programme management, commercial negotiation, and energy policy development and assessment.


15:10
Presentation TBC
Garry Connolly , Host In Ireland
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Datacentre Session

Presentation

Presentation TBC

This presentation's abstract will be available shortly.

Speaker

Garry Connolly

President at Host In Ireland


Garry is the President and Founder of Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland, and winner of the Datacloud Europe 2016 award for Innovative Data Center Location. He is also Co-chair of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Awareness Coalition, a not-for-profit initiative designed to raise awareness of the data privacy obligations for companies resulting from the implementation of the GDPR, and winner of the Think Global Forum 2017 Community award.

15:45
Coffee Break
16:05
Presentation TBC
Andrew Lycett , Sungrow Power Supply
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Commercial Rooftop Session

Presentation

Presentation TBC

This presentation's abstract will be available shortly.

Speaker

Andrew Lycett

Global Account Manager at Sungrow Power Supply


Andrew Lycett has over 7Yrs experience in the Solar PV industry. Having previously worked in the electronics and telecoms sectors, Lycett moved to the Solar industry in 2011. He is now a Global Account Manager for the leading PV inverter Manufacturer, Sungrow. Lycett holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Birmingham.

16:35
Presentation TBC
Gearóid Fitzgibbon, Tipperary Energy Agency
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Community Session

Presentation

Presentation TBC

This presentation's abstract will be available shortly.

Speaker

Gearóid Fitzgibbon

Director at Tipperary Energy Agency


Gearóid is a self-employed specialist in community development and community energy. He provides mentoring services to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s Sustainable Energy Communities Programme. As a community organizer Gearóid has spearheaded initiatives using energy as a driver of local economic development, including Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative, and the Tipperary Green Business Network. In 2009 while a human rights accompanier in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, he was inspired by the solidarity work of Israeli and Palestinian engineers installing renewable energy in rural communities in the south West Bank. Gearóid holds a Masters in Third Sector Management from UCC, and is a certified mediator with The Mediator’s Institute of Ireland.

17:10
Presentation TBC
David Connolly, IWEA
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Industry Summary

Presentation

Presentation TBC

This presentation's abstract will be available shortly.

Speaker

David Connolly

CEO at IWEA


Dr. David Connolly is CEO of the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) which is Ireland’s largest renewable energy association, representing over 100 different organisations. IWEA works with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to build understanding and awareness of the benefits of Irish wind and renewable energy, and to ensure that Irish wind energy continues to provide clean, cost effective electricity to communities, businesses, factories and homes across Ireland. Previously, David served as Head of Policy in IWEA from May 2017 to March 2018, where he developed policies that promoted wind energy in Ireland, engaged with external stakeholders, managed IWEA’s policy committees, and represented the wind industry’s views at events. His responsibilities at the time related to electricity markets, electricity networks, wind farm planning, and strategic energy policy. Before that, David was an Associate Professor in Energy Planning at Aalborg University in Copenhagen where his research focused on the design and assessment of 100% renewable energy systems for electricity, heat, and transport. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 2007 and completed a PhD in energy modelling in 2011, both at the University of Limerick. More information is available on his website: www.dconnolly.net.

17:45
Conference Networking Reception and Drinks sponsored by Engie Fabricom
20:00
ISEA Annual Dinner (Attendance by ticket only) in players' lounge
Keynote presentation
Day 2 - Wednesday 28 November
09:00
REGISTRATION - Includes complimentary refreshments
09:55
Housekeeping
10:00
Special guest
10:15
ECP-1
Donal Smith, Galetech Energy Services (GES)
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Grid

Presentation

ECP-1


Speaker

Donal Smith

Grid Specialist at Galetech Energy Services (GES)


Donal holds a masters degree in power systems engineering from Helsinki University of Technology. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the GES team having worked as grid connection s manager on over 500MW of development and construction projects over the past 12 years with SWS, Bord Gais and Brookfield. Donal is heavily involved in policy development and sits on the IWEA grid committee.

10:30
ECP and innovation
Clare Duffy , ESB Networks
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Grid

Presentation

ECP and innovation

This presentation's abstract will be available shortly.

Speaker

Clare Duffy

Smart Customer Access and Distribution Planning Manager at ESB Networks


Clare Duffy is Asset Investment Manager for ESB Networks and is a chartered engineer with almost 20 years experience working in the power industry. ESB Networks are the licensed operators of the electricity distribution system in the Republic of Ireland and are responsible for building, operating, maintaining and developing the electricity network and serving all electricity customers across the country.

Clare is responsible for planning asset investments to maintain safety and security of supply on the national electricity distribution network. This includes plans for the connection of medium/large customers to the distribution network and the connection of renewable generation to the distribution network. With the introduction of EU renewable energy targets for 2020, ESB Networks stepped up to the challenge of the unprecedented level of connection applications for renewable energy projects by setting up a dedicated team of specialists in its Renewable Planning team.

ESB Networks process all renewable energy connection applications according to strict rules governed by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) from initial contact by the customer right through to energisation.

10:45
Innovation on Grid
Michael Moore, Elgin Energy
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Grid

Presentation

Innovation on Grid


Speaker

Michael Moore

Project Manager at Elgin Energy


Michael joined Elgin Energy in 2015 to lead the company's development of solar farms in the Irish market. Michael holds a BA, BAI in Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. With over 14 years' experience in electrical & development related industries, Michael is responsible for the delivery of 250MW of solar in Ireland over the coming years. Prior to joining Elgin Energy, Michael worked as a Chartered Engineer in EirGrid implementing the delivery of Gate 3 wind connections and large scale 400kV infrastructure projects.

11:00
Coffee Break
11:30
Grid Planning
Robbie Aherne, EirGrid
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Grid

Presentation

Grid Planning

This presentation's abstract will be available shortly.

Speaker

Robbie Aherne

Head of New Connections at EirGrid

11:45
Innovation on Grid
Michael Moore, Elgin Energy
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Grid

Presentation

Innovation on Grid


Speaker

Michael Moore

Project Manager at Elgin Energy


Michael joined Elgin Energy in 2015 to lead the company's development of solar farms in the Irish market. Michael holds a BA, BAI in Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. With over 14 years' experience in electrical & development related industries, Michael is responsible for the delivery of 250MW of solar in Ireland over the coming years. Prior to joining Elgin Energy, Michael worked as a Chartered Engineer in EirGrid implementing the delivery of Gate 3 wind connections and large scale 400kV infrastructure projects.

12:00
Panel discussion with additional speaker Dave Ogden, Smith Brothers
13:00
Lunch
14:00
Presentation TBC
Anthony Doherty, NTR
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Finance

Presentation

Presentation TBC

This presentation's abstract will be available shortly.

Speaker

Anthony Doherty

Group Corporate Finance Director at NTR


Anthony is Group Corporate Finance Director at NTR plc which acquires, constructs and manages sustainable infrastructure assets. Through its associated companies, NTR has constructed and operated 1.75GW of wind projects and developed 0.6GW of solar projects to date. NTR closed an investment fund of €250 million in late 2015 and in February 2017 completed its eleventh acquisition of onshore wind assets in the United Kingdom and Ireland, bringing total MWs under management to just under 200MW (195MW). The Fund’s expected total equity and project finance capital requirement amounts to approximately €670 million. NTR is currently putting together plans for its second sustainable infrastructure fund, which it expects to launch in 2017. Solar PV investment opportunities will be considered by this fund. Anthony has successfully led the development and financing of a number of sustainable infrastructure projects across Europe in a variety of renewable energy technologies. Anthony will discuss an investor’s perspective on project requirements and risk mitigation and will also touch on opportunities with regards to the company’s investment fund.

15:30
Close of show

Location: Hogan Suite, Croke Park. Your badge will be available at the Registration Desk

Presentation to be announced

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