Agenda and Speakers
|08.45-09.15||Arrival Tea & Coffee and Registration|
Welcome: Rachel Anderson, NIRIG Chairperson & Head of External Affairs, RES
Rachel Anderson is RES’ Head of External Affairs for the UK and Ireland. RES has been at the forefront of wind energy development for over 30 years and has successfully delivered more than 12GW of wind energy capacity worldwide. Rachel has worked in the renewables industry for 10 years and is responsible for RES’ media and public affairs across UK and Ireland. Rachel holds a BA from the University of Sheffield and is member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
The DS3 programme has enabled a world-leading 65% renewables penetration on the Ireland electricity system, with the objective of reaching 75% to enable our 2020 renewable electricity targets. This session will provide an overview of the system services that are needed to facilitate the increase and the investment opportunities represented by these services. Moving closer to the 40% renewable electricity target also means optimisation of available network capacity and we will hear from NIE about optimisation of network assets as well as preparing the network for future developments in Distributed Energy Resources. The role of blockchain will also be explored, with an overview of its applications in the energy sector, setting out both opportunities and challenges towards a decentralised, sustainable and transparent energy system.
Chair: David Connolly, Chief Executive, IWEA
Andy Kelly, Senior Principal, Poyry Management Consulting
System Services: Finding the Path to Investment
David McDonald, Connections Design Manager, NIE Networks
The Evolution of the Distribution Network from a Passive to Active Model
David is the Connections Design Manager at NIE Networks based in Channel Wharf, Belfast. He has performed a number of roles within NIE Networks across asset management, construction and operations. His team looks after designs for all customer jobs greater than 200kVA for demand, Small Scale and Large Scale Generation.
Markos Romanos, Chief Operating Officer, Pylon Network
Pylon Network: Unlocking the Cooperation Potential in Smart Energy Systems of the Future
Building open-source blockchain algorithms for the energy sector will enable both opportunities and challenges for a decentralised, sustainable and transparent energy system. Markos will describe how the Pylon Network, already at a demonstration stage in the Basque country, aims to leverage the potential of blockchain technology into creating the first open cooperative tool, addressed to all players of the (future) energy market.
Markos Romanos (MSc Energy & Sustainability Engineer) is the Chief Operating Officer of Pylon Network with both professional and academic experience in the implementation of sustainable technologies and their integration on our changing energy systems/markets.
|10.30-11.00||Tea & Coffee Break|
Smart Solutions: More with Less?
Decarbonisation of the energy sector means maximising existing network and generation assets, developing new technologies and smarter use of future low-carbon energy generation. While need generation is still required, new approaches to management, storage and integration of energy have come to the fore. In this session, expert speakers will briefly cover research into decentralised energy solutions, the role of battery storage, renewable hydrogen as facilitator of energy storage and sustainable transport, opportunities for co-location of technologies and a smart grid demonstration project. This group of industry leaders will bring together expertise, research and experience to debate the degree to which we can continue to deliver ‘more with less’, and how the balance will be struck between large-scale infrastructure projects and complex systems going forward.
Chair: Neasa Quigley, Partner, Carson McDowell
Neasa heads up the energy team at Carson McDowell, which is rated Band 1 in the Chambers Legal guide. She is a corporate lawyer specialising in M&A transactional and project finance work across with particular expertise in the Energy sector.
New opportunities for Energy Storage
Mark Welsh, Senior Energy Manager, Energia
Gencomm: Production and Storage of Renewable Hydrogen
A Chartered Energy Manager (Energy Institute) Mark has over 38 years’ experience within the Energy Sector; his engineering career has touched on most areas of the Electricity Industry which has given him a very wide knowledge and experience. Commencing in Belfast Power Station his career has included NIE, Metering, Electrical Design & Installation, Terms of Supply, Industrial Sales, Key Account Management, Energy Marketing, Project Development and Energy Efficiency. With this commitment to the energy industry, the environment and society we all live, Mark is responsible for all energy efficiency and carbon reduction programmes in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. He is the Project Lead on the GENCOMM Wind to Hydrogen Energy Storage Interreg funded (€6m) project.
Margaret Nee, Grid Connection Manager, Brookfield Renewables
Co-Location: Opportunities and Challenges
Margaret is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and has been working in the Irish electricity and energy sector since 2001. Prior to becoming grid manager with Brookfield Renewable in 2015, Margaret has a background of working in Grid and electrical roles within EirGrid, SWS Energy, Bord Gais Energy and Brookfield Renewable. Margaret is a member of the NIRIG and IWEA Grid committees and is a renewable representative on the recently established Hybrid sites working group. Margaret specialises in Grid connection optimisation, compliance and policy development.
Felicity Jones, Partner, Everoze
Felicity is a Partner at Everoze, a technical and commercial consultancy specialising in renewables and energy storage. She specialises in new energy business models and technologies in the flexibility space, providing project support, due diligence and strategic advice. Prior to joining Everoze, Felicity served as chair of the World Energy Council storage knowledge network. Felicity brings a global perspective, having lived and worked on energy strategy projects in the UK, Singapore, Norway and the Netherlands. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from Oxford and MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College.
Jonathan Sandham, Smart Networks Manager, ESB Networks
The Dingle Project
We will hear an overview of the Dingle project, an ESB initiative to deploy a range of technologies to future-proof the electricity network on the Dingle peninsula. The technologies are intended to meet the challenges of the future energy system, such as accommodating additional renewable power sources and the electrification of heat and transport, sectors which currently account for over 35 per cent of total emissions.
Jonathan is the head of Smart Networks in ESB Networks, responsible a portfolio of R&D projects and maintaining strategic roadmaps giving guidance to the Utility. This involves close interaction with policy makers, international standardisation bodies, academia, research organisations, SME's and large scale enterprise in the areas of Science, Technology, ICT and Innovation.
Northern Ireland Energy Strategy
The conference closes with a presentation on the NIRIG Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland. This document seeks to initiate a debate about the post-2020 vision for decarbonisation of the energy sector in Northern Ireland, encompassing heat, electricity, transport and a whole system view based on long-term policy certainty. The strategy highlights the important of regional investment, innovation and skills and emphasises that a modern energy system must be increasingly based on predictable and low cost energy sources.
Meabh Cormacain, Manager, NIRIG
Meabh has been with NIRIG since 2011 and comes from a background of international development work in South America and southeast Asia. NIRIG is the key trade association for renewables in Northern Ireland, representing the interests of both RenewableUK and the Irish Wind Energy Association. In her role as NIRIG Manager she leads on all policy and external affairs issues and works closely with members to further their interests in Northern Ireland through policy development, best practice and communication and networking opportunities.
Conference finish followed by lunch