Day 1 - Tuesday 27 November
09:00
REGISTRATION - Includes complimentary refreshments
09:55
Housekeeping
10:00
Opening Address
Timmy Dooley TD, Spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action & the Environment, Fianna Fáil
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Policy

Presentation

Opening Address

This presentation's abstract will be available shortly.

Speaker

Timmy Dooley TD

Spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action & the Environment at Fianna Fáil


Timmy Dooley (born 13 February 1969) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Clare constituency since the 2007 general election. He was a Senator for the Administrative Panel from 2002 to 2007. He was elected at the 2007 general election for the Clare constituency.

Timmy Dooley was educated at Mountshannon National School, Scarriff Community College and at University College Dublin, where he was chairman of the Kevin Barry Cumann of Fianna Fáil in 1989. He has served as Opposition Spokesperson for Transport, Tourism and Sport from 2011 to 2016, and currently serves as Opposition Spokesperson for Communications, Climate Action and Environment since May 2016.

10:15
ISEA Address
Michael McCarthy, CEO, ISEA
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Policy

Presentation

ISEA Address

This presentation's abstract will be available shortly.

Speaker

Michael McCarthy

CEO at ISEA


Before joining ISEA as our first Chief Executive Officer, Michael was as an elected member of Cork County Council from 1999 to 2003, where he served as Vice Chairman from 2001 to 2002. He then was elected to Seanad Eireann, where he was appointed as the Labour spokesman for environment (2002-2007) and for social protection (2007-2011).

In 2011, Michael was elected to Dàil Eireann as a member of the constituency of Cork South-West. During this time he was appointed Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment by then Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. He played a key role in the 2013 report of the Outline Heads of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill, which resulted in the Climate Change and Low Carbon Development Act.

Michael is excited to be leading ISEA and working to make solar PV a key part of Ireland’s renewable energy mix that will enable Ireland to transition to low carbon society with a diverse energy supply.
Constitution

 

Policy
This session is moderated by Michael McCarthy, CEO, ISEA
10:30
EU Policy Framework
Marie Donnelly, Director, 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
Eamon Ryan TD, Leader, Green Party
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Policy

Presentation

National Policy

This presentation's abstract will be available shortly.

Speaker

Eamon Ryan TD

Leader at Green Party


Eamon Ryan was elected to represent Dublin Bay South in the 2016 General Election. He was born in Dublin and raised in Dundrum and Dartry. He studied commerce in UCD before taking a job managing a marketing course in the university’s School of Business. He went on to found a cycling tourism company, Irish Cycling Safaris, in the late 1980's and in 1996 won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. The business still trades successfully as Cycling Safaris. He was the founding chairperson of the Dublin Cycling Campaign and began his political career as a Dublin City Councillor for the Rathgar – Rathmines ward. He then went on to serve both as a TD for Dublin South and as a Government Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

In recent years, Eamon has worked for a European climate organisation (www.e3g.org) and chaired the digital policy group in the Institute of International and European Affairs (www.iiea.com). He is currently leader of the Green Party/Comhaontas Glas (www.greenparty.ie) and is married to writer Victoria White, they have four children.

11:00
Panel Session Policy Discussion
Bruce Douglas, Max Muenchmeyer, Eamon Ryan TD, Timmy Dooley TD, Marie Donnelly and Michael McCarthy
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Panel Session

Policy Discussion

This panel session's abstract will be available shortly.

Speakers

Bruce Douglas

SolarPower Europe

Max Muenchmeyer

Institute of International and European Affairs

Eamon Ryan TD

Green Party

Timmy Dooley TD

Fianna Fáil

Marie Donnelly

European Commission

Michael McCarthy

ISEA

11:20
Coffee Break
RESS
This session is moderated by David Maguire, Chairman, ISEA
11:45
ISEA's Response to RESS
David Maguire, Chairman, 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, Principal Officer, DCCAE
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RESS

Presentation

RESS

This presentation's abstract will be available shortly.

Speaker

Eamonn Confrey

Principal Officer at DCCAE


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, Director, 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 Session RESS Discussion
Nick Holman, Seán Kelly, Eamonn Confrey and David Maguire
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Panel Session

RESS Discussion

This panel session's abstract will be available shortly.

Speakers

Nick Holman

BNRG Renewables Ltd

Seán Kelly

European Parliament

Eamonn Confrey

DCCAE

David Maguire

Irish Solar Energy Association

13:00
Lunch
Market
This session is moderated by Mark Varian, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland
14:00
Market Summary
Peter Kavanagh, Director, 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, Joint Owner, 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, Director, 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
Panel Session Market Discussion
Hugh Mullany, Rory Mullan, Peter Kavanagh, Stefan Froböse, Conall Bolger, John Mullins and Mark Varian
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Panel Session

Market Discussion

This panel session's abstract will be available shortly.

Speakers

Hugh Mullany

Mullany Engineering Consultancy

Rory Mullan

MullanGrid Consulting

Peter Kavanagh

Highfield Solar

Stefan Froböse

Sungrow Power Supply

Conall Bolger

Cornwall Insight

John Mullins

Amarenco Solar

Mark Varian

Eversheds Sutherland

Datacentre Session
This session is moderated by Garry Connolly, President, Host In Ireland
15:10
Panel Session Datacentre Discussion
Gary Connolly, Vanessa Miler-Fels and Jerry Sweeney
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Panel Session

Datacentre Discussion

This panel session's abstract will be available shortly.

Speakers

Gary Connolly

Activ8 Solar Energies

Vanessa Miler-Fels

Microsoft

Jerry Sweeney

Cork Internet eXchange

15:45
Coffee Break
Commercial Rooftop Session
This session is moderated by Robert Goss, Director, Solar Electric
16:05
Panel Session Commercial Rooftop Discussion
Peter Desmet, Robert Goss, Niall Cussen and Fergus Sharkey
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Panel Session

Commercial Rooftop Discussion

This panel session's abstract will be available shortly.

Speakers

Peter Desmet

Solarclarity BV

Robert Goss

Solar Electric

Niall Cussen

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Fergus Sharkey

SEAI

Community Session
This session is moderated by Gearóid Fitzgibbon, Director, Tipperary Energy Agency
16:35
Panel Session Community Discussion
Howard Johns, Gearóid Fitzgibbon, Paddy Phelan, Kate Ruddock and Tim Day
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Panel Session

Community Discussion

This panel session's abstract will be available shortly.

Speakers

Howard Johns

ENcome Energy Performance

Gearóid Fitzgibbon

Tipperary Energy Agency

Paddy Phelan

3 Counties Energy Agency

Kate Ruddock

Friends of the Earth

Tim Day

Solarplicity

Industry Summary
This session is moderated by Joe O’Carroll, Managing Consultant, OC Consulting (Ireland)
17:10
Panel Session Industry Summary Discussion
David Connolly, Sean Finan, David Maguire and Joe O’Carroll
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Panel Session

Industry Summary Discussion

This panel session's abstract will be available shortly.

Speakers

David Connolly

IWEA

Sean Finan

IrBEA

David Maguire

ISEA

Joe O’Carroll

OC Consulting (Ireland)

17:45
Conference Networking Reception and Drinks sponsored by Engie Fabricom
20:00
ISEA Annual Dinner (Attendance by ticket only) in players' lounge
Day 2 - Wednesday 28 November
09:00
REGISTRATION - Includes complimentary refreshments
09:55
Housekeeping
10:00
Special guest
Grid
This session is moderated by Peter Kavanagh, Director, Highfield Solar
10:20
ECP-1
Donal Smith, Grid Specialist, 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.

10:40
ECP and innovation
Clare Duffy, Smart Customer Access and Distribution Planning Manager, 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.

11:00
Coffee Break
11:30
Innovation on Grid
Michael Moore, Project Manager, 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.

11:50
Grid Planning
Robbie Aherne, Head of New Connections, 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


Robbie Aherne has worked at EirGrid since 2015. Currently he is Head of New Connections since November 2017 and before that Strategy Programme Manager and DS3 Programme Manager. He received his BE in Electrical Engineering from University College Cork, Ireland, and completed an MSc in Electrical Power Systems from the University of Bath, United Kingdom. He is a member of the ENTSO-E Ancillary Services working group, the Cigre Ireland National Committee and the Engineers Ireland Electrical and Electronic Division Committee.


12:10
Panel Session Grid Discussion
Robbie Aherne, Donal Smith, Dave Ogden, Clare Duffy, Peter Kavanagh and Michael Moore
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Panel Session

Grid Discussion

This panel session's abstract will be available shortly.

Speakers

Robbie Aherne

EirGrid

Donal Smith

Galetech Energy Services (GES)

Dave Ogden

Smith Bros

Clare Duffy

ESB Networks

Peter Kavanagh

Highfield Solar

Michael Moore

Elgin Energy

13:00
Lunch
Finance
This session is moderated by Fintan Whelan, Senior Advisor, Carbon Metrics
14:00
Panel Session Finance Discussion
Anthony Doherty, Paul Travers, Fintan Whelan, Austin Coughlan, Paul O'Donnell, Cormac Gilligan and Ross Mackey
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Panel Session

Finance Discussion

This panel session's abstract will be available shortly.

Speakers

Anthony Doherty

NTR

Paul Travers

AIB

Fintan Whelan

Carbon Metrics

Austin Coughlan

Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

Paul O'Donnell

Greencoat Capital

Cormac Gilligan

IHS Markit

Ross Mackey

BlackRock

15:30
Close of show

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