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This year the 2020 IWEA conference will take place virtually over 4 days from the 21st to the 24th September. A full agenda is available below. 

Day 1 - Ireland's Energy Vision Monday 21 September 2020

Session 1:
Keynote Session
Chair 
Peter Lynch, Chairperson, IWEA & MD, Renewable Energy at Coillte
9.05-9.15am
Ireland's Energy Transition
Eamon Ryan, Minister for Climate Action, Communications Networks and Transport 
9.15-9.25am
Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy 
9.25-9.35am
Delivering Ireland's Energy Vision

Peter Baillie, Managing Director, Energia Renewables
Session 2:
Panel Session - Preparing for 70by30
Chair
Marie C. Donnelly, Chairperson, Renewable Energy Ireland
9.45-11.15am

Panellists
Mark Foley, CEO, EirGrid Group
Aoife MacEvilly, Chairperson of Commission for Regulation of Utilities, CRU 
Paddy Hayes, Managing Director, ESB Networks
Matt Collins, Assistant Secretary General for Energy, DCCAE
Dr. David Connolly, CEO, IWEA 
 
Session 3:
Beyond Ireland: 30 GW Export
Chair: 
Valerie Cummins, Projects Director Ireland, Simply Blue Energy
11.30-11.45am
Connecting Ireland to the EU

Eddie O'Connor, Founder and Executive Chairman, Mainstream Renewable Power 
11.45-12.00pm
Floating Offshore Opportunity

Henrik Stiesdal, CEO, Stiesdal A/S
12.00-12.15pm
Ireland's Wind for EuropeSeán Kelly MEP, Leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament

12.15-12.30pm
Ports of the Future

Jerry Hallissey, Head of Business Development, Shannon Foynes Port 
12.30-1.00pm
Q&A
Session 4:
Beyond Traditional Electricity
Chair
Clare Duffy, Network Development and Electrification Manager at ESB Networks
11.30-11.45am
Data & Ireland, 60 Years of Past & Present, what about the Future?
Garry Connolly, Founder and President, Host in Ireland
11.45-12.00pm
 The Role of Demand Response in Enabling 70by30

Duncan O'Toole, Co-Founder & Commercial Director, Electricity Exchange, Managing Director, Captured Carbon
12.00-12.15pm
Ireland's Role in the EU's Hydrogen Strategy

Dr. James Carton, Chair of Hydrogen Ireland & Assistant Professor at Dublin City University
12.15-12.30pm
Decarbonising Heat: Lessons from Europe

Donna Gartland, CEO, Irish District Energy Association 
12.30-1.00pm
Q&A

Day 2 - Onshore Wind Tuesday 22 September 2020

Session 5:
Keynote Session
Chair 
Cathal Hennessy, Managing Director, RWE Renewables Ireland  
9.00-9.15am
Capturing Ireland’s Wind Resources
Brian Leddin,  Chair of Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action 
9.15-9.30am
Delivering 8.2 GW of Onshore Wind by 2030

Paul Blount, Portfolio Director, Coillte 
Session 6:
Onshore Planning
Chair
Brian Keville, Environmental Director, MKO
9.45-10.00am
Community Engagement: When Projects go Public

George Tottenham, Development Project Manager, RWE Renewables Ireland 
10.00-10.15am
Consenting Challenges in Ireland for Windfarms and Grid  Connections

Donal O'Sullivan, Head of Development, Statkraft Ireland
10.15-10.30am
Implementing the Policy Context for Onshore Wind Energy Development

Niall Cussen, The Planning Regulator, Office of the Planning Regulator
10.30-10.45
Infinite Planning Permissions

Aoife O'Keefe, Senior Planning Project Manager, EDF Renewables Ireland
10.45-11.15
Q&A
Session 7:
Onshore Grid
Chair 
Margaret Nee, Grid Manager, Development Projects, Statkraft Ireland
9.45-10.00am
ECP1/ECP2: Industry

Donal Smith, Galetech Energy Services
10.00-10.15
Price Review 5

Karen Trant, Director of Energy Networks & Legal, CRU
10.15-10.30am
Grid Delivery ECP1/ECP2

Derek Hynes, Head of Project Delivery, ESB Networks
10.30-10.45am
Finding a Pathway to 70% by 2030

Liam Ryan, Chief Innovation and Planning Officer, EirGrid Group
10.45-11.15
Q&A
Session 8:
Onshore Markets
Chair 
Derek Scully, Regulation Manager, Energia
11.30-11.45am
RESS: Industry Perspective  

David O'Sullivan, Commercial Manager, Brookfield Renewable UK & Ireland
11.45-12.00
RESS & CPPA Policy Overview 

Eamonn Confrey, Principal Officer, Electricity Policy, Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment 
12.00-12.15pm
Investing in Ireland

Emma Tinker , CIO, Asper Investment Management 
12.15-12.30
Future Market Evolution to Support High RES-E

Caoimhe Giblin, Commercial Director, ElectroRoute 
12.30-1.00pm
Q&A
Session 9:
Onshore Delivery
Chair
Alan McHugh, Associate Director, Kirby 
11.30-11.45am
Constructing a Project  / Dealing with Covid19

Ciarán Arthur, Strategic Business Development , Suir Engineering
11.45-12.00pm
Supporting Irish Projects with Benefit from Global Best Practice in Project Execution

Clark MacFarlane, CEO of Onshore North Europe & Middle East Region , Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy 
12.00-12.15pm
Acquisition of Assets – An Investor Perspective

Patrick Maguire, Asset Manager, Greencoat Capital
12.15-12.30pm
Grousemount. Delivering Ireland’s Largest Standalone Onshore Wind Farm

John Kelly, Project Director, Grousemount Wind Farm, ESB Asset Development
12.30-1.00pm
Q&A

Day 3 - Offshore Wind Wednesday 23 September 2020

Session 10:
Keynote Session
Chair
Eoin Cassidy, Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran
9.00-9.15am
Enabling Ireland's Offshore Wind Resource

Peter Burke, Minister of State for Planning and Local Government
9.15-9.30am
Pipeline & Building Offshore Wind

Peter Lefroy, RWE/Chair of IWEA Offshore Committee
Session 11:
Offshore Planning
Chair
Tina Raleigh, Senior Project Manager, Statkraft Ireland 
9.45-10.00am
The Future of Consenting for Offshore Wind 

Ainsley Heffernan, Partner, Head of Energy & Natural Resources, Beauchamps
10.00-10.15
Offshore Renewable Energy and the National Marine Planning Framework

Martin O'Meara, Marine Planning Policy and Development, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government 
10.15-10.30am
EIA for Offshore Wind Energy
Clodagh McGrath, Project Manager, Simply Blue Energy 
10.30-10.45
A National Survey of Public Perception of  Offshore Wind Farms in Ireland 

Yvonne Cronin, Community and Stakeholder Liaison Manager, DP Energy
10.45-11.00am
Q&A
Session 12:
Offshore Grid
Chair
Noel Cunniffe, Head of Policy, IWEA
9.45-10.00am
Offshore Grid Process

Martin Finucane, Head of Division, International and Offshore Energy Policy, Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment
10.00-10.15am




Eoin McPartland, Offshore Manager, Energia
10.15-10.30am
Offshore Grid Models: The GB Experience 

Stephanie Hay, Director of TNEI Ireland
10.30-10.45am
EirGrid's Offshore Programme Plan

Louise O'Flanagan, Offshore Programme Manager, EirGrid Group 
10.45-11.15am
Q&A 
Session 13:
Offshore Markets
Chair
Declan Cullinane, Country Manager, Bay Wa.re
11.30-11.45am
Offshore Wind in RESS

Robert McGuinness, Assistant Principal Officer at Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment 
11.45-12.00pm
Experiences for Other Global Offshore Auctions

Anita Holgerson, Senior Director Business Development, Equinor 
12.00-12.15pm
Reshaping RESS: Bidding Offshore Wind

Conall Bolger, Head of Energy Markets, Cornwall Insight 
12.15-12.30pm
Local Content in Auctions

Ray Thompson, Head of Business Development, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
12.30-1.00pm
Q&A
Session 14:
Offshore Delivery
Chair
Liam Curran, Senior Technologist, Enterprise Ireland
11.30-11.45am
Harnessing our Potential - Delivering Offshore Wind  for Ireland

Paul Doherty - Managing Director, Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions 
11.45-12.00pm
Ports Perspective - Rosslare Port Plans 

Petrus (Peter) Bouwhuis, President & CEO, XELLZ
12.00-12.15pm
Feasibility of Offshore Wind Enterprise Hubs in Ireland

Dr Jack Paterson, Senior Consultant, BVG Associates 
12.15-12.30pm
AFLOWT: Accelerating Floating Offshore Wind in Ireland 

Patricia Comiskey, Programme Manager for Ocean Energy, SEAI
12.30-1.00pm
Q&A

Day 4 - Integrating Wind Thursday 24 September 2020

Session 15:
Keynote Session
Chair 
Peter Harte, Director, Statkraft Ireland
9.00-9,15am
DS3 and Beyond – How did we get here, where can we go

Jonathan O'Sullivan, Manager Innovation, EirGrid Group
9.15-9.30am
70by30 Implementation Plan: Saving Power

Noel Cunniffe, IWEA & ESI
Session 16:
Market Design to Integrate Renewables
Chair 
Stacy Feldmann, Senior Regulation Analyst - Generation and Wholesale Markets, SSE
9.45-10.00am
Power System Vision for 2030 – The Market Dimension

Simon Grimes, Head of Market Integration, EirGrid Group
10.00-1015am
Future System Service Design

John Melvin, Director of Energy Markets and Smart Metering, CRU
10.15-10.30am
Future Electricity Market Design
Bobby Smith, Senior Policy Advisor, IWEA
10.30-10.45am
Negative price risk: should we be concerned?

Dr. Mark Turner, Director, Baringa Partners 
10.45-11.15am
Q&A
Session 17:
Maximising our Renewable Resource
Chair 
Lisa McMullan, Head of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs at GridBeyond 
9.45-10.00am
Demand Side Flexibility: Supporting the Utilisation of Renewable Energy

Robert Flanagan, Head of Innovation, Electricity Exchange
10.00-10.15am
Demand Side Flexibility: An International Perspective

Dr Paul Troughton, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs, EnelX
10.15-10.30am
Hydrogen Production to Maximise Renewables 
Mark Welsh, Energy Services Manager, Energia 
10.30-10.45am
Interconnecting Europe - Ireland's Export Potential

Dr Eoin Hodge, CTO, SuperNode
10.45-11.15am
Q&A
Session 18:
Congestion Management & Smart Networks
Chair 
Paul Blount, Portfolio Director, Coillte 
11.30-11.45am
Future Opportunities on the Distribution System

Ellen Diskin, Active System Manager, ESB Networks
11.45-12.00pm
Energy Storage as Virtual Transmission

Dr. Amir José Daou Pulido, Market Applications Manager, Fluence

12.00-12.15pm
Maximising the Network Around the World

Marie Hayden, VP Business Development Europe & Australia, Smartwires
12.15-12.30pm
Demand Side Flexibility: Managing Congestion at the Source

Michael Phelan, CEO & Co-Founder at GridBeyond
12.30-1.00pm
Q&A 
1.00-1.15pm
Conference Wrap Up 

Dr. David Connolly, CEO, IWEA 
Session 19:
The Journey to 90%+ SNSP
Chair
Kate Garth, Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager UK & Ireland, RWE  Renewables
11.30-11.45am
Pathways to 2030 – Going Beyond DS3

Eoin Kennedy, Head of Network Planning (Interim), EirGrid Group
11.45-12.00pm
Ireland's First Battery & the Future Role of Storage 

Bernice Doyle, Grid Manger, Statkraft Ireland 
12.00-12.15pm
Australian Experience - Integrating Renewables and Storage Down Under

Barry O'Connell, Principal Engineer Future Energy Systems at Australian Energy Market Operator AEMO
12.15-12.30pm
Italy's Fast Reserve Tender - an Opportunity for Battery Storage

Fabio Genoese, Head of Strategy, Terna
12.30-1.00pm
Q&A

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