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Dr David Connolly

CEO
IWEA
Dr David Connolly
  • Dr David Connolly
    Dr. David Connolly is CEO of the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) which is Ireland’s largest renewable energy association. 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 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.
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Eamon Ryan

Minister for Climate Action, Communications Networks and Transport
Eamon Ryan
  • Eamon Ryan
    Eamon Ryan TD is the Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport. He was appointed to this role in June 2020.
    Eamon Ryan was elected to represent Dublin Bay South in the 2020 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 1980s and in 1996 won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
    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 he has worked for a European climate organisation and chaired the digital policy group in the Institute of International and European Affairs.
    He is currently leader of the Green Party/Comhaontas Glas.
    You can contact Mr Ryan at Minister.Ryan@dccae.gov.ie
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Peter Burke

Minister of State for Planning and Local Government
Peter Burke
  • Peter Burke
    Minister Burke was appointed Minister of State for Planning and Local Government in July of this year.  He hails from Mullingar and was elected to the Dáil in 2016, having being involved in electoral politics since 2009 when he was first elected to Westmeath County Council.  He is a Chartered Accountant by profession with ten years private sector experience.  Before being appointed to the Department of Housing, Peter sat on the Oireachtas Finance and Public Accounts Committees and has been a frequent media commentator on tax and financial issues. Peter is married to Olivia and they have two young sons, Leo and Ted.  
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Seán Kelly

Sean Kelly MEP, Leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament
European Parliament
Seán Kelly
  • Seán Kelly
    Seán Kelly has been a member of the European Parliament for Ireland South since 2009. He is the current leader of Fine Gael in the European Parliament, and part of the European People's Party (EPP) Group. Mr. Kelly sits on the European Parliament's Committees on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), International Trade (INTA) and Human Rights (DROI). He is a member of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with the South Africa, and the Delegation for relations with countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Mr. Kelly has been heavily involved in green policies, leading discussions in the ITRE committee ahead of the Paris Agreement and representing Parliament at COP21, COP 22 and COP23. He also went on to be the EPP Group’s rapporteur for the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII), helping to securing the ambitious target of 32% for Renewable Energy by 2030.
     
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Kadri Simson

European Commissioner for Energy
European Commission
Kadri Simson
  • Kadri Simson
    Kadri Simson is an Estonian politician from the Centre Party. She is serving as a European Commissioner for Energy in the Von der Leyen Commission since 1. December 2019.
    She was previously the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure in Jüri Ratas' first cabinet from 2016 to 2019. During the Estonian Presidency in the Council of the EU, Simson chaired both energy ministers and transport ministers meetings in TTE Council and ministers of economy format in EU Competitiveness Council. 
    From 2007–2016 Kadri Simson was a member of the 11th, 12th, and 13th Riigikogu and in 2019 she was also elected to the 14th Riigikogu. She holds a Master's degree in Political Science from University College London.
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Brian Leddin

Green Party spokesperson on Climate Action and Environment
Brian Leddin
  • Brian Leddin
    Brian Leddin is TD for Limerick City, Green Party spokesperson on Climate Action and The Environment, and Chair of the Green Party in the Oireachtas. Before being elected to the Dáil, he worked as a mechanical engineer in Limerick and was a councillor on Limerick City and County Council. Brian is an engineering graduate of the University of Limerick and also holds an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology at Loughborough University. 
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Peter Baillie

Managing Director
Energia Renewables
Peter Baillie
  • Peter Baillie
    Peter Baillie is Managing Director of Energia Renewables with a 21% renewable market share in Ireland.  He is a director of IWEA and vice chair of NIRIG. He has 30 years experience in utilities and leads Energia Group’s development and construction of renewable projects in Ireland.  Since 2009, Peter has been responsible for the delivery of 390MW across 20 windfarms and is delivering Energia’s development across the renewable spectrum, including onshore and offshore wind development, green hydrogen production, battery storage and bioenergy. 
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Peter Lynch

Chairperson of IWEA, and Managing Director Renewable Energy at Coillte
IWEA & Coillte
Peter Lynch
  • Peter Lynch
    Peter Lynch is Managing Director, Renewable Energy at Coillte. Peter joined the Coillte Group in 2015 as its Director of Corporate Finance before moving into Coillte’s wind business in 2016. Prior to joining Coillte, Peter held senior commercial positions for NTR plc in its US solar business and latterly for Mainstream Renewable Power in its European offshore wind business. Peter started his career as a corporate lawyer with a leading Irish law firm. He holds a law degree from UCD and an MBA from INSEAD. He is also a Director and current Chair of the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA). 
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Marie C. Donnelly

Chairperson
Renewable Energy Ireland
Marie C. Donnelly
  • Marie C. Donnelly
    Currently, Marie is Chairperson of Renewable Energy Ireland - an open partnership of sustainable energy associations working collectively to support the energy transition in Ireland.
    Previously she was Director for Renewables, Energy Efficiency and Innovation, at DG Energy, in the European Commission, Brussels.
    She is a non-executive director of Tipperary Energy Agency – a social enterprise for energy efficiency; and E3G, a climate change think tank operating to accelerate the global transition to a low carbon economy; and is a member of the Governance Committee of MaREI, Cork.
    As European Advisory Board Member of the Hawthorn Club, the only International Network for professional women in the energy industry, Marie advances the appointment of women to senior positions and mainstreams gender equality, with the emphasis that equality is for both women and men.
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Mark Foley

Chief Executive
EirGrid Group
Mark Foley
  • Mark Foley
    Mark Foley joined EirGrid Group as chief executive in June 2018, having held the role of Managing Director of Land Solutions in Coillte since January 2016. Previous to that, Mark was Managing Director of Coillte Enterprise where he led the development of new businesses in renewable energy, telecommunications, land development and land sales.
    Before that, from November 2000 to August 2008, Mark was Director of Capital Programmes at Dublin Airport Authority. In this role he was responsible for master planning, permitting, planning and delivery of c. €1.5bn in airport infrastructure at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports. Prior to that Mark held a number of senior executive roles with multinationals in the Speciality Chemicals and Electronics sectors. Mark has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degree from University College Dublin, a Masters in Industrial Engineering from University College Dublin and has attended executive development courses in Penn State University and IMD.
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Aoife MacEvilly

Commissioner for Regulation of Utilities
CRU
Aoife MacEvilly
  • Aoife MacEvilly
    Aoife MacEvilly is the Chairperson of the Commission for Regulation of Utilities. Her specific areas of responsibility within the CRU include empowering and protecting customers and the future role of gas in a decarbonised energy system. 
    Aoife previously worked in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in corporate governance, energy security and economic regulation roles. She also has experience in the private sector in Germany, the US and Ireland. 
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Paddy Hayes

Managing Director
ESB Networks
Paddy Hayes
  • Paddy Hayes
    Paddy Hayes has been the Managing Director of ESB Networks since 2018. Prior to this, he led ESB’s Generation & Wholesale Markets business. Playing a leading role in climate action is at the heart of ESB Networks’ strategy: both decarbonising electricity by connecting & accommodating renewable generation on the network; and facilitating wholescale electrification, so that clean electricity can drive carbon out of heat, transport and the economy.  
     
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Matt Collins

Assistant Secretary General for Energy
DCCAE
Matt Collins
  • Matt Collins
    Matt Collins is the Assistant Secretary with responsibility for the Energy function in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. He has responsibility for all areas of energy policy, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, electricity, energy regulation, and security of supply. Matt joined the Department in 2016 as Assistant Secretary with responsibility for the natural resources and waste policy functions. Previously, Matt has worked in the Departments of Health, Environment and Local Government, Foreign Affairs, Finance, as well as in the Communications Division of the Department.
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Henrik Stiesdal

CEO
Stiesdal A/S
Henrik Stiesdal
  • Henrik Stiesdal
    Henrik Stiesdal is one of the pioneers of the modern wind industry. He built his first wind turbine in 1976 and in 1978 designed one of the first commercial wind turbines, licensed by Vestas in 1979. Stiesdal worked with Vestas until 1986 and joined Bonus Energy, later Siemens Wind Power in 1987. In 1988 he was appointed Technical Manager, and in 2000 Chief Technology Officer. He retired at the end of 2014.
     
    During his 40 years in the wind industry Stiesdal has worked with all aspects of wind turbine technology, including fundamental research, turbine design, manufacturing, sales, project implementation, service and quality management. Post-retirement activities include floating wind turbines, energy storage, carbon-negative fuels, Lidars, and avian deterrent technologies.
     
    Henrik Stiesdal is an associate professor at DTU Wind Energy and at University of Maine.
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Eddie O'Connor

Founder and Executive Chairman
Mainstream Renewable Power
Eddie O'Connor
  • Eddie O'Connor
    Eddie assumed the role of Executive Chairman of Mainstream Renewable Power in September 2017 following nine years as Chief Executive Officer of the company he founded in 2008.  He is a world renowned entrepreneur and leader in renewable energy.   Previously Eddie completed ten years as Chief Executive of global renewable energy company Airtricity which he founded in 1997. Airtricity was sold in 2008 to E.on and Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) for €1.8 billion.
     
    Eddie has been named World Energy Policy Leader by Scientific American magazine and Oilprice.com cited him as one of the five most influential figures in the US clean energy sector.  He was presented with the Leadership award at the annual Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards and in 2013 he received wind energy’s most prestigious award, the Poul La Cour Prize from the European Wind Energy Association in recognition of his work in the sector.  In May 2016, Eddie was appointed as the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) new Global Ambassador.
     
    From 1987 to 1996 Eddie was Chief Executive of Bord na Mona, the Irish Peat Board, where he took the company from loss to profit making and it was here that he began to develop his vision for wind power. He built Ireland’s first commercial wind farm at Bellacorick, Co. Mayo with an installed capacity of 6.45MW twenty-four years ago and it is still producing electricity today.
     
    He holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Industrial Engineering and has a doctorate in Business Administration from the International Management Centres, Europe. He has received an honorary Doctorate of Science from University College Dublin (UCD), an honorary Doctorate from NUI Maynooth and most recently he was awarded Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from the University of Hull in recognition of his major contributions to business and science. 
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Valerie Cummins

Projects Director, Ireland
Simply Blue Energy
Valerie Cummins
  • Valerie Cummins
    Val Cummins has over 25 years of expertise in the marine and energy fields at national and international levels. She brings a considerable track record in team building, leading complex projects with diverse disciplines, and high levels of stakeholder engagement through previous roles (i.e. Director of Coastal & Marine Resources Centre, Director of Irish Maritime & Energy Resource Cluster, Principal Investigator EirWind and Senior Lecturer in University College Cork). Val has a PhD in coastal management, is an Eisenhower Fellow, and has participated in Women in Leadership executive training at Harvard University. She is now Operations & Projects Director for Simply Blue Energy Ireland.
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Dr. James Carton

Chair of Hydrogen Ireland & Assistant Professor at Dublin City University.
Dr. James Carton
  • Dr. James Carton
    Dr James Carton is Assistant Professor in Sustainable Energy in Dublin City University, is co-founder of Hydrogen Ireland Association and Hydrogen Mobility Ireland. Dr Carton is a member of the World Energy Council’s Hydrogen Global initiative and is Hydrogen Taskforce Expert to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE). The common thread is hydrogen; using hydrogen’s properties, technology & policy to enable renewable wind, solar & biomass to decarbonise Irish & European energy networks and achieve Climate & Environmental ambitions.
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Donna Gartland

CEO
Irish District Energy Association
Donna Gartland
  • Donna Gartland
    Donna Gartland is CEO and co-founder of the Irish District Energy Association (IrDEA) and CEO at Codema - Dublin's Energy Agency. Donna has been working to develop the district heating sector in Ireland for the past 7 years, looking at solutions to overcome the current knowledge, legal, regulatory, policy and financial barriers. She is working with the local authorities in Dublin to develop the first large scale DH schemes in Ireland, namely the Tallaght District Heating Scheme and the Dublin Docklands District Heating project. She is on the DCCAE District Heating Steering Group and the steering committee of Renewable Energy Ireland.
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Paul Blount

Portfolio Director
Coillte
Paul Blount
  • Paul Blount
    Paul Blount is a member of the senior management team in Coillte’s renewable energy business, joining the company as Portfolio Director in Jan 2019.   He is also chair of IWEA’s 70by30 Committee which led the development of the evidence basis for a 70% RES-E target for Ireland.  Following the adoption of this target by Government, this committee has recently switched its focus to the development of an implementation plan to deliver on this ambition.
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Emma Tinker

CIO
Asper Investment Management
Emma Tinker
  • Emma Tinker
    Emma Tinker is Chief Investment Officer of Asper Investment Management, established in 2016 as the spin-out of HgCapital’s renewable energy business which Emma founded in 2003.
    Asper is a specialist investor in sustainable real assets.  Asper manages renewable energy funds with AUM in excess of €1 billion as well as strategic investment accounts for institutional investors in European markets.
    Emma is responsible for Asper’s investment strategy and is Chair of the Investment Committee. she leads the origination and strategic business planning on existing platforms and new investments. She has led investments across Europe, including Invis Energy, Ireland’s largest renewables company.  Emma is also a non-executive director of Good Energy Group plc.
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Caoimhe Giblin

Commercial Director
ElectroRoute
Caoimhe Giblin
  • Caoimhe Giblin
    Caoimhe, a Chartered Accountant, is Commercial Director at ElectroRoute.  In previous roles, Caoimhe was Head of Corporate Finance at Airtricity and Director of Finance at SSE Renewables. At ElectroRoute, Caoimhe has grown the Client Services unit to be the leading energy trading services provider in Ireland with over 1.4GW of independent generation under management. 
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Eoin Cassidy

Partner
Mason Hayes & Curran
Eoin Cassidy
  • Eoin Cassidy
    Eoin is a partner in Mason Hayes & Curran’s Construction department and is the Energy Sector Lead in Mason Hayes & Curran.  Eoin has acted for developers, investors and funders on the development, financing, acquisition and disposal of a significant number of energy projects and portfolios in Ireland with a focus on renewables. Eoin is recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a leading practitioner in Energy law. He also provides advice to clients on construction, planning, environmental regulatory and grid connection for complex infrastructure projects during development, construction and operation.In contentious matters, Eoin has acted for clients in a number of High Court and Commercial Court proceedings, conciliations and arbitrations representing the interests of employers, contractors and sub-contractors in the resolution of disputes in high-value matters in the energy and construction sectors. Eoin has been recognised by Who’s Who as an expert lawyer on environmental matters and is a director of IWEA.
     
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Tina Raleigh

Senior Project Manager
Statkraft Ireland
Tina Raleigh
  • Tina Raleigh
    Tina is an experienced renewable energy expert with over 20 years experience in the sector. In her various roles she has amassed a wide and varied expertise in all aspects of environmental, infrastructural and energy projects, from inception, planning through to detailed project design and construction. She has advised on the development of over 1,000MW of onshore wind and solar projects. In her role with Statkraft Ireland, Tina uses her vast experience for the successful delivery of complex projects including Statkraft’s 500MW offshore wind farm and over 1,200MW of onshore wind projects.  Tina is a Chartered Engineer with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University College Cork.
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Ainsley Heffernan

Partner
Beauchamps Solicitors
Ainsley Heffernan
  • Ainsley Heffernan
    Ainsley Heffernan is a partner and head of the award winning Energy & Natural Resources Group in  Beauchamps Solicitors. He has almost twenty years' experience advising clients in the Irish energy sector. Ainsley and his team have extensive experience representing clients involved in wind farm projects, both on-shore and off-shore.  
     
    The Beauchamps Energy Team has provided bespoke consenting and regulatory law advice to 6 of the 7 legacy offshore wind farms which were recently awarded Relevant Project status by the Irish Government.  Ainsley is an active member of the IWEA Offshore Wind Committee and is recommended in several international publications and legal directories for his work in the energy sector. 
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Stephanie Hay

Director
TNEI Ireland
Stephanie Hay
  • Stephanie Hay
    Stephanie is Director TNEI Ireland.  She is a Chartered electrical engineer with 12 years of experience in the power industry, including a 4-year PhD on active network management and control of distribution networks and 8 years as a power system consultant. Stephanie’s background is in electrical engineering and her experience spans power system planning, design and operation, with expertise in modelling and studies. Over the past 6 years at TNEI, she has been supporting clients through the energy transition, providing technical and market advice on emerging technologies and delivering concept, innovation and strategy projects for utilities and other industry organisations. 
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Liam Curran

Senior Technologist
Enterprise Ireland
Liam Curran
  • Liam Curran
    Liam Curran is the Senior Technologist in Enterprise Ireland responsible for the Marine Sector. Working with EI colleagues in London Office, he is helping relevant Irish SME’s with capability to engage with the UK Offshore Wind Industry. Building Supply Chain capability in the established UK sector will ensure that Irish Companies will be in prime position to be part of the Supply Chain for Irish Sea projects when these begin development.
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David O'Sullivan

Commercial Manager
Brookfield Renewable UK & Ireland
David O'Sullivan
  • David O'Sullivan
    David is Commercial Manager for Brookfield Renewable UK & Ireland where he is responsible for business growth through acquisitions, investments, and partnership. He has over 14 years of experience in the renewable sector with a focus on business development, M&A and commercial roles. David is also a director of IWEA.
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Peter Lefroy

Chair of IWEA Offshore Commitee
RWE
Peter Lefroy
  • Peter Lefroy
    Peter Lefroy is a Director of RWE Renewables Ireland. RWE Renewables, the newest subsidiary of the RWE Group, is one of the world's leading renewable energy companies. With around 3,500 employees, the company has onshore and offshore wind farms, photovoltaic plants and battery storage facilities with a combined capacity of approximately 9 gigawatts. RWE Renewables is driving the expansion of renewable energy in more than 15 countries on four continents. For further growth a net investment budget of €5 billion is available until 2022. When adding in possible partnerships, the medium term investment budget could reach up to €9 billion. The focus is on the Americas, the core markets in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Peter is leading the development of the RWE offshore business in Ireland including Dublin Array, a >600MW project on the east coast. He has extensive experience in the energy industry having worked in engineering consultancy, project development and construction. Peter holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Limerick and an MBA from Trinity College Dublin. Peter is chair of the IWEA Offshore Wind Committee.
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Yvonne Cronin

Community and Stakeholder Liaison Manager
DP Energy
Yvonne Cronin
  • Yvonne Cronin
    Yvonne holds a Degree in Computer Science and a Degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography.  Yvonne also holds a Masters by Research in Environmental Science.  Specialising in social acceptance of offshore wind farms, Yvonne undertook Ireland’s first national survey of public perception of offshore wind farms in Ireland.
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Declan Cullinane

Country Manager
Bay Wa.re
Declan Cullinane
  • Declan Cullinane
    Declan Cullinane is the Country Manager for BayWa r.e in Ireland focusing on onshore & offshore wind, solar and storage development through to operation. Declan has over 14 years experience in the energy industry with a focus over the past 12 years on renewables. His experience is a blend of European and emerging markets (APAC, Africa and LATAM) focusing on senior management commercial roles for project delivery. Declan has worked in several auction based markets and brings knowledge of best approaches to the challenge that Ireland faces for growth in competitive auctions.
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Peter Bouwhuis

President & CEO
XELLZ
Peter Bouwhuis
  • Peter Bouwhuis
    40+ years of "industry and project logistics" experience. Educated in Electronic Engineering and Logistics Management and a Certified Customs Broker, Customs Compliance Expert and a European VAT Expert.
     
     Presently active as President & CEO of XELLZ B.V. , a company with offices its head office in the Amsterdam area, operational offices in Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, USA & Nigeria. 
    Managing Director (and founder) at Project Freight Net B.V. (PFN) and Managing Director (and founder) of iBrabble B.V. (Education, Events, Media  & Consultancy). 
    Recently active as Vice President Global Transport & Logistics and Global Heavy Lift & Project Cargo Manager with one of World’s largest energy company ABB AG, and Global Head of Logistics for ABB Division Power Systems (PS). Previous as Vice President & Director of Projects (and Co-Founder) of EP-Team Inc. which was acquired by BNSF Logistics Inc. (a Berkshire Hathaway company).
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Dr Jack Paterson

Senior Consultant
BVG Associates
Dr Jack Paterson
  • Dr Jack Paterson
    Jack is an engineer with five years of experience in offshore renewables. He joined BVGA as a senior consultant in March 2020. He leads on cost data gathering and validation across the business, as well as supporting analysis using his extensive engineering skills. Jack was recently awarded an IDCORE EngD, which included a three-year project placement with the EDF R&D UK Centre, focusing on risk management of offshore wind installation. Jack has supported several operational projects such as the development of the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator wind farm. Since joining BVG, Jack has completed several port readiness assessments for emerging offshore wind markets.
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Ellen Diskin

Active System Manager
ESB Networks
Ellen Diskin
  • Ellen Diskin
    Ellen Diskin is responsible for leading ESB Networks’ Active System Management project,  to deliver the operational systems, market design, and organisational capabilities critically needed to achieve renewables penetrations of 70% and above on the Irish electricity system.   This project will introduce new products and services to increase system security, renewables’ penetration, community and market participation in Ireland.
     
    Previously, as PR5 Manager, Ellen was responsible for leading the development of ESB Networks’ investment plan for 2021-2025 (“PR5”), for approval by the CRU.   She has over 10 years’ experience in the energy industry, working in operations, R&D, regulation and investment planning.
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Marie Hayden

VP Business Development Europe & Australia
Smartwires
Marie Hayden
  • Marie Hayden
    Marie is responsible for Smart Wires business development in Europe and Australia. Before joining Smart Wires she held a number of senior management positions in EirGrid including roles as Head of Connection Policy and Head of Scenario Planning.  Marie has a long association with CIGRE and served as Chair of the Irish National Committee of CIGRE from 2012-16. Marie holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Masters in Engineering Management both from University College Dublin.
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Barry O'Connell

Principal Engineer Future Energy Systems at Australian Energy Market Operator
AEMO
Barry O'Connell
  • Barry O'Connell
    Barry led AEMO’s Renewable Integration Study (RIS) which was a study focussed on quantifying the renewable penetration limits of the power system for a projected generation mix and network configuration in 2025. He is now leading the development of a multi-year action plan to support a secure and reliable National Electricity Market (NEM) with very high instantaneous penetrations (75%) of renewables in 2025. 
    Barry has been working for AEMO for 18 months and prior to this he was working for Power System Consultants (PSC), supporting utilities and developers connecting new wind and solar projects across Australia. 
    Prior to moving to Australia, Barry worked for EirGrid for 8 years, supporting the transition to very high penetrations of wind generation. Here he worked in a number of roles across operations, planning, market design and innovation on the DS3 programme.
    Barry holds a degree in Engineering from the National University of Ireland Galway, a Masters of Engineering Science from the University College Cork and is chartered through Engineers Ireland.
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Martin O'Meara

Marine Planning Policy and Development
DHPLG
Martin O'Meara
  • Martin O'Meara
    Martin O’Meara joined the Marine Planning Policy and Development (MPPD) section of DHPLG as Assistant Principal Officer in February 2020.

    The MPPD division is responsible for marine planning in Ireland through the development and implementation of Ireland’s first National Marine Planning Framework which covers Ireland’s maritime area, including internal waters (sea area), territorial sea, exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and continental shelf.
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Paul Doherty

Managing Director
GDG
Paul Doherty
  • Paul Doherty
    Paul Doherty is the Managing Director and one of the founders of offshore engineering consultancy, GDG. From an Irish base, GDG services the international market with offshore design and consultancy services. Paul has worked on over 30GW of offshore wind farm developments over the past decade in Ireland, UK, Europe and Asia.
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Clark MacFarlane

CEO NE&ME and UK Managing Director
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Ltd
Clark MacFarlane
  • Clark MacFarlane
    Clark MacFarlane is both the Managing Director of the company’s UK business, a position he has held since 2014, and the CEO of the Onshore Business across Northern Europe and the Middle East, as of 2020. Clark joined the then Siemens Wind Power business as Managing Director, Offshore in 2012. Since joining Siemens in 1997, Clark has been the CEO or MD of 5 Siemens UK Businesses covering Power Generation and Services, Defence, Building Technologies and IT Solutions & Services.
    Clark has been a board member of Renewable UK since 2017 and is also a member of the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC), working with his Industry Colleagues and BEIS to achieve a cost- effective long-term future for sustainable renewable energy in the UK and develop the UK Supply Chain. Leading the way, the company opened its unique facility in Hull in 2016 creating over 1000 jobs. Clark has also been on the Board of G+ and SafetyOn and is committed to improving safety and wellbeing throughout the Wind Industry. 
    Clark’s background is in Mechanical Engineering, along with an MBA, and prior to joining Siemens, spent 15 years working in the Energy Sector for Parsons and Rolls-Royce. Clark is married with three adult children and is a keen sports enthusiast managing to support both Newcastle United and Hibernian.
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Stacy Feldmann

Senior Regulation Analyst – Generation & Wholesale markets
SSE
Stacy Feldmann
  • Stacy Feldmann
    Stacy first embarked on her career in the CRU in 2008, before relocating to London and joining Ofgem in 2010. Over those years, she gained expertise in price control development (RIIO-ED1), distribution networks regulation, wholesale markets, compliance, incentive design and stakeholder engagement. Following her relocation back to Dublin, Stacy joined SSE’s Generation & Markets Regulation team in 2018, specifically focussed on ISEM. She is a vocal industry participant at various forums including the EAI Markets Committee as vice-chair, the Trading & Settlement Code Committee, the IWEA Markets Committee and the IWEA Future Market Design group, as its chair.  
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Michael Phelan

CEO & Co-Founder
GridBeyond
Michael Phelan
  • Michael Phelan
    Michael is a global expert on the energy transition and the effects this has on markets and energy consumers. He has over 20 years management experience in sales, marketing and product development in electronic and software companies targeting the energy sector.
    Prior to founding GridBeyond, Michael held positions at Philips, Microsol, PCAS and Duolog in automation and electronics. He was responsible for developing European, Asian and American markets and OEMs such as Invensys, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, and Alstom.
     Michael is a graduate of University College Dublin where he obtained an MBA in Business Administration, Management and Operations. Michael’s invaluable knowledge and expertise have secured him a spot as one of the industry’s authoritative voices.
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Noel Cunniffe

Head of Policy
 IWEA
Noel Cunniffe
  • Noel Cunniffe
    Noel Cunniffe is the Head of Policy at the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) which is Ireland’s largest renewable energy association. IWEA works with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to build understanding and awareness of the benefits of 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, Noel was the Renewable Integration Lead in the Operations, Planning and Innovation department at EirGrid, the Transmission System Operator of Ireland, where he was responsible for leading aspects of EirGrid’s Delivering a Secure Sustainable Power System (DS3) Programme and the Horizon 2020 funded EU-SysFlex project. He previously led the development of EirGrid’s Tomorrows Energy Scenarios 2017 and has also worked in the Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO).
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Dr Paul Troughton

Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs
 Enel X
Dr Paul Troughton
  • Dr Paul Troughton
    Dr Paul Troughton is Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs for Enel X, innovators in customer-facing energy solutions. He heads their Flexibility Policy Centre, focusing on programme design issues in new markets.
     
    Paul has worked in demand response for more than a decade, with direct experience of the markets in Australia, New Zealand, GB, and Ireland, and exposure to issues in many other countries. He has previously worked in clean technology investment, technology transfer, consumer electronics start-ups, and for the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand, where he was one of the first to get to grips with nodal pricing.
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Jerry Hallissey

Head of Business Development
Shannon Foynes Port
Jerry Hallissey
  • Jerry Hallissey
    Jerry Hallissey is Head of Business Development for Shannon Foynes Port. Shannon Foynes port is the statutory authority for the 500 square kilometer Shannon Estuary, it is Irelands largest bulk port and second largest overall, with channel depts of up to 32 meters, it is the deepest and most sheltered estuary in Ireland.
    Jerry Hallissey has been involved in maritime, logistics and supply chain industries for over 30 years, he has been involved in projects in Ireland, UK, Europe and the United States and has created and delivered customer centric supply chain solutions to various industry sectors.
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Clare Duffy

Network Development and Electrification Manager
 ESB Networks
Clare Duffy
  • Clare Duffy
    Clare Duffy is a chartered engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the electricity industry. As member of the cross functional senior leadership team in ESB Networks she has specific responsibility for planning electricity distribution network asset investments and distribution customer connections; is accountable for Electrification of Heat and Transport initiatives key to ESB Networks strategic role in transitioning Ireland to a lower carbon energy system; and is accountable for innovation in ESB Networks that includes 3 innovation-specific teams covering future horizon scanning, delivery of pilots/trials, and the transition of successful trials to business-as-usual.
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Anita H Holgersen

Senior Business Development Director
Equinor
Anita H Holgersen
  • Anita H Holgersen
    Anita H Holgersen has more than 25 years’ experience in the energy sector of which 10 years has been dedicated to establishment of offshore wind farms for Equinor. She has worked as Infrastructure, Facility & Procurement Manager in the preparation for Sheringham Shoal operations, in Dudgeon and Hywind Scotland wind farms.
     
    She was assigned to the prepare for operation organization in Sheringham Shoal wind farm and the and lived as an expat in the UK over a period of two years. As a Senior Director of Business Development, she has been responsible for building business opportunities in Asia and Europe and is now focused on Ireland.
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Robert McGuinness

Assistant Principal Officer
Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment
Robert McGuinness
  • Robert McGuinness
    Robert McGuinness is the Assistant Principal in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment leading the development of offshore grid policy and offshore RESS terms and conditions. Robert joined the Department in 2015, taking responsibility for Bord na Móna corporate governance and later working in the heat energy policy area, developing the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat. Robert has recently returned to the Department having being seconded to the Department of Finance. 
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Margaret Nee

Grid Manager, Development Projects
Statkraft Ireland
Margaret Nee
  • Margaret Nee
    Margaret is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and has been working in the Irish electricity and energy sector since 2001.  Prior to becoming Statkraft grid manager for development projects earlier this year, Margaret has a background of working in Grid and electrical roles within EirGrid, SWS Energy, Bord Gais Energy and Brookfield Renewable.  Margaret is current chair of the IWEA Grid committee and is an active member on a number of IWEA working groups.  Margaret specialises in Grid connection optimisation, compliance and policy development.

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Ciarán Arthur

Strategic Development
Suir Engineering
Ciarán Arthur
  • Ciarán Arthur
    Strategic Development lead for Suir Engineering: design, integrate and deliver 2022 strategy focusing on business development, brand/ marketing strategy and International Growth. Responsibilities include: growing the Energy & Utilities division and Data Centre division, report to the EDF PMO on CSF and strategy milestones, brand refresh lead and strategy for HR working group.
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Ray Thompson

Head of Business Development
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Ray Thompson
  • Ray Thompson
    Ray leads on policy, regulation and government affairs in the UK for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and has chaired a number of cross-industry groups on the areas of Supply chain and Innovation. An electrical engineer by background, Ray holds an MBA from Newcastle University.
     
    With over 40 years experience in the engineering and energy sectors, Ray has worked in transmission & distribution, fossil generation and renewables in both public and private sectors roles.
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Patricia Comiskey

Programme Manager for Ocean Energy
SEAI
Patricia Comiskey
  • Patricia Comiskey
    Patricia Comiskey is the Programme Manager for Ocean Energy in Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Patricia has a background in Marine Biology and Environmental Consenting. She has worked in the public sector for 20 years primarily on marine related policy development and has been with SEAI for 11 years. Patricia has headed up Ocean Programme in SEAI since 2015 and has worked closely with industry and government to progress support for this sector through funding targeted projects; supporting test site infrastructure and advising on policy development. Patricia has a BA in Science from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Marine and Fisheries Science from Aberdeen University.
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Jonathan O’Sullivan

Manager Innovation
EirGrid Group
Jonathan O’Sullivan
  • Jonathan O’Sullivan
    Jonathan O’Sullivan has spent over 25 years working in the electricity industry in the planning, operation and markets design.   In this time he has developed an acknowledged expertise in the theoretical modelling of the system, the necessary practical operation practices and the requirements for a well designed and functional market.  In recent years Jonathan has been central to the development and implementation of the “Delivering a Secure sustainable power system” (DS3) programme which has transformed the power system of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the last decade.
     
    His current role in EirGrid, the transmission system operator in Ireland and Northern Ireland, is Head of Future Markets where he is responsible for the design and implementation of electricity mstructures consistent with 100% RES-E and beyond. Jonathan is an active member of ENTSO-E, the European association of TSO, where he contributes to working groups and committees on innovation, research, markets and renewables, long term market design and TSO-DSO interaction.
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Kate Garth

Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager UK & Ireland
RWE Renewables
Kate Garth
  • Kate Garth
    With over 20 years’ energy industry experience, Kate joined RWE Renewables (formerly Innogy Renewables) in 2019. Her role includes leading  RWE Renewable’s regulatory and policy development for the Irish market across a range of issues, including market support mechanisms, grid, and ancillary markets.  She is also responsible for enabling renewables to fully participate within the UK’s capacity and ancillary markets. Kate has a long and varied experience working collaboratively with the regulator, Government Departments and multiple industry groups to shape and support the development of effective policies including Smart & Flexible Systems,  decarbonisation of heat, energy efficiency, community energy and fuel poverty.
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Bernice Doyle

Grid Manger
Statkraft Ireland
Bernice Doyle
  • Bernice Doyle
    Bernice Doyle is Grid Manager with Statkraft Ireland. She is a Chartered Electrical Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the renewable energy sector with Airtricity, SSE, Element Power and Statkraft. Bernice chaired the IWEA Storage Committee from 2017-2020 and is the current chair of the Engineers Ireland Energy, Environment and Climate Action (EECA) Division. She has managed delivery of 2 of the largest shared contestable grid infrastructure projects in Ireland (for West Galway and Cordal sub-groups) and she recently managed the delivery of the first large-scale battery on the Irish grid- the Kilathmoy 11MW BESS facility- which commenced delivery of services via a DS3 tariff contract with EirGrid in April 2020
     
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Niall Cussen

The Planning Regulator
Office of the Planning Regulator
Niall Cussen
  • Niall Cussen
    Niall is the Chief Executive and Planning Regulator at the Office of the Planning Regulator
    (OPR) established by Government in April 2019.
    Prior to his appointment, Niall was Chief Planner at the Department of Housing, Planning
    and Local Government from July 2014, having also worked in the Department from January
    2000 in a number of professional planning roles.
    As Chief Planner, Niall was responsible for leading the department’s forward planning
    section and its professional and multi-disciplinary planning team in developing legislation as
    well as all Government policy on planning and related matters. This included the National
    Planning Framework as part of Project Ireland 2040 alongside the National Development
    Plan.
    Prior to joining the department in 2000, Niall had an extensive planning career working for
    local authorities in Clare, Meath, Dublin City Council and An Bord Pleanála where he worked
    in all aspects of the planning process.
    Niall holds qualifications in economics and geography, regional and urban planning and
    environmental engineering from Maynooth University (1987), University College Dublin
    (1989) and Trinity College Dublin (1995). He is a member and a past President of the Irish
    Planning Institute.

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Peter Harte

Director
Statkraft Ireland
Peter Harte
  • Peter Harte
    Peter has built up a number of wind development businesses in Ireland, including SWS Energy and Element Power and the Greenlink Interconnector project. He currently works for Statkraft, focussed on grid and regulatory issues. More recently his focus has been on grid integration issues, having worked on a now-operational 11MW battery project, with a further 26MW Li-Ion battery storage project in construction. He was also involved in Irelands’ first wind/ultracapacitor/diesel hybrid project. Peter is past Chair of the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA). He holds a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Limerick.
     
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Brian Keville

Environmental Director
MKO
Brian Keville
  • Brian Keville
    Brian is the Environmental Director of MKO, a leading planning and environmental consultancy that has been at the cutting edge of wind energy planning in Ireland for the last decade. Brian also currently chairs IWEA’s Planning Committee. He has 20 years’ professional consultancy experience as a project director, project manager and lead coordinator of environmental impact assessments for wind energy and other large-scale infrastructure projects. MKO have advised on over 1GW of Irish wind energy projects, and have project managed over 1GW of projects successfully through the Irish planning process and onwards to construction. 
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Conall Bolger

Head of Energy Markets
Cornwall Insight
Conall Bolger
  • Conall Bolger
    Conall is Cornwall Insight’s Head of Energy Markets and is responsible for thought leadership activities in the Irish markets, and advises clients on strategic level concerns. He established the Dublin office.
     
    Conall is an experienced consultant specialising in energy policy, wholesale markets, project commercials, routes to market, and regulation. He has aided players build business cases in a range of areas across the energy value chain, including: renewables, retail, trading, flexibility and behind the meter.
     
    With more than 13 years’ experience in the sector, he has also been active in a number of international markets including the UK, Poland and Canada.
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Martin Finucane

Head of Division, International and Offshore Energy Policy
DCCAE
Martin Finucane
  • Martin Finucane
    Martin Finucane is the Principal Officer leading the International and Offshore Energy Division within the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. He has responsibility for energy policy development and coordination including policy development on offshore technologies, preparation of the National Energy and Climate Plan as well as broader European Union and international energy policy.  He previously worked as Head of Finance and the Renewable Energy Division in the Department. 
     
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Dr Mark Turner

Director
Baringa Partners
Dr Mark Turner
  • Dr Mark Turner
    Mark is a Director in Baringa’s Energy practice, and an expert on the Irish power market.  He is a seasoned advisor on regulation and policy, market analysis and modelling, transactions and routes to market.  He led Baringa’s influential ’70 by 30’ study, Baringa’s recent work for the Irish government on corporate PPA policy, and has supported most of the investors, funds, lenders, developer and large energy users in Ireland – along with government and regulators.
     
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Karen Trant

Director of Energy Networks & Legal
CRU
Karen Trant
  • Karen Trant
    Karen joined the CRU in 2006 and has been involved in the energy Safety and energy Networks Divisions both as a manager and then senior manager. She was appointed Director of Water in 2018, before moving to her current role as Director of Energy Networks & Legal. Karen has responsibility for the regulation of the electricity and natural gas infrastructures in Ireland, including setting network development and connection policy, approving charges for access to and use of the networks and resolving connection disputes.  Her division also has a general role in advising the organisation on all legal matters. She is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast where she completed and LLB in Law. Karen is a qualified solicitor with the Law Society of Ireland.
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John Melvin

Director Energy Markets & Smart Metering
CRU
John Melvin
  • John Melvin
    John Melvin was appointed as the Director of Energy Markets and Smart Metering in May 2018, previously Director of Energy Networks and Legal. John has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector and has held roles in the commercial energy sector in engineering consultancy and operation of power generation facilities.
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John Kelly

Project Director
Grousemount Wind Farm, ESB Asset Development
John Kelly
  • John Kelly
    John Kelly has worked in ESB for 18 years with over 10 years of onshore renewables experience. The past 6 years have seen John at the helm of Irelands largest stand alone Wind Farm, Grousemount at 114MW. As Project Director John has lead the team through all delivery challenges, community engagement and key stakeholder management to project completion in Summer 2020. Prior to Grousemount, John has a range of experience in other onshore wind projects, international projects and power plant projects.   
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Eoin Kennedy

Head of Network Planning (Interim)
EirGrid Group
Eoin Kennedy
  • Eoin Kennedy
    Eoin Kennedy is currently Head of Network Planning (Interim) for EirGrid Group but will shortly take up the role of Head of Future Operations. In his new role, he will lead the programme for putting in place what is required to operate the power system in 2030 and will develop the scenarios, options and optimum pathways to ensure that the operational ambition for the power system is realised. Eoin holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering from Dublin City University and an MBA from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.
     
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Louise O'Flanagan

Offshore Programme Manager
EirGrid Group
Louise O'Flanagan
  • Louise O'Flanagan
    Louise is a Principal Engineer within the Infrastructure Office at EirGrid. In this role, she is the programme manager for offshore wind developments in Ireland.
    Louise joined EirGrid in 2011 and has delivered grid connections for large scale on-shore wind farms as well as managing the feasibility phase of the Celtic Interconnector Project. 
    Prior to joining EirGrid, Louise worked in consultancy for the utilities industry both in Ireland and the UK.  Louise is a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland and holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Science both from University College Dublin. 
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Dr. Eoin Hodge

CTO
Supernode
Dr. Eoin Hodge
  • Dr. Eoin Hodge
    Eoin has broad industry experience developing advanced clean technology products and projects, combined with an extensive background in renewables generation R&D, machine engineering, power systems integration, offshore engineering, and transmission device product development.
    Eoin received a doctorate in Electromagnetics from the University of Wollongong and also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering. Prior to joining SuperNode, Eoin worked as a Technical Manager in a Naval Energies company, leading the development of high-capacity marine energy turbines and subsea power conditioning, control and transmission equipment.  He has also previously worked in academic R&D, product and project development in the energy sector and in the automotive and biomedical sectors; designing high-tech consumer and heavy industry components and products.
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Duncan O'Toole

Co-Founder & Commercial Director, Electricity Exchange, Managing Director
Captured Carbon
Duncan O'Toole
  • Duncan O'Toole
    Before founding Electricity Exchange with Paddy Finn, Duncan established Captured Carbon Ltd (CCL) which is at the forefront of trading of renewable electricity and certificates in Ireland.  In CCL, it was apparent that the increased penetration of wind and other renewable electricity in Ireland was creating challenges for the security of Ireland’s grid.   A solution to this is the role of demand side management of electricity, where the grid looks beyond the traditional control of generation or supply for balancing the grid and looks to control the demand or consumption.    Electricity Exchange recognises the challenges faced by increasing renewable electricity globally and seeks to provide the technological solutions to these problems.
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George Tottenham

Development Project Manager
RWE Renewables Ireland
George Tottenham
  • George Tottenham
    George Tottenham is a Project Manager in the Onshore wind development team for Innogy Renewables Ireland, owned by innogy SE, a leading European energy company with a current generation capacity of over 3.9GW and activities to expand renewables worldwide.  George has worked in the renewables industry since 2009. Prior to his current role, he worked in the North and West of Ireland developing a number of wind farms from greenfield right through to operation. George is a member of the IWEA Community Engagement Committee and chaired the Community Benefit and Investment working group in preparation for the RESS1 consultation.
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Donal O'Sullivan

Head of Development
Statkraft Ireland
Donal O'Sullivan
  • Donal O'Sullivan
    Donal is currently the Head of Development for Statkraft Ireland based in Cork.
    Donal has over 13 years’ experience in the Irish Renewables Industry and currently manages Statkrafts wind and solar Development activities in Ireland.  As part of his role Donal is responsible for the Irish Development teams based in Cork and Tullamore and has helped grow the Statkraft renewable energy pipeline to over 2.5GW of all forms of renewables. Statkraft won over support for over 300MW of solar and wind projects in the first RESS auction. 
    Donal previously worked with SWS Energy and Bord Gais Energy and prior to working in the wind industry Donal worked in the telecoms sector for a number of years.
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Aoife O'Keefe

Senior Planning Project Manager
EDF Renewables Ireland
Aoife O'Keefe
  • Aoife O'Keefe
    Aoife has recently joined EDF Renewables as Senior Planning Project Manager, responsible for planning, environmental and community engagement activities across EDF’s Irish project portfolio.  Aoife has an MSc in Environmental Sustainability and over 10 years’ experience working across a range of renewable technologies including offshore wind, wave and tidal, but primarily focused on onshore wind. After a number of years developing wind farms in Scotland, Aoife moved back to Dublin in 2016 and has been involved in both technical due diligence and project development activities on Irish wind farm projects for the last 4 years.  Aoife has recently completed an advanced diploma in planning and environmental law at the Kings Inns law school.
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Derek Hynes

Head of Project Delivery
ESB Networks
Derek Hynes
  • Derek Hynes
    Derek Hynes is an engineer who has worked in ESB for over 20 years.  He is currently Head of Project Delivery in ESB Networks.  He has responsibility for construction and maintenance projects on the electricity network including all generator grid connections.
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Liam Ryan

Chief Innovation and Planning Officer
EirGrid Group
Liam Ryan
  • Liam Ryan
    Liam Ryan is the Chief Innovation and Planning Officer of EirGrid Group. Prior to this Liam was Interim Director of Grid Development & Interconnection. Liam also held a number of other positions in EirGrid including Head of the Integrated Single Electricity Market transition, Head of Transmission Engineering & Maintenance, Head of Market Operations, Head of Power System Operational Planning and Head of Programme Management Office. Before joining EirGrid, Liam held a number of senior roles in Hewlett Packard manufacturing and innovation departments and before that worked in consultancy. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he has a PhD and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering  and holds a Masters in Mathematics.
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Alan McHugh

Associate Director
Kirby
Alan McHugh
  • Alan McHugh
    Alan is Associate Director at Kirby. He leads their Power Transmission & Distribution business in delivering power solutions to the renewables, data centre, grid development and industrial sectors. An electrical engineer by qualification, he has worked in the Irish renewable industry for many years, previously as head of EirGrid’s new connections team and now on behalf of Kirby’s wide range of developer clients. With a background encompassing infrastructure project development as well as design and construction, he has wide ranging experience in legislative, planning, regulatory and commercial contexts from wind farms and battery storage to HVDC interconnection and grid reinforcement.  
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Patrick Maguire

Asset Manager
Greencoat
Patrick Maguire
  • Patrick Maguire
    Patrick has worked in the renewables industry since 2002 in various roles in development and operations. He joined Greencoat in 2017 to lead the Asset Management team for the Greencoat Renewables portfolio, responsible for all aspects of project operations and technical due diligence for acquisitions. Prior to Greencoat, Patrick worked for Mainstream Renewable Power and Airtricity. Patrick relocated to the USA in 2009 and led Mainstream’s expansion in the US before taking on the role of Head of Asset Operations based in Dublin.
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Fabio Genoese

Head of Strategy
Terna
Fabio Genoese
  • Fabio Genoese
    Mr Genoese, a German-Italian national, has been working in the energy sector for more than 12 years. He started his career in 2008 as consultant to energy utilities and the German government, playing a vital role in working out regulatory measures to avoid extreme negative electricity prices. From 2013 to 2016, he was in charge of electricity policy analysis at CEPS, a Brussels-based Think Tank, authoring numerous publications on electricity market design as well as engaging corporate and institutional stakeholders through CEPS Task Forces. In 2016/17, he contributed to ENGIE's innovation strategy as Smart Energy Systems Expert in the fields of green gas and electric mobility. He is currently Head of Strategy at Terna in Rome.
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Eamonn Confrey

Principal Officer
Electricity Policy Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment
Eamonn Confrey
  • Eamonn Confrey
    Eamonn Confrey is the Principal Officer, Electricity Policy Division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE), where he is responsible for promoting the sustainability of electricity supply and demand, and facilitating the growth of renewable electricity technologies in line with Government and European policy. He was previously head of the Energy Security Division and has served in various roles within the Department.  
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Mark Welsh

Energy Services Manager
Energia Group
Mark Welsh
  • Mark Welsh
    Mark is a Chartered Energy Manager with over 40 years’ experience within the energy sector. His career has included Northern Ireland Electricity, metering, electrical design & installation, terms of supply, key account management, energy marketing, and energy efficiency.  As Energia’s Energy Services Manager, Mark is responsible for the Wind to Hydrogen Work Package of the €9m Interreg Funded GenComm project, which seeks to address the barriers preventing the greater integration of renewables into our energy matrix.
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Derek Scully

Regulation Manager
Energia Group
Derek Scully
  • Derek Scully
    Derek is Regulation Manger with Energia with responsibility for policy matters.  In 10 years with Energia, Derek has been involved in a number of significant regulatory, policy and legal developments, and is currently working to support Energia’s €3bn Positive Energy investment programme.  
    Derek regularly represents Energia at industry forums and chairs a number of industry groups.  He has also worked as a consultant with the European Commission, as well as for a number of governments and international energy companies on energy matters.  
    Derek holds a MA in Economics (UCD) and Barrister-at-Law Degree (King’s Inns).
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Dr. Amir José Daou Pulido

Market Applications Manager
Fluence
Dr. Amir José Daou Pulido
  • Dr. Amir José Daou Pulido
    As a member of Fluence’s Market Applications team, Amir leads activities that enable new market opportunities for stationary energy storage solutions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with a special focus on renewables plus storage and grid services. Prior to Fluence, he helped develop commercial battery storage solutions at RWE Supply & Trading. Before that, he was involved in research and business development in the energy sector. Amir holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in electronics and system engineering, respectively, and a PhD in mechanical engineering.
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Simon Grimes

Head of Market Integration
EirGrid Group
Simon Grimes
  • Simon Grimes
    Simon Grimes is the Head of Market Integration in EirGrid.  Prior to this Simon programme managed EirGrid’s delivery of the transformational Integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM) Project.  Simon has held a number of other managerial positions within EirGrid, including head of European Affairs, Transmission Access Planning, Commercial & Regulation and Codes & Agreements.  Before joining EirGrid, Simon spent just over 10 years with ESB Networks, primarily focused on facilitating the connection of renewables to the distribution system.  Simon is an Engineering graduate of Leeds University and holds diplomas in Financial Management, Project Management and Personnel Management.
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Robert Flanagan

Head of Innovation
Electricity Exchange
Robert Flanagan
  • Robert Flanagan
    Robert is Head of Innovation at Electricity Exchange and leads the Research & Development projects underway within the company. These include the development of new metering and control systems, and the design of new tools and services that enable more optimal integration of Demand Response and Renewable generation in the power system.
     
    Robert holds a PhD in Physics from NUI Galway and following his PhD, worked as a Research Fellow in Regional/Global Climate modelling and atmospheric monitoring. Prior to joining Electricity Exchange he held a number of roles within EirGrid.
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Clodagh McGrath

Project Manager
Simply Blue Energy
Clodagh McGrath
  • Clodagh McGrath
    Clodagh is Project Manager for SBE’s Emerald Offshore Floating Wind Project, which includes the management of proposals, projects and associated resources, budgets & forecasting for the project. Clodagh has 25 years experience in the environmental sector with specific expertise in the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), consent applications and stakeholder engagement for offshore wind and tidal development in Ireland, UK and Canada and on-shore wind and solar projects in Ireland, Canada and Australia. She is SBE representative on range of Government and Industry committees (Marine Spatial Planning Advisory Committee, Irish Wind Energy Association IWEA offshore sub-committee on consenting). She is a qualified and experienced environmental trainer and has presented at a range of environmental conferences and seminars. Clodagh has a BSc in Applied Ecology and an MSc in Environmental Impact Assessment.
     
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Cathal Hennessy

Managing Director
RWE Renewables Ireland
Cathal Hennessy
  • Cathal Hennessy
    Cathal Hennessy is the Managing Director of RWE Renewables Ireland. RWE Renewables, the newest subsidiary of the RWE Group, is one of the world's leading renewable energy companies. With around 3,500 employees, the company has onshore and offshore wind farms, photovoltaic plants and battery storage facilities with a combined capacity of approximately 9 gigawatts. RWE Renewables is driving the expansion of renewable energy in more than 15 countries on four continents. For further growth a net investment budget of €5 billion is available until 2022. When adding in possible partnerships, the medium term investment budget could reach up to €9 billion. The focus is on the Americas, the core markets in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. 
    Cathal is leading the growth of RWE’s renewables business in Ireland, which currently includes onshore wind, offshore wind and battery storage developments. Cathal started his career in renewables with the Irish state forestry company Coillte primarily working on the successful development of their REFIT 2 assets. From there Cathal joined Europe’s largest solar PV developer Lightsource BP, establishing their Irish business. In addition to RWE’s Irish renewables business Cathal works closely on RWE’s UK onshore wind developments. Cathal holds an science degree from University College Dublin, and post graduate qualifications in sustainable energy finance,   accountancy and project management. 
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Bobby Smith

Senior Policy Advisor
IWEA
Bobby Smith
  • Bobby Smith
    Bobby Smith is a senior policy advisor with the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA). Bobby’s main responsibilities include oversight of national electricity grid policy and assisting in the development of IWEA’s strategic initiatives to deliver 70% RES-E by 2030. Bobby also manages Energy Storage Ireland which is an industry association aiming to facilitate the development of energy storage as an enabler of Ireland’s clean energy future. Previously, Bobby worked in the electricity networks team of the Commission for Regulation of Utilities where he was involved in areas such as electricity networks policy, local security of supply and the development of the DS3 System Services Volume Capped and Volume Uncapped arrangements. 
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Garry Connolly

Founder and President
Host in Ireland
Garry Connolly
  • Garry Connolly
    Garry Connolly 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 Irish companies delivering international data centre projects. A self-proclaimed “stubborn digital optimist,” Garry is a much sought-after keynote speaker, panellist and moderator at global industry events. 
     
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Eoin McPartland

Offshore Manager
Eoin McPartland, Offshore Manager, Energia Group
Eoin McPartland
  • Eoin McPartland
    Eoin is Offshore Manager with Energia with responsibility for overall portfolio development. Since joining, Eoin has been involved in the establishment of Energia’s offshore portfolio and actively represents Energia in a number of industry forums. 
     
    Prior to joining Energia, Eoin previously held roles in international project development and procurement with Mainstream Renewable Power.
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Lisa McMullan

Head of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs
GridBeyond
Lisa McMullan
  • Lisa McMullan
    Lisa is an electrical engineer who has worked in the electricity industry for the past 11 years in a range of roles in EirGrid including on DS3, Grid Code, Gate 3 Connections and in the Control Centre. She has been working for GridBeyond, a demand response flexibility provider, since January 2019 becoming an active participant in the Demand Response Aggregators of Ireland. Lisa is looking for ways to increase demand response participation from Commercial and Industrial customers not only in Ireland but across Europe and the United States.  
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Donal Smith

Galetech Energy Services
Donal Smith
  • Donal Smith
    Consultant and advisor to a wide range of clients for all grid connection, electrical works and connection policy matters. Donals’ expertise along with the multi-disciplinary Galetech Energy Services team, provides critical advice and professional services from project inception to asset operation. 
    Working in wind energy development since 2006, and as an independent consultant since 2015, Donal has been actively involved in policy and lobbying with IWEA and has led many valuable wind energy policy developments. Currently has chaired IWEA Grid Committee, is a member of the ISEA grid committee and a member of EirGrids DS3 advisory Council. 
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