Northern Ireland
Energy Forum 2024

Tuesday 17 September 2024 • Titanic Belfast



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Northern Ireland Energy Forum 2024

The Northern Ireland Energy Forum, now in its 23rd year, has firmly established itself as the annual conference for Northern Ireland’s energy sector and is a not-to-be-missed event for anyone with an interest in the local energy industry. The 2024 Forum will once again bring together all the key players, from Northern Ireland and further afield, to focus on the most important aspects of energy policy and the latest developments across the sector. It provides a unique opportunity for all those operating within the sector to come together for networking and discussion. 

Decarbonising the Northern Ireland economy

The decarbonisation of the economy is one of the key priorities set out by Economy Minister, Conor Murphy, MLA. Decarbonisation of energy use has become a priority for all governments amidst a worsening climate crisis. The market turmoil of recent years and the anxiety over energy security has only accelerated the drive towards developing indigenous renewable energy sources. The Minister has announced a ban on oil and gas licensing and will focus on the urgent need for delivery in electricity, heat and transport areas. In electricity, the first RESS auction is planned for 2025 with 2 GW needed to achieve the 2023 target of 80% of electricity from renewable sources. The reform of electricity connection policy is underway and the sector will see the introduction of smart metering. The use of battery storage is also accelerating with utility scale storage projects now coming on stream. In heat, the focus for the sector is now on the development of biomethane, heat networks and geothermal sources. Transport will see an increase in electrification and the development of a green hydrogen sector offers scope to decarbonise the sector and to also deliver a long term storage solution for the energy system as a whole. The 2024 Forum comes at a time when developments are accelerating right across the energy sector and will bring together all these issues with a range of expert speakers.

Where

Titanic Belfast

When

Tuesday 17th
September

2024 themes

  • Decarbonising the Northern Ireland economy
  • Regulatory outlook for the energy sector
  • The future of the electricity grid
  • Heat networks as part of a just transition to net zero
  • Planning and environmental aspects of energy projects
  • The role of wind energy in achieving 80 by 2030
  • Meeting the need for long term energy storage
  • Developing a biomethane sector in Northern Ireland
  • Skills for the energy transition
  • Developing a hydrogen economy

Event Speakers

Speakers confirmed so far include:

Speaker 1

Ian Snowden

Department for the Economy

Speaker 1

John French

Utility Regulator

Speaker 1

Katie Petherbridge

National Gas UK

Speaker 1

Richard Rodgers

Department for the Economy

Speaker 1

Derek Hynes

NIE Networks

Speaker 1

Niall Martindale

firmus energy

Speaker 1

Andrew Ryan

TLT Solicitors

Speaker 1

David Rooney

Queen’s University Belfast

Speaker 1

Klair Neenan

SSE Airtricity

Speaker 1

Alan Campbell

SONI

Speaker 1

Senior representative

Stream Bioenergy

Speaker 1

Edel Creery

NIE Networks

Speaker 1

Kevin Murphy

TLT Solicitors

Speaker 1

Yvonne Murphy

Irish District Energy Association

Speaker 1

Christian Calvillo

University of Strathclyde

Speaker 1

Niamh Kenny

North Channel Wind

Programme

Registration & morning coffee

Chair’s welcome and introduction

Kevin Murphy, Partner
TLT

Energy policy

The path to net zero: secure, affordable, clean

Ian Snowden, Permanent Secretary
Department for the Economy

Regulatory outlook

Regulatory outlook for energy in Northern Ireland

John French, Chief Executive
Utility Regulator

Electricity network

Delivering a sustainable energy system for all

Derek Hynes, Managing Director
NIE Networks

Decarbonisation of gas network

Decarbonising the natural gas network

Niall Martindale, CEO
firmus energy

Decarbonisation

Providing long-term solutions to energy security, affordability and climate change

Klair Neenan, Managing Director
SSE Airtricity

Questions & answers / Panel discussion

Morning coffee / networking break

Building blocks of the energy transition I
Planning and
environment

Planning, environment and delivering energy projects: The pressure is on

Andrew Ryan, Partner
TLT Solicitors

Electricity grid

Transitioning the electricity grid to meet our climate change targets

Alan Campbell, Chief Executive
SONI

Heat

Decarbonised and affordable heat as part of a just transition to net zero

Yvonne Murphy, Chief Executive Officer
Irish District Energy Association

Offshore wind

Floating wind: the next generation of opportunity

Niamh Kenny, Project Director
North Channel Wind

Skills

Labour supply constraints in decarbonising the UK economy

Christian Calvillo, Research Fellow, Centre for Energy Policy
University of Strathclyde

Questions & answers / Panel discussion

Networking lunch

Building blocks of the energy transition II

Chair: Edel Creery, Head of Communications
NIE Networks

Hydrogen

Hydrogen: Supporting clean growth and energy security

Katie Petherbridge, Innovation Delivery Manager
National Gas UK

Biogas

Biogas: Delivering a secure and sustainable clean energy future

Senior Representative
Stream Bioenergy

Long-term
energy storage

Energy storage: the linchpin of the energy transition

Susan Taylor, Senior Analyst, Batteries and Energy Storage
S&P Global (invited)

Questions & answers / Panel discussion

PANEL DISCUSSION: SHAPING NORTHERN IRELAND’S FUTURE ENERGY LANDSCAPE

Richard Rodgers, Deputy Secretary, Head of Energy, Department for the Economy

Professor David Rooney, Research Centre in Sustainable Energy, Queen’s University Belfast

Patricia McGrath, Head of Project Development, ABO Energy (invited)

Chairman’s summary and conference close

Sponsorship & Exhibition opportunities

There are a limited number of opportunities for interested organisations to partner with the 2024 Northern Ireland Energy Forum. This is an excellent way for organisations to showcase their expertise and raise their profile with a key audience of senior policy and decision makers from across Northern Ireland’s energy sector. For further information on how your organisation can benefit, contact Olivia Ross on 028 9261 9933 or email Olivia.Ross@agendaNi.com

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Delegate rate
£295

+ VAT

Event Venue

Event venue location info and gallery

Titanic Belfast

1 Olympic Way
Queen’s Road
Titanic Quarter
Belfast
Northern Ireland
BT3 9EP

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