Stormont Hotel, Belfast

Northern Ireland Energy Forum 2017

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Northern Ireland's major annual energy conference

Northern Ireland Energy Forum 2017

The Northern Ireland Energy Forum, now in its 15th 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 eye on the local energy industry. The 2017 Forum will once again bring together all the key players, both from within Northern Ireland and further afield, to focus on the most important aspects of energy policy and latest developments from across the sector. It provides a unique opportunity for all those operating within the sector to come together for networking and discussion.

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Energy in transition

There has never been a more critical time for the key players in the Northern Ireland energy sector to take stock of the fast-changing landscape. The sector is coming under pressure from a changing political context, with Brexit and the fall of devolved administration, and the wider drive towards an energy system that has lower emissions and that has to deliver secure and affordable energy. Like many industries the energy sector is now seeing digital disruption and consumers now expect to interact with companies digitally. It is almost the perfect storm for energy companies, with many challenges but also opportunities.


Conference Programme
Chairman's welcome and introduction:
Ian McCarlie, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP
An effective regulatory framework for energy in Northern Ireland
Bill Emery, Chairman, Utility Regulator
Investing in Northern Ireland's electric future
Nicholas Tarrant, Managing Director, NIE Networks
The future outlook for UK-EU energy cooperation post-Brexit
Georgina Wright, European Programme Co-ordinator, Chatham House
Future of energy markets: Renewables and Brexit
Richard Murphy, Head of Energy & Natural Resources Northern Ireland, Pinsent Masons LLP
Questions & answers / Panel discussion

Morning coffee / networking break
Global gas developments and their impact on the Irish market
Howard Rogers, Chairman, Natural Gas Programme, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
The forgotten fuel? Making energy efficiency a priority
Fiona Kinsman, Legal Officer, DG Energy Commission
Investing in energy infrastructure: North/South interconnector
Rosemary Steen, Director, External Affairs, EirGrid
The future role of natural gas in the energy mix
Michael McKinstry, Chief Executive, Phoenix Natural Gas
Energy storage and its role in energy markets
Claire Addison, Government & Regulatory Affairs Manager, AES UK & Ireland
Questions & answers / Panel discussion

Conference lunch / networking break
The Winter Package and implications for the electricity sector
Dr Fergal McNamara, Head of DSO Unit, Eurelectric
The impact of Brexit on the Irish energy sector
Dr Muireann Lynch, Research Fellow, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)
Community energy: Shared ownership of renewable energy projects
Laura Nicolson, Shared Ownership Manager, Local Energy Scotland
Outlook for solar energy in Northern Ireland
David Maguire, Chairman, Irish Solar Energy Association
Future of onshore wind in Northern Ireland
Meabh Cormacain, Manager, Northern Ireland Renewables Industry Group
Questions & answers / Panel discussion

Conference close followed by drinks reception

Pricing & Registration

Conference delegate fee
£235 + VAT @ 20% = £282

Fee includes documentation, lunch and other refreshments served during the conference and is payable in advance. Fee does not include accommodation or travel.

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Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities

Northern Ireland Energy Forum 2017, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Energy Forum 2017, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Energy Forum 2017 Sponsorship

There are still a small number of available sponsorship opportunities at this year’s Forum. Sponsorship of the annual Northern Ireland Energy Forum is an excellent way for organisations to raise their profile with a key audience of energy sector policy-makers and business leaders.
For further details or to discuss how your organisation can benefit from close association with Northern Ireland’s leading annual energy conference, contact Lynda Millar on +44 (0)28 9261 9933 or email

Northern Ireland Energy Forum 2017 Exhibition

There are a number of excellent opportunities to exhibit at the 2017 Northern Ireland Energy Forum. The exhibition area is in the concourse outside the main conference area – where delegates will assemble and mingle throughout the day. The attendance at the conference includes many senior policy makers and decision-takers, so the opportunity to make an impression is clear. Contact Laura O’Neill on +44 (0)28 9261 9933 or email