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Energy Forum 2022 Towards a secure and sustainable energy system Titanic Belfast


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Northern Ireland Energy Forum 2022 Towards a secure and sustainable energy system

The Northern Ireland Energy Forum, now in its 20th 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 2022 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.

Decarbonisation and energy security crisis
This year’s Northern Ireland Energy Forum will take place at a time of crisis in energy markets. The economic rebound after the Covid-19 pandemic triggered a price spike for multiple commodities, including energy. The war in Ukraine has led to further increases in energy prices and security of supply concerns. The surge in energy prices is against the backdrop of the continuing transition to a net zero carbon energy system and a growing economy. Additionally, electricity security has come under the spotlight due to increasing demand on the island. Although the short-term focus has been on energy security, we are also at a critical time in delivering a net carbon zero energy system. There is now an Energy Strategy and Action Plan for the transition to a decarbonised energy sector.

Not-to-be-missed conference
The Northern Ireland Energy Forum is Northern Ireland’s longest established energy conference. The conference is the major annual event in the local energy calendar and one not to be missed. Key features of the event include:

  • Update from energy regulator
  • In-depth examination of key policy issues
  • Overview of Northern Ireland’s major energy projects
  • Attended by all the key players in the Northern Ireland energy sector
  • Major networking opportunity

Forum themes Key themes covered:

This year’s Forum will look at some of the major issues shaping the energy landscape including:

  1. Policy priorities for Northern Ireland energy sector
  2. Regulatory outlook for energy sector
  3. The role of electricity in decarbonising the economy
  4. Decarbonising the gas network
  5. Engaging citizens in the energy transition
  6. Short-term outlook for the gas market
  7. Energy technology developments
  8. Developing biomethane in Northern Ireland
  9. The role of energy storage systems
  10. Development of solar energy
  11. Challenges and opportunities in decarbonising the energy system

The event will bring together a mix of local industry leaders and visiting experts to look at these issues in detail.


Programme Conference programme

  • Morning coffee and registration
  • 09:00
    Chair’s welcome and introduction
    Kevin Murphy Partner TLT
  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS Northern Ireland’s path to net zero energy Richard Rodgers Deputy Secretary Head of Energy, Department for the Economy
  • Regulatory outlook for energy in Northern Ireland John French Chief Executive Utility Regulator
  • Delivering a sustainable energy system for all Derek Hynes Managing Director NIE Networks
  • The future role of the gas network in a decarbonised economy Niall Martindale CEO firmus energy
  • Short-term outlook for the European gas market Anouk Honoré Deputy Director, Gas Research Programme Oxford Institute of Energy Studies (OIES)
  • Question & answer session · Panel discussion

Comfort break

Building blocks of the energy transition

  • Sustainable energy innovation for a low carbon economy Martin Doherty Centre Manager Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE)
  • Planning and environment law in delivering clean energy: A key role in influencing policy? Andrew Ryan Partner TLT
  • Developing the hydrogen economy for a sustainable, secure energy future Catherine Sheridan Chief Operating Officer EIH2
  • Wind energy development in Northern Ireland: the next phase Steven Agnew Head RenewablesNI
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

Conference lunch / networking break

Building blocks of the energy transition II

  • Chairperson Edel Creery Head of Communications NIE Networks
  • The role of geothermal in the transition to clean, affordable and secure energy Simon Todd Co-Founder, Managing Director and Chief Technologist CausewayGT
  • Insights from the energy price crisis Peter McClenaghan Director of Infrastructure & Sustainability The Consumer Council
  • Robert Clements Head of Sustainable Development Northern Ireland Housing Executive

    • Chairperson Edel Creery Head of Communications NIE Networks
    • Declan Billington CEO John Thompson and Sons Limited
    • Robert McCreery NI Policy Officer Energy Saving Trust
    • David Gavaghan Chair Weev and Belfast Climate Commissioner
    • Richard Rodgers Deputy Secretary Head of Energy, Department for the Economy
    • Question & answer session · Panel discussion

    Chairman's concluding remarks and conference close

Sponsorship and Exhibition


There are a limited number of opportunities for interested organisations to become involved with this conference as an exhibitor. 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. The 2022 Northern Ireland Energy Forum provides a great opportunity to make contacts and network. For further information on how your organisation can benefit, contact Karen Fitzmaurice on 028 9261 9933 or email


There are a small number of opportunities remaining to become involved with the Northern Ireland Energy Forum as a sponsor. Sponsorship is often a springboard into the networking/informal strategic discussions from which major business opportunities arise. Partnership with the event underlines leadership status within the Northern Ireland energy community. In exchange for sponsorship support the sponsor will receive an attractive package of benefits designed to maximise their organisation’s profile in front of this senior energy audience and leave a lasting impression upon the key decision-makers in attendance. Please contact or call 028 9261 9933 for further information.

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Standard delegate rate

+ VAT @ 20% = £294