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Energy Forum 2023 Towards a secure and sustainable energy system Titanic Belfast

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Northern Ireland Energy Forum 2023 Towards a secure and sustainable energy system

The Northern Ireland Energy Forum, now in its 22nd 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 2023 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 the net zero opportunity
This year’s Northern Ireland Energy Forum will take place at a time of transition for the energy sector. The crisis in energy markets and the focus on energy security comes against a backdrop of the decarbonisation of the economy, amidst a worsening climate crisis. There is now an Energy Strategy and Action Plan for the transition to a decarbonised energy sector. The transition to a net zero carbon economy also offers an economic opportunity in developing the Net Zero Technology sector, with energy technology now a key aspect of the 10X Economic strategy for Northern Ireland.

The electricity sector has led the way on decarbonisation, mostly with the development of onshore wind and, more recently, solar. The focus is now moving to the development of offshore wind resources. The gas network sector has ambitious plans to decarbonise the gas network, initially with biomethane and then with hydrogen. This year’s Forum will bring all these issues together with a range of expert speakers.

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. Economic opportunity of net zero technologies
  2. Regulatory outlook for energy sector
  3. Decarbonising the gas network
  4. Energy security in an uncertain world
  5. Planning and environmental aspects of energy projects
  6. Developing the offshore wind sector
  7. Electricity market reform
  8. Attracting talent to deliver net zero ambitions
  9. Developing a hydrogen economy
  10. Local community energy
  11. Shaping the future energy landscape

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

Speakers confirmed so far

Programme Conference programme

  • Morning coffee and registration
  • 09:00
    Chair’s welcome and introduction
    Kevin Murphy Partner TLT LLP
  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS The economic opportunity of net zero technologies for Northern Ireland Jayne Brady
    Head of Northern Ireland Civil Service
  • Regulatory outlook Regulatory outlook for energy in Northern Ireland John French Chief Executive Utility Regulator
  • Sustainable energy Delivering a sustainable energy system for all Derek Hynes Managing Director NIE Networks
  • Decarbonisation The future role of the gas network in a decarbonised economy Niall Martindale CEO firmus energy
  • Energy security Energy security in an All-Island context Brian Ó Gallachóir Associate Vice-President of Sustainability University College Cork
  • Question & answer session · Panel discussion

Morning coffee / networking break

Building blocks of the energy transition

  • Planning Planning and environmental aspects of delivering energy projects Andrew Ryan Partner TLT LLP
  • Offshore wind Challenges and opportunities for floating offshore wind Sam McCloskey Country Director Northern Ireland Simply Blue
  • Geothermal energy GeoEnergy NI: Unearthing the heat beneath our feet Marie Cowan Director Geological Survey of Northern Ireland
  • Skills Talent for developing Ireland’s green economy Tracey Donnery Executive Director Skillnet Ireland
  • Electricity market reform Electricity market reform: prospects for Single Electricity Market Alex Blanckley Principal AFRY Management Consulting
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

Conference lunch / networking break

Building blocks of the energy transition II

  • Chair Edel Creery Head of Communications NIE Networks
  • Hydrogen Scaling hydrogen solutions for a cost effective deep decarbonisation Clare Jackson Chief Executive Hydrogen UK
  • Community energy Local community energy: social, economic and ecological benefits Karen Arbuckle Director NI Community Energy
  • Net Zero Reducing energy demand through energy efficiency retrofitting Stuart Hobbs Director of Energy Services SSE Airtricity
  • Question & answer session · Panel discussion


  • Nikki Flanders Group Managing Director SSE Energy Customer Solutions
  • Sam McCloskey Country Director Northern Ireland Simply Blue
  • Richard Rodgers Deputy Secretary, Head of Energy Department for the Economy
  • David Surplus Managing Director B9 Energy

Chair'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 2023 Northern Ireland Energy Forum provides a great opportunity to make contacts and network. For further information on how your organisation can benefit, contact Jillian Wallace 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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Delegate rate

+ VAT @ 20% = £330


Conference venue

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

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