Northern Ireland

Energy Forum 2018

Northern Ireland’s major annual energy conference…

Thursday 27th September 2018 • Titanic Belfast

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Northern Ireland Energy Forum 2018

The Northern Ireland Energy Forum, now in its 16th 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 2018 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.

Entering the age of disruption

As we move through 2018, there has never been a more critical time for the key players in the Northern Ireland energy sector. Globally, the energy world is in a state of flux as it transitions to a low carbon, distributed and digital model – yet one that must still deliver secure and affordable energy. Closer to home, with Brexit looming large and still no functioning devolved administration, what is next for local energy policy? Political uncertainty is already having an impact with a challenge launched to the planning approval for the North-South Interconnector, which has been deemed the single most important infrastructure project on the Island of Ireland.

2018 themes

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

  • ✔ The impact of Brexit on energy markets
  • ✔ Outlook for the natural gas market
  • ✔ Update on ISEM: Dealing with the new market arrangements
  • ✔ The European energy market outlook
  • ✔ Moving towards the digital utility
  • ✔ Investing in energy infrastructure
  • ✔ The role of renewable energy in Northern Ireland
  • ✔ Securing long term investment for renewables
  • ✔ Empowering energy communities
  • ✔ The future of the EU Emissions Trading System

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

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 including drinks reception
  • ✔ Structured to provide opportunities to engage with speakers in the Q&A sessions and informally
  • ✔ Exhbition area

DATE 27 September 2018

LOCATION Titanic Belfast

SPEAKERS 15+ Speakers


Steven Agnew MLA Green Party

Roy Beggs MLA Ulster Unionist Party

Cathal Boylan Sinn Féin

Conference Programme

Conference Sessions

  • 09:00
    Chairman: Ian McCarlie, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP
    Northern Ireland’s energy policy priorities: A look ahead Joe Reynolds, Head of Division on Energy, Department for the Economy
    An effective regulatory framework for energy in Northern Ireland Kevin Shiels, Director of Retail Markets, Utility Regulator
    Re-energising Northern Ireland: The impact of Brexit on Ireland’s all-Island energy market Dr Thomas Muinzer, Lecturer, Environmental Law and Public Law, University of Stirling
    Panel discussion: The future of energy in Northern Ireland Pat Austin, Director, NEA
    Meabh Cormacain, Manager, Northern Ireland Renewables Industry Group
    Robin McCormick, General Manager, SONI Ltd (invited)
    Michael McKinstry, Chief Executive, Phoenix Natural Gas
    Lisa Fahy, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, SSE
    Questions and answers / Panel discussion
    10:45 Morning coffee / networking break and exhibition viewing
  • 11:05
    The future of the EU Emissions Trading System Milan Elkerbout, Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies
    What is the future of renewables in Northern Ireland? Richard Murphy, Head of Energy & Natural Resources Northern Ireland, Pinsent Masons LLP
    Future outlook for Northern Ireland’s electricity market Paul Stapleton, Managing Director, NIE Networks
    Securing long term investment for renewables Kirsty Hamilton, Associate, Chatham House
    Dealing with the new market arrangements Dara Lynott, Chief Executive, Electricity Association of Ireland
    Questions and answers / Panel discussion
    13:00 Conference lunch / networking break and exhibition viewing
  • 14:00
    Political Panel Discussion

    Steven Agnew MLA
    Green Party

    Roy Beggs MLA

    Cathal Boylan MLA
    Sinn Féin

    Stephen Farry MLA

    Digital technologies to transform utilities David Richardson, Innovation Lead, Energy Systems, Innovate UK
    The future outlook for the gas market in Northern Ireland Mark Raphael, General Manager, GMO Northern Ireland
    Empowering communities to own, generate and save energy together Rebecca Lawson, Senior Change Designer, Forum for the Future
    The role of storage in changing energy markets Neil Hewitt, Professor of Energy, Ulster University
    Questions and answers / Panel discussion
    16:30 Conference close followed by drinks reception
Delegates listening attentively to a guest speaker at Northern Ireland Energy Forum 2017

Conference start

27th September 2018 — Titanic, Belfast

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