Irish Renewable Energy Summit 2023

Accelerating renewable energy for a secure and low carbon future
Croke Park, Dublin ● Thursday 9th February 2023
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Irish Renewable Energy Summit 2023 Accelerating renewable energy development

Renewable energy is central to the Government’s climate action ambitions. The current Programme for Government has set out specific targets and actions and renewable energy is also central to the Climate Action Plan 2021. Ireland’s renewable energy ambition includes the following actions by 2030:

✓ 80% electricity from renewable sources
✓ Develop at least 500MW of renewables through local community-based projects
✓ Bring onstream 8GW onshore and 5GW of offshore wind energy
✓ Deliver 1.5-2.5GW solar PV
✓ Install 600,000 heat pumps in residential buildings
✓ Deploy zero-carbon heating in 50,000 commercial buildings
✓ Increase the fleet of EVs and LEVs on the road to 945,000
✓ Raise the blend of biofuels to B20 in diesel and E10 in petrol

“Ireland remains heavily reliant on fossil fuel. We must radically reduce this dependence and make the transition to cleaner, indigenous renewable energy. Increased renewable energy will insulate Ireland from the volatility of international gas and carbon prices, which are near an all-time high.”
Minister Eamon Ryan, TD

Securing Ireland’s energy future

In addition to achieving the ambition set out in CAP21, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has moved the issue of energy security up the agenda. In order to decarbonise the energy system and enhance its security there will be the need to develop a range of renewables and supporting technologies including offshore wind, solar, bioenergy, green hydrogen, interconnectors and storage. It will also entail using renewable sources across electricity, heat and transport and this will be reflected in the summit programme. The 2023 Summit will also look at supply chain development for the sector.

The Renewable Energy Summit will provide a valuable opportunity to bring together the key stakeholders from across the energy sector, and those who interact with the energy sector to discuss how the contribution from renewable energy can be maximised and implemented most effectively. The objective is to create a genuine in-depth understanding of the alternative paths open to Ireland in increasing the contribution from renewable energy.

Conference themes Themes

  1. Future electricity grid to facilitate 80% renewables
  2. Developing biomethane for sustainable heat
  3. Ireland’s future hydrogen economy
  4. Developing Ireland’s offshore wind resources
  5. Electrification of transport
  6. Energy markets; fit for purpose in 100% renewable world?
  7. Future energy: harnessing ocean energy

Speakers Confirmed speakers


Eamon Ryan TD

Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications

Margie McCarthy

Director of Research and Policy Insights Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Maria Ryan

Director of Offshore Development SSE Renewables

John Reilly

Head of Renewable Energy Bord na Móna

Catharina Sikow-Magny

Director of Green Transition and Energy System Integration DG Energy, European Commission

Katy McNeil

Head of Scottish Government Office in Ireland

Muireann Lynch

Senior Research Officer Economic and Social Research Institute

Donagh Cagney

Policy Director Ocean Energy Europe

Tanya Harrington

Chairperson Renewable Energy Ireland

Lisa McDermott

Executive Director, Renewable Project Finance ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Professor Jerry Murphy

Director of MaREI Centre University College Cork

Karen Kavanagh

Director Commission for Regulation of Utilities

Phil McNally

Research Fellow University College London

Simon Todd

Co-Founder, Managing Director and Chief Technologist CausewayGT

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Programme Conference Programme


08:30

REGISTRATION AND MORNING COFFEE


09:00

CHAIR'S WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION


09:05

CONFERENCE PLENARY:

  • MINISTERIAL ADDRESS
    Renewable energy: Delivering Ireland’s climate ambition
    Eamon Ryan, TD, Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications
  • Renewable energy: Delivering secure, clean and affordable energy for Europe
    Catharina Sikow-Magny, Director of Green Transition and Energy System Integration, European Commission
  • Creating a clean energy future for Ireland
    Margie McCarthy, Director of Research and Policy Insights, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • Powering the grid with renewable energy
    John Reilly, Head of Renewable Energy, Bord na Móna
  • Achieving Ireland’s offshore wind ambition
    Maria Ryan, Director of Development, SSE Renewables


  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

10:45

COFFEE AND NETWORKING BREAK

11:15

  • The role of renewable energy in decarbonising and securing Ireland’s energy networks
    Karen Kavanagh, Director, Commission for Regulation of Utilities
  • Investing in Ireland’s energy transition
    Speaker tbc, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund
  • The role of renewable gas in decarbonising Ireland’s energy system
    Prof Jerry Murphy, University College Cork and Director, MaREI
  • Ocean energy: the next big thing in energy
    Donagh Cagney, Policy Director, Ocean Energy Europe
  • Planning delays in onshore wind development
    Muireann Lynch, Senior Research Officer, Economic & Social Research Institute
  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

13:00

LUNCH

14:00

  • Merchant models for renewables and financing emerging technologies
    Lisa McDermott, Executive Director, Project Finance, ABN AMRO Bank
  • Renewable energy: Clean, secure and affordable energy for Ireland
    Tanya Harrington, Chair, Renewable Energy Ireland
  • Lessons from the UK offshore wind rollout
    Phil McNally, Research Fellow, Electricity Markets, University College London
  • The role of geothermal in the transition to clean, affordable and secure energy
    Simon Todd, Co-Founder, Managing Director and Chief Technologist, CausewayGT
  • Building the hydrogen economy in Scotland and beyond
    Katy McNeil, Head of Scottish Government Office in Ireland


  • Question & answer session / Panel discussion

16:00

CHAIR’S CONCLUDING REMARKS AND CONFERENCE CLOSE

Sponsorship & Exhibition

There are a limited number of opportunities to become involved with this conference as a sponsor or exhibitor. This is an excellent way for organisations to showcase their expertise and raise their profile with a key audience of senior decision makers from across Ireland’s renewable energy sector. For further information on how your organisation can benefit, contact Jillian Wallace on +353 (0)1 661 3755 or email jillian.wallace@energyireland.ie.
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Registration

Early Bird rate


€295


+Vat @23%= €362.85

Delegate rate


€395


+Vat @23%= €485.85