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The energy sector on the island of Ireland sits on the cusp of transformation. Climate change has begun to drive decarbonisation, digitisation will transform the management of consumption, while emergent technologies promise both demands on energy networks and great benefits.
To guide this transformation with fresh vision for the Island’s energy market the Department for the Economy has set out to develop a new Strategic Energy Framework for Northern Ireland post-2020.
On 11 September 2019, to coincide with publication of the Department’s much-anticipated green paper on the options for a new Framework, Policy Eye Northern Ireland Events, in partnership with Cleaver Fulton Rankin, will host a landmark conference providing unique insights into the issues that need to be considered as the Department seeks to develop an energy vision for 2050.
With participation from senior from across the NI Civil Service, industry leaders and politicians this event promises an unparalleled opportunity to inform government thinking.
We hope you will take this opportunity to join us in the impressive surroundings of Titanic Belfast to learn about the options before us and share your perspective, helping to shape the future of energy in Northern Ireland.
Head of Energy Group at the Department of the Economy
Chief Executive at the Utility Regulator
Partner and Head of Mobility 2030
Director and Head of Energy at Cleaver Fulton Rankin
Group CEO at Phoenix Natural Gas
Head of Corporate Affairs at SSE Ireland
|Declan Billington MBE
Chair of CBI Northern Ireland Energy Forum
Chief Executive at Electricity Association of Ireland
|Dr Andrew Cripps
Regional Director, Sustainability at AECOM
Managing Director at SONI
Commissioner for Resilience at Belfast City Council
|Professor Tom Woolley
Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University
Chief Executive at ENA (Energy Networks Association)
Programme Manager of Behavioural Economics Unit at Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)
|Professor Neil Hewitt
Professor of Energy/Director of the Centre for Sustainable Technologies at Ulster University
Director at National Energy Action Northern Ireland
|Gary Middleton MLA
Assembly Economy Spokesperson at Democratic Unionist Party
Assembly Energy, Environment & Climate Change Spokesperson at Sinn Féin
Dr Steve Aiken OBE MLA
Assembly Economy Spokesperson at Ulster Unionist Party
|Daniel McCrossan MLA
Assembly Economy Spokesperson at Social Democratic & Labour Party
|Dr Stephen Farry MLA
Assembly Economy Spokesperson at Alliance Party
|08:30||Morning Coffee and Registration|
|09:00||Opening Remarks from the Chair||Jamie Delargy|
|09:15||Future Options: Developing the Energy Vision for 2050
Policymakers face major decisions on the future of energy in Northern Ireland. We must balance the requirement for a secure, affordable and reliable energy supply with the need to decarbonise.
This session will examine how we might design a policy to achieve these ambitions. Will we be able to generate enough low-carbon electricity to electrify heat and transport? What does the future hold for gas, hydrogen and biomass generation? Can we reduce our industrial carbon emissions without creating new burdens on companies? And, crucially, can development of a long-term policy be truly successful, when such difference of opinion exists about the best technologies to drive our energy future?
|Session Keynote||Richard Rodgers – Head of Energy at Department for the Economy|
|Protecting and empowering: putting consumers at the heart of the energy transition||Jenny Pyper – Chief Executive at Utility Regulator|
|Driving innovation and delivering change: the role of business as a partner of government in the energy transition||Declan Billington MBE – Chair of CBI Northern Ireland Energy Forum|
|Implementing policy: effective regulation and support||Stephen Cross – Director and Head of Energy at Cleaver Fulton Rankin|
|10:50||Refreshments & Networking|
|11:20||WHOLE ENERGY SYSTEM TRANSITION: WHAT IS THE GOAL?
Northern Ireland has made great strides in transitioning to renewable energy. In 2018, we generated 38.2% of our total electricity consumption from renewable sources. However, significant transition still lies ahead in generation, networks and for the consumer.
In this session, we take a closer look at the main considerations to be taken into account when planning for the energy transition. We’ll ask how the cost of energy for consumers can be managed and how they can be given a chance to participate in the new structures? How we will generate our electricity in the future? What impact will the decarbonising of heat have for the wider energy system? And what are the opportunities and what considerations must be taken into account as we begin decarbonising transport?
|Decarbonising power: considering clean low-cost power generation options for the future||Jo Aston – Managing Director at SONI (System Operator for Northern Ireland)|
|Decarbonising heat: implications for the wider energy system||Dr Andrew Cripps – Regional Director, Sustainability at Aecom|
|Decarbonising transportation: vehicle electrification and connectivity||Charlie Simpson – Partner and Head of Mobility 2030, Global Strategy Group at KPMG in the UK|
|The energy trilemma: the role of gas in transitioning to a low carbon future||Michael McKinstry – Group Chief Executive Officer at Phoenix Natural Gas|
|12:45||Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition|
|13:45||Parallel Session 1
Eye on energy consumption: Use less, pay less
This parallel session will examine the role of the consumer as an active participant in our energy future. New technologies, policy makers, businesses and spatial planners all have a role to play in enabling consumers to manage, store and produce their own energy.
Grainia Long – Commissioner for Resilience at Belfast City Council
Pat Austin – Director at NEA (National Energy Action) Northern Ireland
Karl Purcell – Programme Manager of Behavioural Economics Unit at Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)
Professor Tom Woolley – Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University
Richard Leach – Local Area Energy Planning Consultant at Energy Systems Catapult
|Parallel Session 2
Eye on Energy production: decarbonising our energy supply
This parallel session will look at the power sources and technologies that will allow us to cut our reliance on carbon. Digital and power storage technologies promise to revolutionise our grids. But to what extent will these technologies penetrate the market? How will they and other innovative technologies be funded?
Marian Troy – Head of Corporate Affairs at SSE Ireland
Dara Lynott – Chief Executive at EAI (Electricity Association of Ireland)
David Smith – Chief Executive at ENA (Energy Networks Association
Professor Neil Hewitt – Professor of Energy/Director of the Centre for Sustainable Technologies at Ulster University
|14:55||Refreshments & Networking|
|15:10||REPORTAGE FROM PARALLEL SESSIONS|
|15:30||PANEL: PRIORITIES FOR A NEW STRATEGIC ENERGY FRAMEWORK
Party Assembly spokespeople outline their priorities and respond to output from parallel sessions with opportunities for questions from the floor.
|Gary Middleton MLA – Assembly Economy Spokesperson at Democratic Unionist Party
Cathal Boylan MLA – Assembly Energy, Environment & Climate Change Spokesperson at Sinn Féin
Daniel McCrossan MLA – Assembly Economy Spokesperson at Social Democratic & Labour Party
Dr Steve Aiken OBE MLA – Assembly Economy Spokesperson at Ulster Unionist Party
Dr Stephen Farry MLA – Assembly Economy Spokesperson at Alliance Party
|16:25||The final word: reflections on the day’s discussions||Paul Stapleton – Managing Director at NIE Networks|
|16:30||Chair’s concluding remarks and conference close||Jamie Delargy|
Cleaver Fulton Rankin is one of Northern Ireland’s leading corporate law firms combining over 100 years of heritage with an innovative approach. We’re conveniently located in Belfast city centre and employ 16 Directors, 5 Associate Directors, 9 Associates, 6 Senior Solicitors, 6 Solicitors and 11 trainees and paralegals with a total staff of approximately 100 people.Our main practice areas are: company and commercial law, corporate finance, litigation, property law, projects and private client services. We are also well known for our specialist work in Northern Ireland in construction law, intellectual property, employment, banking, planning and environmental law, corporate recovery, IT and charity law.We provide a full legal service to both commercial and private clients. In particular we have extensive experience in advising national and local private companies, developers, financial institutions, public institutions and quasi- public bodies, not for profit organisations and other government funded organisations. CFR has established links with many City of London law firms and other national and regional firms. Also, although entirely independent, we have an association with Dublin commercial law practice Matheson and so provide an all island service for our clients undertaking business throughout Ireland. We are also a member of the International Lawyers Network which gives us access to a worldwide network of commercial law firms.
Our commitment to client service and reputation for providing high quality legal advice is well known. Our quality accreditation has recently been upgraded to ISO 9001/2015 LQS, the scope of which covers “the management and administration of the firm’s legal services”.
Our staff benefit from a high level of training and resources with online legal research tools and document management systems. Our strong investment in legal practice technology ensures that we are able to deliver a direct and state-of-the-art service to our clients.
We are committed to providing the best in information security and as such have been awarded the ISO standard 27001:2013, the scope of which covers “The Management of Information Security in the Provision of Legal Services Including Corporate; Banking and Finance; Property; Planning and Environmental; Litigation; Business Restructuring/Insolvency; Employment and Equality; Private Client and Public Law and Education”
Phoenix Natural Gas is the largest gas distribution business in Northern Ireland. The company operates a distribution network across the Greater Belfast, Larne, Whitehead and East Down areas, extending to over 3,800km of pipeline.
After 22 years in Northern Ireland, Phoenix Natural Gas has successfully developed the market and built its network, connecting 220,000 customers and establishing natural gas as the fuel of choice for customers in the licence area.
Since 1996, customers switching to natural gas has resulted in 7.5m tonnes of CO2 being from the atmosphere. Each year, householders using natural gas continue to save on CO2 emissions, equating to the removal of 350,000 cars from the road each year.
Phoenix Natural Gas also embraces its corporate responsibility and connects with the local community in its outreach programmes. For more information on Phoenix Natural Gas visit www.phoenixnaturalgas.com
SSE is the second largest energy supplier, and leading renewable energy generator, in Northern Ireland.
Since 2008, the company has invested over half a billion pounds in the development of Northern Ireland’s sustainable energy infrastructure, helping to green our economy and secure our energy future. The green energy generated at its four operational wind farms has played a significant role in helping Northern Ireland meet its 40% target of electricity generation from renewable sources by 2020.
The company is now aiming to develop Doraville Wind Farm near Cookstown in Co. Tyrone which, at £150m, would represent its single biggest investment in the economy here to date. The 139MW wind farm would produce enough green energy to power around 200,000 homes, doubling the company’s generation capacity in Northern Ireland.
SSE Renewables has so far presented almost £2 million in community funding to groups close to its wind farms in Northern Ireland, supporting a variety of local energy-efficiency and sustainability projects. The company has also provided over £350,000 in scholarship funding to over 120 local students attending Ulster University, South West College and North West Regional College.
Meanwhile, SSE Airtricity is Northern Ireland’s second largest energy supplier, providing greener electricity, natural gas and essential services to around 350,000 home and business customer accounts in Northern Ireland.
In 2015, the company announced a naming rights partnership with Northern Ireland’s premier entertainment venue, The SSE Arena, Belfast. Through its SSE Reward programme, SSE Airtricity customers can access exclusive ticket presales and ‘money-can’t-buy’ experiences for shows at the Arena.
SSE employs over 200 people directly in Northern Ireland and is proud to be an accredited Living Wage employer.
Northern Ireland Electricity Networks (NIE Networks) is the owner of the electricity transmission and distribution networks in Northern Ireland, transporting electricity to over 860,000 customers including homes, farms and businesses.
Our role is to maintain and extend the electricity infrastructure across Northern Ireland, connect customers to the network and ensure that our equipment is safe and reliable. We also provide electricity meters and metering data to suppliers and market operators which is a key role in enabling wholesale and retail market competition.
Our priority is to deliver benefits for all our customers and this is reflected in the important services we provide, including;
- ensuring reliability of network performance;
- maintaining public safety of the network;
- minimising the impact on the environment; and
- continually improving customer service and
Over the next five years we will invest in excess of £500 million in upgrades and maintenance of the network. Additionally, we will invest £60 million to ensure our network complies with new safety legislation.
In addition, as climate change legislation and the decarbonisation of the energy sector is forecast to create significant growth in Low Carbon Technologies our teams are developing NIE Networks’ future strategy to meet the energy needs of customers.
NIE Networks is a regulated company and business activities are overseen by the Utility Regulator.
A number of exhibition packages are still available. For further information, contact Jack Gibson on +44 (0) 28 9091 2880 or email@example.com
CASE is an industry led research centre funded by Invest Northern Ireland under the Competence Centre programme. Hosted at Queen’s University Belfast, CASE supports collaborative sustainable energy research in three main areas; energy systems, bio-energy and marine renewables, with research carried out on behalf of industrial consortia at Queen’s, Ulster University and the Agri-Food & Bio-Sciences Institute. To date we have funded £5m of research over 25 projects involving 60 companies.
NHBC is the UK’s leading provider of warranty and insurance for the new homes industry. We work with our registered house builders to improve the construction standards of the new homes they build for the benefit of the industry and homeowners.
With no shareholders, NHBC is able to invest in its purpose of raising standards and activities to improve the quality of UK house-building. As an expert authority on the housing industry, active in research and development, we work with government and stakeholders to help shape housing policy.
NHBC is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.