The 3rd National Renewable Energy Summit
March 4th 2010, Croke
Park Convention Centre, Dublin
INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE POLICY INVESTMENT DEMAND
Creating a vision for Renewable Energy in the new economy
There’s a lot happening in today’s energy
market. The renewable and green energy sector is fast becoming the
‘hot’ area for investment. Recently we received news that
the European Investment Bank is to lend up to €500m to Ireland to
secure the country's green energy supplies. A new agreement in climate
change negotiations should also provide impetus for further investment
in low carbon and clean energy technologies.
Ireland is now ranked as the 10th “most attractive”
country in the world to invest in renewable energy - the first time
it made the top 10. Factors included enhanced grid connections and
new tariffs for offshore wind and marine energy.
Minister Eamon Ryan has enhanced optimism further
by describing a vision of Ireland being a renewables powerhouse
in the post-2020 period by intensively developing both its wind
and wave resources. Indeed, he believes that we could, ultimately,
be in a position to export electricity to Europe.
With all the positive 'vibe' surrounding the
industry at a time of continued economic gloom, where do we stand
in terms of investment compared to this time last year? Where are
the specific growth areas? What can we learn from successful projects
to-date? How can we maximise growth? These and other questions will
be answered at this year’s conference.
The National Renewable Energy
Summit is designed to focus on the major issues surrounding
the enormous benefit Ireland can derive by optimising development
of its renewable resources. The 2010 National Renewable Energy Summit
will be a follow-up to the previous highly successful events, which
were attended by over 200 key decision-makers from across the Irish
energy sector and included all those with an interest in the development
of renewable energy in Ireland.
This event will unite Ireland’s renewable energy professionals,
investors, project developers and engineers from across the renewable
energy and technology sectors to provide delegates with cutting-edge
insight as well as networking and exchange of important ideas and
information impacting the renewable energy industry today.
The event will bring together all stakeholders from
the energy value chain, including -
- Managing Directors/CEOs
- Environmental Officers
- Large users of energy
- Local Authorities Planners
- Public Sector Managers/Technical Officers
- Environmental Engineers
- Construction Industry Managers
- Regulatory Bodies
- Energy Management Policy Makers
- Asset Managers/Analysts
- Project Financiers/Investors
Speakers Include -
Paul Dickerson, Partner, Haynes & Boone, Former Chief Operating
Officer of Energy & Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department
of Energy, USA
Paul Dickerson is a recognised leader and much sought-after speaker
on issues of clean tech and energy efficiency. Paul served as Chief
Operating Officer of the US Department of Energy's Office of Energy
Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) from 2006 until his return
to Haynes and Boone recently. He oversaw the EERE’s $1.8 billion
budget and helped move alternative and renewable energy technologies
from the 'vision' stage to real-world development.
Paul is knowledgeable on the pressing needs of the global energy
market and regularly speaks about the tangible, real-world solutions
that can be implemented now - from increasing efficiency, bio-fuels,
solar and wind investments, to connecting venture capitalists with
the cutting-edge scientific researchers in the field of sustainable
He also served as Chief of Staff for the United States and Foreign
Commercial Service at the US Department of Commerce. While there,
Paul was responsible for day-to-day management of the Commercial
Service’s worldwide network of 1,700 employees in 260 offices and
for directing the implementation of the Commercial Service’s worldwide
priorities and policies.
Paul has extensive experience with corporate turn-arounds and holds
great knowledge about the new wave of renewable energy and energy
efficiency technologies that will power America and the world in
the 21st century.
Under his leadership, the US Department of Energy changed its direction
toward commercialisation of technology and quickened the pace in
moving these groundbreaking energy solutions from the laboratory
to the international marketplace.
Paul has published numerous articles and frequently appears on the
media circuit discussing politics, business, taxation, financing
and other issues relevant to international trade and business. Through
articles, interviews and speeches, he has appeared regularly in
national and international press, including frequent citations in
the New York Times.
John Campion, Executive Director, Sustainability, ESB
John Campion was appointed Executive Director, Sustainability in
March 2008. Previously, he had held the position of Executive Director,
Human Resources Corporate affairs since November 2002.
A Civil Engineer by profession, John joined ESB in 1978 and has
worked in various roles connected with industrial relations and
personnel management - including Manager Human Resources in Power
He also worked as a regional manager in both Sligo and Dublin. Prior
to his appointment as Executive Director, he was Head of Network
Katrina Polaski, Head of Low Carbon Technologies, Sustainable
Katrina Polaski joined SEI in 2002, where she serves as Head of
Low Carbon Technologies managing policy and technology research
for renewable energy and other low carbon energy options.
Previously, Katrina was Head of Renewable Energy, Energy Economist
and Senior Policy Analyst with SEI.
Katrina serves as Ireland’s representative on the IEA Renewable
Energy Working Party and has represented SEI on a number of interdepartmental
policy and advisory groups.
Katrina holds an MBA from INSEAD, a BA in economics from Claremont
McKenna College and a CPA from her home state of California.
Declan Murphy, Founder & CEO, The Ecology Foundation
Declan is a founder of The Ecology Foundation. He is an Electronic
Engineer from the University of Limerick with substantial experience
launching successful businesses in the IT, environmental and healthcare
sectors - including Forest Healthcare and Rexco Solar Global.
Previously, he worked as a private equity manager of a global portfolio
for a prominent international business person and was an international
sales director for Kindle (Misys Plc).
In all his business activities, Declan is focused on unlocking
hidden value and supporting a variety of social enterprises.
Declan is a member of the Irish Government Greentech Taskforce,
advises the UK Dept for Business Innovation & Skills and has formerly
been an advisor to Greenpeace UK.
Denis Molumby, Executive Director, IDA
Denis Molumby is Executive Director of IDA Ireland. The IDA attracts
new foreign investment and partners with foreign companies in Ireland
to help them develop their business here.
Targeted areas are in Life Sciences, International Financial Services,
Information Communications Technologies, the Content Industry, Diversified
Industries and Conglomerates, Consumer and Business Services and,
more recently, Cleantech.
Dermot Byrne, Cheif Executive, EirGrid
Dermot Byrne was appointed Chief Executive of EirGrid in July 2005.
Dermot has extensive senior management experience in the electricity
industry both in Ireland and abroad.
From 1993 to 1997, he was Manager, Power System Operation in ESB
National Grid. In the late 1990s he worked in senior roles within
ESB Customer Services and power generation areas. In 2000, he was
appointed as the first Head of ESB Networks, where he oversaw the
major ramp-up in investment in transmission and distribution infrastructure.
In his role as Chief Executive of EirGrid, Dermot has developed
the organisation into a group structure with responsibilities in
Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland - comprising EirGrid
TSO, System Operator Northern Ireland (SONI) and the Single Electricity
Market Operator (SEMO).
He is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and also a distinguished member
of the international electricity body, CIGRE.
Jim Gannon, Associate Director, RPS Group
Jim Gannon is a Chartered Engineer with a Masters in Environmental
Assessment and leads RPS’s sustainable energy services from their
Dublin Office. He has provided a range of renewable energy and engineering
consultancy services to both the public and the private sectors
over the last ten years.
Jim has worked in large-scale renewable energy project development
and also in technology commercialisation, defining technology capability
and market capacities. He has specialised in the identification
of RES-E project risk and mitigation and has applied this to a range
of technologies and projects from wind through to biomass and waste-to-energy.
Jim has also provided strategic energy, sustainability and carbon
advisory services to a diverse range of clients - including Dublin
Airport Authority, the OPW, the Matt Cooper show and Áras an Úachtaráin
- and, on an ongoing basis, to Sustainable Energy Ireland.
Jim is Chairman of the Energy Division of Engineers Ireland and
has recently produced a paper for - and represented the Institution
at - the Future Climate: Engineering Solutions worldwide
initiative on energy technologies feeding into COP 15 in Denmark
at the end of 2009.
Sean Wallace, Partner & Head of Green Economy Group, BCM Hanby
Sean is a corporate practitioner and head of the firm’s Green Economy
Group. He has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law,
advising on public and private capital fundraisings, M&A transactions
and project financing, with a particular focus on the cleantech
and renewable energy sectors.
Sean also advises on commercial licensing, development and joint
venture transactions - both domestic and international - for clients
in these sectors.
Kieran O’Brien, Chairman, Energy Standing Committee, Irish Academy
Kieran retired five years ago from his position as Managing Director
of ESB National Grid, Ireland’s independent transmission system
operator. He served as a member of the Executive Management Group
of ESB for more than 15 years.
During his time as MD, Ireland deregulated its electricity industry
and commenced a major programme of renewables investment - mainly
in wind power.
Kieran has participated as a specialist advisor/director on key
consultancy and overseas operational projects for ESB International.
In 1998, he oversaw the establishment of ESBI Alberta, a company
formed to provide transmission administration services for the province
for a period of five years.
He has recently advised on the restructuring of the electricity
sector in Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan and Serbia. He has represented
ESB on a wide range of international bodies and was a founding member
of Eurelectric, the industry group representing all EU generating
Kieran has served two three-year terms as a member of the Officer’s
Council of the World Energy Council (WEC). He has recently been
appointed Acting Secretary General of the World Energy Council pending
the appointment of a new person to this position.
Dr Werner Kruckow, CEO, Siemens
Dr. Werner Kruckow was appointed Managing Director of Siemens Ireland,
effective 1st October 2006.
After studying electrical engineering and completing his doctorate,
Werner began his career at Siemens in 1988 in the Transportation
Group. He was initially involved in Research and Development at
TS, later assuming responsibility for sales and project management
for trams and subway rolling stock worldwide.
In 1999, he was appointed technical manager of the Electrification
Division at TS. Between 2001 and 2005, he managed the Mass Transit
Division in Erlangen, with a workforce totalling 2,600.
Most recently, in 2005, Werner joined the Board of Siemens Ltd and
headed Siemens Building Technologies in Ireland.
Sak Nayagam, Climate Change Practice Lead for Europe, Africa
and Latin America, Accenture
Sak has worked in Accenture since 1995, predominantly across the
Energy and Utility sectors - the key industries empowered to deliver
significant reductions in global Greenhouse Gas emissions.
Sak helps Accenture clients address the challenges and opportunities
presented by Climate Change, with a broad set of service offerings
- ranging from Sustainable Strategy and Carbon Markets, through
to Energy Management and SMART Buildings. His teams deliver high
value Climate Change consulting services to clients, specifically
across the Energy, Utilities and Chemicals & Natural Resources industry
Michael Walsh, CEO, Irish Wind Energy Association
Michael joined the IWEA as CEO in November 2007.
Prior to joining, he was manager of market readiness at EirGrid,
where he supported the introduction of the Single Electricity Market
on the island of Ireland.
Michael has a B.E. and a Ph.D. in Engineering from University College
Dublin and is active in several professional associations.
Harvey Appelbe, Project Director, Tonn Energy
As Project Director of Tonn Energy, Harvey Appelbe is at the forefront
of industry’s participation in the emerging wave energy sector in
Tonn Energy is an Irish development company, with considerable backing
and specialist expertise from Vattenfall and Wavebob, working with
local communities and agencies to transform wave energy from a technical
innovation, through real world projects, into a viable new marine
Harvey leads Tonn energy’s roadmap of R&D, addressing topics which
must be resolved before full scale deployment can be undertaken.
This includes a collaboration with SEI to achieve operational feasibility
of a small wave energy test array (5MW) at the national test site
off Belmullet, before contemplating commercially viable operations
of 250MW elsewhere on the West coast.
ESB - Powering Renewable Energy for Ireland
In March of 2008, ESB made a groundbreaking commitment to a sustainable
future with the announcement of challenging targets to reduce carbon
emissions by 30% by 2012, 50% by 2020 and to be net-carbon-neutral
Currently ESB is divesting much of its older inefficient thermal
plant and replacing it with high-efficiency, combined cycle gas
turbine and making rapid progress in building a renewables portfolio
based on wind and ocean.
The future sustainable generation platform will be based on greatly
expanded wind (> 30%) combined with clean coal and carbon capture
and storage (CCS). The national target for Wind Power for 2020 is
in excess of 5,000 MW. To accommodate this, ESB needs considerable
investment in its infrastructure, both at distribution and transmission
ESB has committed to this and has planned a major capital programme
and has also made great strides in making its networks smarter through
initiatives such as SCADA, predictive fault location and intelligent
Smart Metering is central to smart networks. ESB installed over
10,000 meters in 2009 as part of its smartmetering trial. This trial
will determine the best technology option for ESB and includes the
installation of in-home displays as part of a customer behaviour
Demand management and storage are key enablers for greater penetration
of renewable energy. ESB is supporting these aspects through the
promotion of the adoption of electric vehicles and energy efficient.smart
applications of electricity. To back up its drive for sustainable
generation and smart networks, ESB has undertaken an intensive change
programme within the company to embed sustainability in all operations
and business processes.
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RPS is a global energy firm with over 25 years’ experience
of the Irish Energy business on an all island basis. RPS is the
market leader in the planning, engineering, environmental and communications
aspects of energy infrastructure with respect to the national electricity
and gas pipeline grids, together with various interconnector projects.
RPS is currently advising both the public and private sectors on
wind, wave and tidal power resources - onshore and offshore. The
company has carried out a number of strategic renewable energy studies
for government and is currently advising the three governments on
the Offshore Renewable Infrastructure to connect to the national
grids in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
RPS continues to work on the development of an extensive wind power
portfolio in Ireland for both public and private sectors.
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Siemens is a global company providing products, systems, services
and solutions for the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. Its
innovations answer the world’s toughest questions - from how to
deliver efficient energy supply without negatively impacting the
environment, to providing industry with solutions that increase
productivity and competitiveness, or enabling early detection and
effective treatment of disease.
For the Energy Sector, Siemens offers products and solutions for
the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy,
as well as solutions for the oil and gas industry.
In Healthcare, Siemens delivers innovative products and complete
solutions. as well as service and consulting for the healthcare
industry. Its Industry Sector provides products and solutions in
the fields of production, transportation and building systems.
Active in Ireland for over eighty years, Siemens has been involved
in many key infrastructure projects, commencing with the Shannon
hydroelectric power scheme in 1926. Major projects have included
the construction of many of Ireland’s power plants, large scale
transportation solutions and the introduction of the most up-to-date
medical imaging systems to Ireland’s hospitals. The company employs
over 1000 highly skilled people in Ireland.
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Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services
and outsourcing company. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive
capabilities across all industries and business functions - and
extensive research on the world’s most successful companies - Accenture
collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses
With approximately 177,000 people serving clients in more than 120
countries, the company generated net revenues of US$21.58 billion
for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2009.
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makers in Renewable Energy by exhibiting at this event.
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