2007 is likely to become a boom year for alternative energy. The rising popularity of alternative energy technologies will attract venture capital funding, legislative incentives and support - and growing investment from the business sector.

At the Alternative, Sustainable & Renewable Energy Summit, delegates will be provided with a unique opportunity to receive a thorough and up-to-date picture on current and future developments within the Alternative/Renewable energy industry - as well as a chance to network and do business.

Alternative Energy 2007 is a conference designed with premium content aimed at providing the latest information on all aspects of alternative energy - with particular focus on the financing, planning and regulation of new projects.

The Sunday Business Post and iQuest would like to thank the main sponsors - Accenture and RPS Group for their contribution to - and support of - this year's event.


Topics at the Alternative, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Summit include -

  • Developing competitive markets to provide the correct price signals for investment in alternative energy
  • Renewable sources - The perspective, the market, the instruments
  • Spatial planning & renewable energy plans
  • Renewable energy technology trends
  • Energy efficiency programmes and strategies
  • Financial planning and investment
  • Capital markets perspective on renewables
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • View from Europe - strategies for sustainable, competitive and secure energy
  • Balancing Ireland's energy needs
  • The nuclear debate
  • Who will profit from the new alternative economy?
  • Future trends and scenarios on global, European, national and regional levels.


Oliver Schäfer, Policy Director of the EREC (European Renewable Energy Council)
Oliver started his career in Brussels as energy policy adviser to Mechtild Rothe, MEP. He was responsible for energy policy and related matters. As such, he was following the legislative dossiers in this sector and he specialised in renewable energy.

During the first years in Brussels he was mainly focused and involved in the discussion about the directive for the 'promotion of electricity from renewable energy sources'.

His activities include research, advising and amending on legislative proposals, as well as dealing with lobby groups and industry. In 2003, he joined the European Renewable Energy Council as policy director and is leading the policy department since then.

Oliver has published many articles and contributed to books. Among the latest of his publications is - 'Energy (R)evolution scenario - a sustainable world energy outlook'. Before going to Brussels, he worked for a major political party in Germany.

Padraig McManus, Chief Executive, ESB
Padraig McManus was appointed Chief Executive and member of the board of ESB in July, 2002. He joined ESB in 1973 and spent 15 years on the company's international businesses, later becoming managing director of ESB International and ESB commercial director.

He is a board member of the Irish Management Institute, vice-chairperson of Business in the Community Ireland and a member of the Conference Board.

Dr. Richard Toll, Senior Research Officer, Economic & Social Research Institute
Dr. Richard SJ Toll is a senior research officer at the Economics and Social Research Institute, Dublin and the Michael Otto Professor of Sustainability and Global Change at the Centre for Marine and Climate Research, Hamburg University.

In addition, Dr. Toll is a principal researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam and an adjunct professor at the department of engineering and public policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

He is the second most prolific Dutch economist in terms of publications - he has been published 98 times in learned journals. An economist and statistician, he is interested in climate change, natural disasters, marine resources, tourism, land use and water management. He is an editor of Energy Economics and has played an active role in international bodies - such as the Stanford Energy Modelling Forum, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the European Forum on Integrated Environmental Assessment.

Brian Nixon, Director of Energy, Scottish Enterprise
Brian Nixon is a chartered engineer with an honours degree in mechanical engineering from Strathclyde University in Scotland. His career in the energy industries spans more than thirty years - evenly split between the downstream and upstream sectors.

This experience was earned with major engineering contracting organisations - including Motherwell Bridge, AOC International and, most recently, Wood Group Engineering. Following a six-month business secondment to the Commercial Section of the British Embassy in Luanda (Angola) in 2001, Brian accepted his current role as Director of Energy with Scottish Enterprise.

Scottish Enterprise is Scotland's main economic development agency and is funded by the Scottish Executive. The Energy Team provides strategic advice and support to companies throughout the oil and gas, power generation and renewable energy industries - undertaking research and technology development, plus diversification assistance into alternative industries and overseas markets.


The event will bring together all stakeholders from the energy value chain including - regulators, producers, providers, technology providers, project consultants, industrial end-users and investors -

  • Managing directors/chief executives
  • Large users of energy
  • Energy specialists
  • Project financiers/investors/venture capitalists
  • Environmental officers
  • Public sectors managers/technical officers
  • Environmental engineers
  • Construction industry managers
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Energy management policy makers
  • Asset managers/analysts
  • Researchers/scientists.



DAY 1 - Monday April 23 2007

8:00 Registration and breakfast
Delegates are invited to beat the traffic by arriving early and having tea/coffee and pastries with colleagues - courtesy of iQuest and The Sunday Business Post.

8:50 Opening remarks and introductions from the chair
David Taylor
Chief Executive
Sustainable Energy Ireland

Enhancing Ireland's Participation in the New Energy Economy
Noel Dempsey, TD
Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources


View from Europe: Strategies for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy
Oliver Schäfer
Policy Director of EREC (European Renewable Energy Council)

'One estimate puts the total investment going into clean energy at $63 billion this year - up from $30 billion in 2004'

  • Energy, Industry and Climate Policy
  • New initiatives - such as EU directive for renewables, innovative financing instruments, strengthening of current legislation, R&D; needs, export opportunities.

9:45 Balancing Ireland's Energy Needs
David Manning, Energy Executive, IBEC

  • Energy focal points and demand growth
  • Balancing the fuel mix
  • Secure, competitive and environmentally sustainable alternatives
  • The process of change - moving toward sustainable alternatives
  • The path ahead.

10:15 Strategies to Increase the Amount of Renewable Energy in the Overall Mix
Michael Tutty
Commission for Energy Regulation

  • Planning for renewables
  • Opportunities for the use of regulation and/or incentives to stimulate change and development
  • Renewables in the all-island market
  • Interconnection
  • Metering policies.




11:00 Speed Networking
Events like this are where long-lasting and profitable business relationships begin. You can take the headache out of networking with the morning Speed Networking session. These brief meetings are the starting point for conversation and networking throughout the summit.

  • Meet...move!
  • Exchange business cards with fellow summit delegates and industry peers
  • The best 40-minute networking session you have ever experienced!


11:40 Investment Impacts of Renewable Energy Growth
Dr Jonathan Burton
Senior Manager

Growth in renewable generation presents both opportunities and risks for traditional generators, network owners and energy suppliers. Jonathan Burton from Accenture will discuss possible routes for growth of renewables and the technologies that can support renewable energy in the Irish generation portfolio.

  • Consumer-driven growth in renewables?
  • Technology solutions to support renewables growth and efficiency
  • Impacts of embedded renewables on distribution investment.

12:10 Financing Waste and Renewables Projects: the latest developments

Ashish Anand
PFI & Structured Project Finance
Barclays Bank plc

No longer just the realm of 'hippy-dippy tree huggers', captains of industry are now busy investing in clean-energy technology.

  • What do funders look for?
  • Key risks
  • PPPs
  • Financing models
  • Current market developments.

12:40 The Equity Investors' Perspective on Alternative Energy - the where, how, who and what of profitable investments
Peter Nolan, Principle, Radios Capital

  • Will high oil and gas costs continue?
  • The future of the carbon market
  • Technological choices
  • Government support
  • Operator performance
  • Structures - funds, incumbents, public equities
  • What are the likely winners and losers?....Some to watch.




2:10 Welcome back and introductions from the chair
Jane Boyle
Senior Manager

2:15 Panel discussion
Alternative Energies Scale Up

  • Achievement of scale - how does this change the alternative/renewables sector?
  • Fossil energy costs
  • Who will be in the alternative energy space five years from now?
  • Policies and actions needed to support renewables in the energy market over the next 20 years
  • What is necessary for more aggressive long-term capital financing?

Panellists will include leading national and international industry figures including -
Morgan Bazilian, Head of Policy Support, Sustainable Energy Ireland
Peter Nolan, Principle, Radios Capital.


2:55 CHP and District Heating
Jan Oluf Clement, Team Leader, Energy Production, COWI, Denmark

  • When is CHP (combined heat and power) really CHP
  • District heating - from small to large systems: examples from Denmark
  • Heat sources - e.g. surplus and waste heat, biomass, waste, etc
  • Maximising energy efficiency - minimising carbon dioxide emissions.




Sustainable Energy Development - A Utility Perspective
Padraig McManus
Chief Executive

ESB has always stayed at the forefront of technology developments in delivering efficient and reliable energy to meet the needs of the Irish economy.
ESB Chief Executive, Padraig McManus, examines broad technology developments and sets out ESB's overall thinking in terms of delivering sustainable energy to meet customers needs into the future.

Spatial Planning and Renewable Energy Plans

Hendrik W van der Kamp, President, Irish Planning Institute
The paper will address a number of key issues in relation to better renewable energy delivery through spatial planning. These include the following -

  • The need for strategic planning policies at national and regional levels to ensure adequate infrastructure delivery.
  • It's not just the energy performance of the dwelling that's important - but, also other factors including the location and design of new residential areas which may affect transport energy usage. Is there scope for a 'sustainability label' for dwelling houses?
  • There is also a need for more innovative planning policies addressing issues such as - complementary land uses, scope for district heating, efficient land use patterns and more 'plan led' wind energy infrastructure.

5:00 DAY 1 ENDS


DAY 2 - Tuesday April 24 2007

8:15 Registration and breakfast
Delegates are invited to beat the traffic by arriving early and having tea/coffee and pastries with colleagues, courtesy of iQuest and The Sunday Business Post.

The Economics of Climate Change and Climate Policy
Dr Richard Toll
Senior Research Office
Economic & Social Research Institute

  • Costs and benefits of climate policy
  • Climate policy - facts and rhetoric
  • The role of Ireland in international climate policy
  • Opportunities in the medium-term.


9:20 Building the Wind Industry
Pamela Walsh
Head of Procurement & Project Execution

  • Future of wind in Ireland
  • What developers need from manufacturers
  • New technologies in offshore wind and their impact on the industry
  • Challenges and prospects of offshore wind
  • Turbine cost and supply position
  • Directions in wind finance.

9:50 Grid Networks: Playing a Key Role in Integrating Renewables
Dermot Byrne
Chief Executive

  • Investments in new and upgraded infrastructure
  • Major progress in Ireland on renewables
  • Balanced portfolio of renewable sources
  • All-island grid study
  • The all-island market
  • Interconnection with other systems
  • Research and development.





10:45 Nuclear New Build in the UK: Key Issues of Policy and Delivery
Chris Lambert
Westminster Energy Forum London

  • Strategic energy issues and the policy drivers behind a new nuclear energy programme in Britain
  • Enabling new build delivery: key milestones and determining factors (pre-licensing, planning, waste)
  • Public engagement - perception and the lessons from the CoRWM enquiry on nuclear waste
  • Safety & security - the tracking-and-tracing of nuclear materials in a British new-build era.

11:20 The Benefits of Nuclear Power
Jim Morrissey, Founder Member, BENE (Better Environment with Nuclear Energy)
Particularly in relation to -

  • Climate change
  • Pollution reduction
  • Sustainability and security
  • Industry and economy
  • Hydrogen and transport.


A Scottish Perspective on Renewable Technologies development in the coming years
Brian Nixon
Director of Energy
Scottish Enterprise

  • Energy Technology Perspectives: Scenarios and strategies to 2020
  • The Future of renewable energy supply.




1:40 Welcome back and introductions from the afternoon chair

1:45 Energy in Buildings, Auditing and Renewable Energy Innovation
Dr Nick Wells
Technical Director
RPS Consulting Engineers

  • Meeting the EU Buildings Energy Efficiency Directive in Ireland
  • The potential contribution from energy efficiency
  • Energy auditing for industry
  • What role for renewable energy?

2:15 Case Study: Co-Firing at Peat-Fired Power Stations

John Reilly
Head of Power Generation & Renewables
Bord na Mona Energy

In the recently published Green Paper on National Energy Policy, the Government proposed an indicative target for co-firing the peat-fired power stations with carbon neutral fuels up to a level of 30 per cent by 2015.

Edenderry Power Ltd currently burns 1mt of milled peat annually - and, though the plant produces relatively cheap electricity in the Irish wholesale market, it also produces 900,000t of carbon dioxide per annum. Co-firing at the station - at the levels indicated in the Green Paper - has the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the plant by up to 30 per cent without reducing output. The proposal has the potential to make a significant contribution to Ireland Inc's international emission reduction commitments under the Kyoto Protocol - as well as producing up to 35mw of dispatchable, renewable electricity.

The presentation will examine the issues around the co-firing targets - such as supply, economics and any technical issues that need to be addressed.

2:45 Panel discussion
Alternatives - These are not novel long until they actually become part of the Irish infrastructure?

  • The ratio of fossil fuels to renewables
  • How competitive is renewable energy?
  • Regulation - an impetus for innovation?

Panellists will include leading national and international industry figures -
Eamon Ryan, TD, Green Party
John Mullins, Chief Executive, Bioverda
Fintan Conway, Irish Farmers Association.





3:40 All Island Grid Study and R&D; Opportunities
Professor Mark J O'Malley
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
University College Dublin

  • All-Island Grid Study - background - methodologies - progress to-date
  • Research and Development - research priorities - funding schemes.

4:10 Developing Competitive Markets to Provide the Correct Price Signals for Investment in Alternative Energy
Paul Hunt
Energy and Regulatory Economist

  • Delivering a low carbon outcome in the EU
  • Targets, government interventions, subsidies v market signals?
  • The EU Commission's proposals
  • Are they sufficient and what more needs to be done?
  • Disentangling the geopolitics of energy from energy market fundamentals
  • What are the implications for Ireland?

Can European Markets Sustain Competitive Energy Industry?
Dr Constantin Gurdgiev
Economist and Editor
Business & Finance magazine

European energy markets are caught between dominant incumbent producers - backed by political interests and strategic centralised suppliers of conventional energy. In such an environment, it is doubtful that an alternative energy sector will be able to capture any significant share of domestic generation capacity. In addition, it is also doubtful whether real research and development into new alternative sources of energy can be carried out in Europe.

This suggests that, without drastic reforms, European energy markets are likely to develop a follower strategy, without taking global lead in innovation. Delayed adoption of our Asian and American competitors' best practices will prove a significant drag on European competitiveness into the future.

Are we really thinking about the future in our wind-wave biofuels strategy - or, are we already behind the curve with the US and India strategies. Can European markets - in their current form - really sustain competitive industry - or, are we locked into having alternative sources of energy as fringe competitors at best?




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