The National Renewable Energy Summit 2009

24-25 March 2009, Croke Park Convention Centre, Dublin

Creating a broad vision for Renewable Energy in the new economy

A recent Forfás study estimated the Irish market to be worth €2.8 billion, with an additional £624 million (€698 million) market in Northern Ireland. The question facing Ireland now - our government, business sector and public - is whether we wait for the technological innovations that will come from abroad, or whether we make those innovations ourselves and export them.

The 2020 target for renewable energy has been increased to 40 per cent as part of the government’s strategy for a 'green economy'. Taoiseach Brian Cowen said recently that the government's aim was to deliver a 'New Green Deal' that focused on energy efficiency and the investment in clean and renewable technologies.

"As one of the most fossil-fuel dependent countries in the world, we must prepare for a future when the prices and volatility we have recently witnessed become the norm" - he added.

Improving the environment and energy security is one of the five 'action areas' in the plan to rejuvenate the economy and attain sustainable growth. Despite the economic gloom, we require now - more than ever - government intervention, legislative support and growing investment from the business sector, in order to have any hope at all of meeting our targets,
reducing our over-dependence on fossil fuel and availing of the growing opportunities within the burgeoning ‘clean-tech’ sector.

Although climate change is a threat, it also provides for much economic opportunity. Globally, the environmental goods sector is growing strongly, with the market estimated to be heading towards $700 billion (€512 billion) by the end of 2009.

Despite being late starters, Ireland's abundance of renewable energy options give us a distinct edge in profiting from - rather than being impoverished by - the challenges of climate change.

Now in its second year, the National Renewable Energy Summit will unite Ireland’s renewable energy professionals, investors, project developers and senior executives from across the renewable energy and technology sectors. It will provide attendees with cutting-edge insight, as well as networking and exchange of ideas and information opportunities,
affecting the renewable energy industry today.


The event will bring together all stakeholders from the energy value chain, including -

  • Managing Directors/CEOs
  • Energy Specialists
  • Technology Providers
  • Project Financiers/Investors/Venture Capitalists/Analysts
  • Environmental Officers
  • Public Sectors Managers/Technical Officers
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Project Consultants
  • Regulatory Bodies
  • Energy Management Policy-makers
  • Researchers/Scientists
  • Large users of energy.


Dr Wolfgang Palz, Chairman, World Council For Renewable Energy (WCRE)
After his studies in Germany, Wolfgang Palz became Professor for semiconductor physics in Nancy, France. From 1970-76 he was in charge of power systems development at the French National Space Agency, CNES in Paris. In 1973 he was co-organiser of the UNESCO Congress ‘The Sun in the Service of Mankind’ in Paris. In 1978, UNESCO published his book ‘Solar Electricity’ in seven languages.

Wolfgang was an official of the EU Commission in Brussels, the executive body of the European Union, in the early 70s. From 1977-1997 he managed the development programme of Renewable Energies - it included policy development and contracting to European industry and academia of the Commission’s budget (almost $1billion over that period). The R&D programme comprised the sectors of Solar Architecture, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Biomass and Ocean Energy. He edited the results of the EU programmes in more than 50 books for publisher Reidel/Kluwer and others.

He initiated the European series of conferences on photovoltaics, biomass and wind power and these have, today, become the biggest events in Europe for these sectors. During that time he also initiated the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), started a working group with the architects - Lord Norman Foster, Lord Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano and Thomas Herzog - to promote ‘Solar Architecture’ and started the European Solar Council (Le Club de Paris).

After 1997, he was an EU Commission Counsellor for renewable energy deployment in Africa. He also advised the EU Commissioner for Energy on the EU White Paper RE issued that year. From 2000 to 2002, he was a member of an energy committee of the German Parliament, to establish an energy strategy for Germany on the time horizon 2050.

Wolfgang Palz is bearer of an Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He has been recognised as a wind energy pioneer in Britain and received the European Prizes for biomass, wind energy and photovoltaics, respectively.

Folker Franz, Senior Adviser, Environmental Affairs and Energy
Folker Franz has been with BUSINESSEUROPE - the Confederation of European Business - since 2002 - initially in the economics department and then the director general’s office. He is currently responsible for environment affairs and related energy issues - in particular, climate change mitigation and renewable energy.

He represented the views of industry in the political discussions leading up to the adoption of the landmark EU Climate and Energy Package in December 2008 - including the Renewable Energy Directive and the Directive reviewing the EU Emission Trading Scheme.

He is the author of BUSINESSEUROPE publications - ‘Energy Efficiency - Reconciling Growth and Climate Protection’ (2007) and ‘Combating Climate Change - Four Key Principles for a Successful International Agreement’ (2008).

Folker is a trained economist and holds a Master in International Economics from the Université Paris-Dauphine. Prior to BUSINESSEUROPE, he worked as a business consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Berlin.

A German national, he now enjoys living in Brussels, despite the low quantities of solar energy the Belgian weather usually has to offer.

Katrina Polaski, Head of Renewable Energy, Sustainable Energy Ireland

Katrina Polaski joined Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) in 2002 and has served as Head of Renewable Energy since 2005.

Prior to that, she was an Energy Economist and Senior Policy Analyst.

Katrina has represented SEI on a number of international and interdepartmental policy and advisory groups in the areas of renewable energy, ocean energy and climate change.

Gerry Wardell, Director, Codema
Gerry Wardell is the Director of Codema, Dublin’s leading agency for energy and sustainability, which acts as sustainable energy adviser for Dublin City Council and the three neighbouring County Councils. The agency has worked in association with the Council’s SPC in preparing their climate change strategy and is currently developing an action plan on energy for the Dublin region.

Gerry’s interest in the global challenge of climate change dates from his time spent as chair of a global thinking reflection group in Brussels which was set up by the European Commission, for local actions on energy.

More recently, he chaired the group at the Institute of International and European Affairs that developed scenarios for the social and economic consequences of climate change, published in the report - ‘Ireland’s Climate Change Challenge’.

Lawrence D Staudt
Lawrence has been involved with renewable energy since 1978, when he was engineer and, subsequently, engineering manager of Enertech, a wind turbine company involved with California wind farms.
He had a renewable energy consulting partnership with Airtricity’s former Chief Scientist, Brian Hurley in the 1980s.

During the 1990s he worked with ESB on power station engineering projects - nationally and internationally - and as a shift engineer in the National Control Centre. During this time he was a vice president of the European Wind Energy Association and chairman of the Irish Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

He currently runs the Centre for Renewable Energy in Dundalk IT (, is a council member of the Irish Wind Energy Association, a chartered engineer and a member of the Engineers Ireland Energy and Environment Committee.

He has written chapters in wind energy for two engineering text books. He also lectures Wind Energy 1, Wind Energy 2 and Grid Integration of Renewables as part of the MSc in Renewable Energy Systems programme.

Dr Richard Toll, Economic & Social Research Institute
Dr Richard Toll is a Senior Research Officer at the Economics and Social Research Institute, Dublin, the Michael Otto Professor of Sustainability and Global Change at the Centre for Marine and Climate Research, Hamburg University and a Principal Researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

The second most prolific Dutch economist, he has 98 publications in learned and other journals. An economist and statistician, he is interested in climate change, natural disasters, marine resources, tourism, land use and water management.

Richard is an editor of Energy Economics. He has played an active role in international bodies - such as the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the European Forum on Integrated Environmental Assessment.

Brian Britton, Managing Director, Oriel Windfarm Limited

As Managing Director of Oriel Windfarm, Brian Britton has been at the forefront in developing the offshore wind energy sector in Ireland.

Completion of the Oriel Windfarm will see 330 MW of renewable energy delivered into the Irish Grid.

Brian has managed this €900 million project from its inception - including raising investment capital and managing the regulatory approval process.

He is a founder and Secretary of the National Offshore Wind Energy Association of Ireland (NOW Ireland).

Brian is Managing Director of Britton Consultants, the Dundalk-based private equity consultancy - and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a former Finance Director of Goodman International.



DAY 1 - Tuesday March 24th 2009

8:00 Coffee & registration

8.45 Chairperson’s opening remarks
Áine Lawlor, RTE Presenter, Morning Ireland

The Government’s Policy on Renewables
Eamon Ryan TD
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources


Current Status and Future Prospects of World’s Renewable Energy
Wolfgang Palz, Chairman, World Council Renewable Energy, WCRE

9:45 The Price of Carbon
Professor Richard Toll, Research Professor, Economic and Social Research Institute

10:10 Ireland’s Climate Change Challenge
Dr Peter Brennan, Managing Director, EPS Consulting and Chairman of the Institute of International and European Affairs working group on climate change


11:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Have we the will to change?

  • Is there a political commitment to deliver Ireland’s energy and climate change agendas?
  • How does energy policy translate into financial terms for investors and developers?
  • Delivering energy efficiency programmes

    Panellists will includes leading industry experts such as -
  • Sean Barrett, TD, Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Climate Change and Energy Security
  • Grattan Healy, Energy Adviser
  • Katrina Polaski, Head of Renewables, Sustainable Energy Ireland
  • Dr Eimear Cotter, Office of Climate Change, Licensing and Resource Use, EPA

11:40 Legal challenges in windfarm development
Ross Moore, Partner, A&L; Goodbody

  • Grid Connections
  • Planning
  • Turbine Supply
  • Regulatory support and off-take arrangements
  • Funding challenges in the current market

12:10 How the Regulator is Responding on Renewables
Michael Tutty, Chairman, Commission on Energy Regulation

  • Connecting renewable: Gate 3
  • How will the SEM work with 40 per cent renewable?
  • Operational issues for wind in the SEM


1:55 Welcome back from the Afternoon Chair

Áine Lawlor, RTE Presenter, Morning Ireland


2:00 Managing the transition to a low carbon economy
Donal Buckley, Head of Business Infrastructure, IBEC

  • Managing carbon – the new currency
  • Understanding the risks and rewards
  • Drivers, Innovation & Business Opportunities

2:30 A Financier's Perspective on Renewable Energy Projects
Donal Murphy, Director, Bank of Ireland Global Markets

  • Key project attributes from a funder perspective
  • Energy policy and how it translates to project bankability
  • Latest developments in debt financing and banking markets

2:55 Smart Cities
Simon Giles, Partner, Accenture

  • What are Smart Cities? - How do we see emerging Smart Technologies, Distributed Renewables & Low Carbon
  • Transportation changing the urban environment?
  • Using a Public Sector Value proposition to define the ‘business case
  • Who is leading the way in moving towards the Smart City concept? - How do we see this concept developing and what does it mean for stakeholders?



3:30 How to develop a renewable business
Dr Lisa Ryan, Comhar - Sustainable Development Council

Ireland is facing severe economic and environmental challenges now and in the future

There are opportunities to overcome these challenges through innovation and transformation to a sustainable society.

The government vision ‘Building the Smart Economy’ provides a basis for investment in a sustainable economy.

This presentation will discuss the policies needed to achieve this goal

Evolving technologies and applications
Bryan Buckley, Engineer, Energy Master

  • Early domestic installations - proving the technology in Ireland
  • Evolving technologies and applications
  • Cases of commercial and industrial applications:
    - Enniscorthy nursing home and retirement village
    - Healthy and affordable living - heat pumps and heat recovery ventilation
    - Tralee IT 44 solar collectors reduce CO2 emissions by over 10,000Kg
    - Lixnaw church - Renewable heating system in 1864 church
    - GMIT Project – Renewable energy solutions for sustainable aquaculture

4:15 PANEL DISCUSSION: The Acceleration of Bioenergy in Ireland

  • Emerging Biomass Opportunities
  • Developing bio energy sustainably - raises many issues because of the new EU Directive on sustainability
  • Bioenergy is more than energy - multiple benefits and the need to get value for all
  • Cross sector policy - the need for joined-up thinking

    Panellists will includes leading industry experts such as -
  • Bernard Rice, Principal Research Officer, Teagasc
  • Clifford Guest, Programme Specialists, Tipperary Institute
  • Vicky Heslop, President, Irish Bioenergy Association

5:00 DAY 1 CLOSE


DAY 2 - Wednesday March 25th 2009

8:00 Registration and light breakfast

8:45 Welcome from Morning Chair

Renewables: The key issues at EU Level
Folker Franz, Senior Adviser, Environmental Affairs and Energy

  • Opportunites and costs
  • Implementing the EU’s 20 per cent renewables target
  • The future of energy prices in Europe

9:20 Ireland’s Grid Development Strategy
Dermot Byrne, CEO, Eirgrid

  • Infrastructure, planning; transmission and grid connectivity
  • Government support for renewables deployment and grid access
  • Overcoming the technical and legal challenges
  • Integrating renewable and conventional energy for both base and peak load requirements
  • Smart grids and decentralised generation - how will renewable fit into the electricity network of the future

9:45 Global Challenges - Local Solutions
Gerry Wardell, CODEMA, Dublin City Council

  • Local authorities playing their part in climate change
  • Climate change strategy for Dublin city
  • Examples of local authority renewable energy projects
  • Action programme for energy and climate

9:50 The Implications of The Greater Dublin Strategic Drainage Study
Michael Hand, Executive Chairman, PH McCarthy Consulting Engineers

  • Population & land use projections
  • Catchment modelling
  • Drainage policies
  • Catchment upgrades
  • Strategic drainage plan.

10:15 Q&A;



10:50 10:50 The impact of technological levers on creating sustainability
Dr. Werner Kruckow, CEO, Siemens

Siemens’ environmental portfolio embraces the generation, transmission, distribution and use of energy - whether it be for buildings, lighting or in industry - as well as other environmental technologies. In fiscal 2008, products and solutions from the company’s portfolio reduced customers’ CO2 emissions by 34 million tons.

Dr Werner Kruckow, CEO Siemens considers the role of innovation and presents a number of technological levers that can have a significant impact on creating a sustainable urban environment. He argues that climate challenges need joined-up thinking and that political and industry measures must go hand-in-hand to provide a ‘triple-win’ opportunity for customers, society and industry.

11:15 The challenges of the renewability agenda
John Campion, Director of Sustainability, ESB

11:45 Microgeneration: It’s potential for Ireland
Professor GT Wrixon, Consulting Engineer

  • What is it?
  • Developments elsewhere in Europe
  • Its potential for Ireland
  • CO2 reduction
  • Job Creation
  • Correct buy-back tariff for Ireland
  • The way forward

12:15 Solar Potential
Dr Mazhar Bari, CEO, STREP

  • Introduction into Solar Energy (History, trends, disruptive energy, smart grids)
  • Motivation for solar energy
  • Elimination of feed tariffs
  • The SolarPrint vision
  • From lab to market


1:55 Welcome back from Afternoon Chair
Peter Brennan, Managing Director, EPS Consulting


2:00 The Nuclear Option
The nuclear alternative - key to meeting CO2 targets
Jim Morrisey, BENE (Better Environment with Nuclear Energy)

2:45 Wood fuel - a key renewable energy feedstock
Dr Eugene Hendrick, Director of COFORD, the National Council for Forest Research and Development

  • Types and sources of wood fuels available on the market
  • Projections of future wood energy supply
  • Making it happen - growing the wood energy market
  • Links between national forest policy, greenhouse gas reduction targets and renewable energy policy


3:30 The Acceleration of Wind Energy: The New Horizon
Caitríona Diviney, Chief Operating Officer, Irish Wind Energy Association

  • Current situation
  • Development pipeline
  • Delivering the pipeline
  • Expiring planning permissions
  • Grid
  • Finance - Support systems, global outlook, Irish market variance

3.55 Offshore Wind Energy - Bringing Capacity to the Renewable Sector
Brian Britton, CEO, Oriel Windfarm Limited & Secretary of the National Offshore Wind Association


4:15 PANEL DISCUSSION: Ireland’s Energy Future

  • The future direction for renewable energy and markets in Ireland
  • Features of a sustainable energy economy

    Panellists will includes leading industry experts such as -
  • Dr Larry Staudt, Director, Centre for Renewable Energy, Dundalk DIT;
  • Graham Brennan, Programme Manager, Renewable Energy Research & Development Programme, Sustainable Energy Ireland




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Founded in 1927, ESB is Ireland’s leading electricity company. It is a vertically integrated utility that generates, distributes and supplies electricity in a regulated energy market. ESB Group employs approximately 6,500 people and sub-company, ESB International, employs 1,200 on its overseas business that has spanned more than 100 countries.

One of Ireland’s most successful companies with an annual turnover of €3.5 billion, ESB has grown in value from €2.5 billion in 2002 to about €6.5 billion today. It has, in the past five years, driven a €6 billion investment programme to successfully refurbish the State’s electricity infrastructure and provide a robust world-class service for the economy.

In agreement with the Commission for Energy Regulation, ESB has reduced its domestic market share in power generation to 40 per cent while expanding its operations abroad.

Of the many challenges facing the energy industry, climate change ranks as a priority. Achieving targets relating to emissions, renewables and energy efficiency are primary goals.

ESB is currently implementing a major capital investment programme of €22 billion to make the company carbon-neutral by 2035. A total of €11 billion is being directed at promoting renewable energy generation. As part of this major renewable strategy, ESB is working on securing 600 megawatt of wind generation in Ireland by 2012.

Since its foundation, ESB has been deeply embedded in Irish society and with the community it serves. Looking ahead, the company is committed to progressing its sustainability objective while playing its part in ensuring security of supply.

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is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors.

Our 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, to enabling early detection and effective treatment of disease.

For the energy sector, we offer products and solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy. In Healthcare, Siemens offers in-vivo (imaging systems) and in-vitro (laboratory diagnostics), therapy and healthcare information technology solutions, supplemented by consulting and support services. Our industry sector provides products and solutions in the fields of production, transportation and building systems.

Active in Ireland for over 80 years, Siemens has been involved in many key infrastructure projects. These 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 more than 1000 highly-skilled people in Ireland.

The Ireland of tomorrow will be shaped by the mega-trends of urbanisation, demographic change and climate change. Siemens - with its cross-sector portfolio, technological leadership and strong local presence - is better positioned than any other company to provide future-proof solutions that generate competitive advantages and lay the basis for sustainable growth for tomorrow’s Ireland.

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Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.

With deep industry and business process expertise, broad global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilise the right people, skills and technologies to help clients improve their performance.

In today’s unpredictable environment, utilities confront changing regulations, ageing infrastructure assets, skills shortages, fuel-price volatility and the growing consideration of environmental directions. However, utilities looking to build for the future can also look to a fresh set of business solutions, enabled by digital technologies, sensing devices and software capabilities.

Accenture can apply their industry expertise, business process knowledge and systems integration skills to help their utility clients achieve high performance. With more than 186,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$23.39 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug 31, 2008.

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