The 3rd National Renewable Energy Summit

March 4th 2010, Croke Park Convention Centre, Dublin


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
  • Researchers/Scientists.

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 energy.

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 Generation.

He also worked as a regional manager in both Sligo and Dublin. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, he was Head of Network Projects.

Katrina Polaski, Head of Low Carbon Technologies, Sustainable Energy Ireland
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 Wallace
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 of Engineering
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 companies.

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 segments.

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 Ireland.

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 industry.

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 by 2035.

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 levels.

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 re-closers.

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 study.

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 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 and governments.

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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