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AGENDA 

The theme of the conference is Offshore Wind: Building a New Irish Industry.

The Conference will take place over two days and, with this theme in mind, look at what must happen in the coming months and years to ensure that we not only deliver the 5 GW set out in the Programme for Government but that we create a thriving new industry which attracts investment, creates jobs and revitalises Ireland’s coastal communities.  

Day 1 – Tuesday 21st September – Following our keynote in the morning, with Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, the first session will look at how we can design an industrial strategy for offshore wind energy, which will be followed by a discussion on what we hope will by then be a much clearer understanding of our new offshore planning system. 
 
Day 2 – Wednesday 22nd September – The second day of the conference will also begin with some keynote contributions, including Eamon Ryan, Minister for Climate Action, Communications Networks and Transport before a panel discussion on the new systems for grid connections and route-to-market for offshore renewables. The conference will conclude with an examination of the exciting new potential for floating offshore wind and hydrogen to play their part in our decarbonised energy future.

Day 1 21 September 2021

Session 1:
Keynote Session
09.00

Chair Introduction 

Peter Lefroy, Chair, Offshore Committee, Director, RWE Renewables Ireland

09.05

Keynote Address

Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment

09.20

Keynote Sponsor Address

Jim Dollard, Executive Director, Generation and Trading, ESB

09.35

WEI Address

Noel Cunniffe, CEO, Wind Energy Ireland 

09.50

Break

Session 2:
Industrial Strategy & Supply Chain
10.30

Chair Introduction 

Mandy Masters, Business Development Manager, Windcat Workboats

10.35

Facilitating Ports for the Development of Offshore Renewables

Liam Lacey, Director,  Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) 

10.50

Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy 

Tom Suddaby, Head of Market Development UK and Ireland, Ørsted

11.05

Delivering Ireland’s Offshore Wind Ambition; the Vital Supply Chain Link…

Cormac Gebruers, Head of College at National Maritime College of Ireland 

11.20

Q&A 

11.50

One to One Interview with

Giles Dickson, CEO, WindEurope

12.05

Lunch 

Session 3:
Consenting
14.00

Chair Introduction 

Tina Raleigh, Senior Project Manager, Statkraft Ireland

14.05

Introducing Ireland's New Offshore Planning Regime 

Martina Hennessy, Principal Officer, Offshore Renewable Energy, DECC 

14.20

Challenges for Offshore Renewable Planning 

Alice Whittaker, Partner, Philip Lee

14.35

Offshore Renewables Fixed, Floating or Stranded?

Attracta Uí Bhroin, Environmental Law Officer, Irish Environmental Network

14.50

Q&A 

15.20

One to One Interview with

Arno Verbeek, Project Director, Codling Wind Park

Day 2 22 September 2021

Session 4:
Keynote Session
09.00

Chair Introduction 

Eoin Cassidy, Director, WEI & Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

09.05

Keynote Address

Eamon Ryan, Minister for Climate Action, Communications Networks and Transport

09.20

Keynote Sponsor Address

Barry Kilcline, Head of Offshore, SSE Renewables

09.35

Break

Session 5:
Grid & RESS
10.15

Chair Introduction 

Caoimhe McWeeney, Regulation Analyst, Energia Group  

10.20

ORESS 1 Update

Robert McGuinness, Assistant Principal Officer at Department of Environment, Climate & Communications 

10.35

Developing Ireland's Offshore Grid 

Louise O'Flanagan, Offshore Programme Manager, EirGrid Group 

 

10.50

International Experience in Offshore Grid Development 

Rob van der Hage, Partner Offshore Renewables and Hydrogen, ERM

11.05

Q&A 

11.35

One to One Interview with 

Marie Donnelly, Chair of Climate Change Advisory Council

11.50

Lunch 

Session 6:
The Floating and Hydrogen Vision
14.00

Chair Introduction 

Georgina Foley, Director, Policy and Stategy, Green Rebel Marine

14.05

Offshore Green Hydrogen Subsurface Storage - A Key Enabler For Irish Offshore Wind 

Dr John O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, dCarbonX

14.20

Revolution: A Vision for Irish Floating Wind Energy 

Val Cummins, Chair, WEI FLOSH Committee, Project Director Ireland, Simply Blue Energy 

14.35

Green Hydrogen in the Irish Energy Transition

Dr Cian Desmond, Head of Innovation, Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions 

14.50

Q&A 

15.30

Closing Address

Niall Goodwin, Head of Policy, Wind Energy Ireland

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