The future of the energy sector in Northern Ireland: cost, supply and regulation

Thursday, 17th September 2015
Central Belfast
This event is CPD certified
Guest of Honour: Patsy McGlone MLA, Chair, Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Northern Ireland Assembly
This seminar will provide a timely opportunity for delegates to consider the future of the energy sector in Northern Ireland at a time of significant reform and restructure.
Following the recent publication of the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee’s Review of Electricity Policy, sessions will bring together key policymakers and regulators with representatives from energy providers; utility companies; business and domestic customers; financial, legal and planning professionals; environmental organisations and local government; academics, and other interested parties. At this early stage it is expected delegates will discuss the key challenges and opportunities facing the energy sector including security of supply, cost of domestic and industrial electricity and the potential for expanding the use of renewable energy.
We are delighted that Jenny Pyper, Chief Executive, Utility Regulator and Patsy McGlone MLA, Chair of the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Northern Ireland Assembly have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.
At this early stage Michael Doran, Director, Action Renewables; Stephen Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Manufacturing NI; Dr John McElroy, Director of Policy & Public Affairs, RWE npower; James Orr, Northern Ireland Director, Friends of the Earth; Robert Wasson, Asset Management Director, Northern Ireland Electricity and Richard Williams, Head of Policy (Energy), Consumer Council have also agreed to speak, together with a senior speaker confirmed from Eirgrid.
Danny Kinahan MLA, Member, Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Northern Ireland Assembly and Steven Agnew MLA, Leader, Green Party in Northern Ireland and Member, Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Northern Ireland Assembly have kindly agreed to chair this seminar. Further senior participants are being approached.