The 7th Annual IERC Conference ‘Energy Resilience in a Low Carbon Economy’ took place on Wednesday 14th March 2018, in Fota Island Hotel, Cork.



The agenda for the conference is available to view here


Speakers and Facilitators

Marguerite Sayers, Managing Director, ESB Networks

Joy Aloor, Head of Power Technologies International, Siemens

Marie Donnelly, Former Director Renewables, Research & Innovation and Energy Efficiency at DG Energy of the European Commission

Teresa Fallon, Innovation Manager, Electric Ireland

Alex Raguet, Co Founder and Chairman, LUMO

Matthew Clancy, Bioenergy & CHP Programme Manager, SEAI

Caroline Milne, Head of Communications, Joule Assets

Jo Southernwood, Researcher, IERC

Norman Crowley, CEO, Crowley Carbon

Fionn Rogan, Energy Policy and Modelling Group, UCC

Martin Finucane, Strategic Energy Policy, DCCAE

Tom Gillen, Managing Director, Energia

Paddy Hayes, Executive Director, Generation and Wholesale Markets, ESB

Liam O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Gas Networks Ireland


Tony Day, Executive Director, IERC

Frank O’Sullivan, Director of Research, MIT Energy Initiative

Murilo Bonilha, Managing Director, UTRCI

John Mullins, CEO, Amarenco


Conference Sessions

Session 1:

Supply Options

A key Government energy policy objective for 2018 involves ensuring the security, continuity and competitiveness of energy supply for the economy and for consumers. Achieving this objective involves promoting the sustainability of energy supply and demand in the context of reducing energy related emissions and moving towards a low carbon economy (as provided for in the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act and in the Government’s National Mitigation Plan). This session will focus on the various supply options available and their contribution to economic activity, delivery of key public services and enhancement of consumer comfort. It focuses on the required actions, modes and means of decarbonising our energy system. Attention is placed on the role of electrification of heat, developments within biogas and hydrogen and the role of small scale energy storage.


Session 2:

Energy Efficiency

Budget 2017 outlined a number of measures aimed at expanding Ireland’s energy efficiency programmes and investing 117M EUR into built environment measures across the residential, commercial and public sectors. Delivering such measures is complex and involves the enhancement of efficiency in energy generation, the delivery of sustainable and efficient supply chains, the mitigation of environmental impacts and the driving of policies that target more affordable and sustainable energy solutions.  This session focuses on showcasing innovative actions in the built environment. Attention is placed on actions to mobilise SME and industry involvement, development of business models, and technology driving smart innovation (through metering).


Session 3:

Impact of innovation on Business

There is a shared responsibility across industry and government to make our economy more resilient and competitive while delivering robust energy technologies, products and solutions that can help to build robust businesses while also guaranteeing more competitive energy prices for Irish consumers. While there are costs involved in moving to a low carbon economy, this roundtable session focuses on business leaders sharing their vision for innovation.  It will highlight business strategies and solutions in terms of new technologies, systems thinking and business models and ultimately determine how these business leaders create value across their business.