Policy Forum for Northern Ireland

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Next steps for energy policy in NI - the Energy Strategy, just transition, modernisation, security of supply, customers, and the future market

Morning, Tuesday, 1st March 2022


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference focuses on priorities and next steps for energy policy in Northern Ireland, including:

  • aims for decarbonising the energy sector by 2050
  • the way forward for the energy market and energy suppliers, looking at regulation, competition, reliability, and affordability
  • core challenges around fuel poverty and security of supply

It is timed as an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to examine the new Northern Ireland Energy Strategy following its expected publication by the Department for the Economy, and the way forward and key issues for implementation and achieving its key aims.


We expect discussion to bring out latest thinking on the Strategy’s key areas of focus, including:

  • the energy system - and what is required for setting achievable decarbonisation targets, a just transition in NI, and an optimal energy mix to serve demands in electricity, heat, and transport
  • futureproofing - priorities for infrastructure development and demand-side management that are fit for changing consumer behaviour and can cope with long-term pressures on the energy system

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Thomas Byrne, Director, Energy Strategy, Department for the Economy; and John French, Chief Executive, Utility Regulator.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • implementing the new Northern Ireland Energy Strategy, key issues for delivery, and the 2050 vision
  • decarbonisation, the transformation of the energy grid, and new climate change legislation
  • next steps for the NI energy market, regulatory challenges, and competitiveness and sustainability
  • the future for energy infrastructure in Northern Ireland and security of supply
  • ensuring quality and affordable service for customers and developing a modern regulatory framework

Attendees

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Overall, we expect further speakers and other delegates to be an informed group including MLAs, senior executive officials and regulators, together with companies involved in electricity and heat generation, distribution and supply; consultancies; planning lawyers; local authorities; environmental pressure groups; investors; business groups; trade unions; academics and reporters from national media.


This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference



Keynote Speaker

Professor John Barry

Professor of Green Political Economy and Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action, Queens University Belfast

Keynote Speakers

Professor John Barry

Professor of Green Political Economy and Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action, Queens University Belfast

Thomas Byrne

Director, Energy Strategy, Department for the Economy

John French

Chief Executive, Utility Regulator

Chairs

Sinead McLaughlin MLA

Deputy Chair, Committee for the Economy

Mike Nesbitt MLA

Member, Committee for the Economy

Speakers

Rachel Anderson

Chair, RES UK and Ireland

Niall Martindale

Director of Regulation and Pricing, Firmus Energy

David Butler

Director, SGN

Paul Stapleton

Managing Director, Northern Ireland Electricity

Angela Moffatt

Negotiations Officer, Prospect

Pat Austin

Director, National Energy Action

Noyona Chundur

Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Council for Northern Ireland

Mark Foley

Group Chief Executive, EirGrid