Policy Forum for Northern Ireland

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
If you’d like to speak to us over the phone about any booking-related queries, please call one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +44 (0)7538736244

The future for Northern Ireland energy policy - the energy strategy and net zero targets, security of supply, and the impact on industry and consumers

TO BE PUBLISHED December 2020

This conference will bring together key stakeholders and policymakers to examine the future for energy policy in Northern Ireland - and implications for the energy sector, its partners and customers.

It will be an opportunity to discuss:

  • the Strategic Energy Framework white paper which is expected to be published in the second half of this year; and
  • the role of the energy sector in meeting carbon emission goals, which will be set out as part of the anticipated Climate Change Bill proposed in the New Decade, New Approach agreement.

Further sessions in the agenda look at:

  • key issues for infrastructure and energy security;
  • the future energy market in Northern Ireland; and
  • the impact of developments on the energy sector and consumers.


There will be keynote addresses from:

  • Jo Aston, Managing Director, SONI (System Operator for Northern Ireland);
  • Jenny Pyper, Chief Executive, Utility Regulator; and
  • A senior speaker from the Department for the Economy.

Further speakers include: Rachel Anderson, Northern Ireland Renewables Industry Group; Pat Austin, National Energy Action Northern Ireland; Paulino Garcia, The Consumer Council; Dr David Joffe, Committee on Climate Change; Dr Inna Vorushylo, Zero-IN on NI Heat; and a senior speaker confirmed from Phoenix Natural Gas.

The agenda

  • Energy Policy in Northern Ireland - key priorities for the energy strategy;
  • The role of the energy sector in meeting the 2050 net zero targets;
  • Next steps for the development of the grid and interconnectors;
  • Ensuring security of supply and effective infrastructure to meet future energy needs;
  • Challenges for the market in the energy transition; and
  • Balancing priorities - costs, competition and fuel poverty.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Policy Forum for Norther Ireland conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with a range of interested officials who have reserved places representing: the Department for the Economy and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Northern Ireland seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates