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To save you time and money researching the latest developments in the Irish Energy Market, SMi are producing a conference to meet all your demands in this field.

With representatives attending from the major players in this industry, this conference will meet all your networking requirements. And what’s more, you can gain all these contacts in just 2 days! And with our lunches promoting open debate, you will have the perfect opportunity to build these relationships and exchange industry specific knowledge.

Speakers from Irish Energy 2001 include:

Joe Jacob, Minister of State, T.D. Department for Public Enterprise

Cathy Mannion, Head of Generation and Supply, CER Commission for Electricity Regulation

Frank Fahey, Minister of State, T.D. Marine and Natural Resources

David Taylor, Director, Irish Energy Centre

Job Langbroek, Resource Analyst, Davy’s Stockbrokers

Kieran O'Brien, Managing Director, ESB National Grid, CEO Designate, EirGrid

Anthony Murray, Managing Director, Statoil Ireland

Garrett Blaney, Commercial Director, Huntstown Power Company

Ger Breen, Head of Transmission, Bord Gais

Rosemary Steen, Public and Government Affairs Manager, Enterprise Oil

Dr. Aidan Forde, Director, Saorgus Energy

Tom Gillen, Trading Manager, Energia, Viridian Group

Rory O’Hagan, Retail Marketing Manager, Shell Ireland

Michael O’Connor, Partner and Head of Projects Group, Matheson Ormsby Prentice

Patricia Lawless, Partner, McCann FitzGerald

John Gaffney, Associate, William Fry Solicitors

Neil Barton, Senior consultant, GTL Business International

Linda Clink, Director, En-Avant Energy Services

David Wilkinson, Partner, KPMG

Stephen Halliday, Senior Consultant, European Energy, Wood Mackenzie

Topics covered at Irish Energy 2001 included; Overview of the Irish energy industry

Examining the latest developments within the energy sector

The trading and settlement regime

Providing prices for the independent sector

Developing the Irish Energy Grid

Down stream to Consumers

The Statoil Ireland experiences

Development of Irish gas infrastructure

Opportunities in the Irish Oil and Gas sectors

Legal issues for new market Entrants

CORRIB- A new era in Irish energy

Key issues in Liberalisation of the Irish Markets

Realities of Liberalisation

Power production

Challenges for new generator in the Irish Market

Future prospects for wind energy

Sustainable energy services - The challenge

Opening up of trading opportunities

The regulation of the Irish Electricity Market

Handling customers in a competitive environment

Challenges to participating in liberalising energy markets

Towards a European Market

An overview of related marine energy issues

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Job Langbroek

Job Langbroek, Resource Analyst, Davy's Stockbrokers

9:10 REGULATION

Cathy Mannion

Cathy Mannion, Head of Generation and Supply, Commission for Energy Regulation
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  • Issues concerning new regulations
  • Inducement of competition
  • Looking at speeding up competition and investment
  • Commercial incentives for efficiency
  • The licensing process
  • Influence of future regulations and policies on the energy market
  • 9:40 DEVELOPMENT OF THE IRISH GAS TRANSMISSION NETWORK

    Ger Breen

    Ger Breen, Head of Transmission, Bord Gais

  • Interconnector 2
  • The Pipeline to the West
  • Other projects
  • Third party transmission
  • 10:20 VIRTUAL INDEPENDENT POWER PRODUCTION (VIPP)

    Ken McKervey

    Ken McKervey, Regulation Manager, ESB

  • Structure of the new VIPP 3 contract
  • Issues arising from VIPP and physical generation now in the market
  • Indexation of VIPP
  • Looking to the future of VIPP in Ireland
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE SHIFT IN CONTROL OF TRANSMISSION TO ALLOW COMPETITION

    Ann Scully

    Ann Scully, Market Operations Manager, Eirgrid

  • Competition and market structure
  • The cost of competition
  • Lessons learnt from European partners
  • Consumer benefits?
  • Progress in Ireland compared to that in Europe
  • How to encourage long term capital investment
  • 12:00 DEVELOPING AND FUNDING IPPs IN THE IRISH ENERGY MARKET

    Michael O’Connor

    Michael O’Connor, Partner, Matheson Ormsby Prentice

  • Key milestones in the development process
  • Securing funding on a project finance basis
  • Key lender due diligence issues
  • Market due diligence
  • Project specific due diligence
  • Outline contractual matrix and risk allocations
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 THE FUTURE OF ENERGY SUPPLY

    Gary Ryan

    Gary Ryan, Head of Sales and Marketing, Energia

  • Weaknesses in the market
  • Plans to overcome difficulties that are presented
  • Retailing of energy
  • Access to UK wholesale energy market
  • Feasibility of importing power
  • Lessons learnt
  • 14:40 ENERGY REGULATION

    Douglas McIldoon

    Douglas McIldoon, Director General, OFREG

  • Promotion of competition in the electricity industry
  • Protecting consumers while creating an effective market
  • Lessons from Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Encouragement of sustainable energy
  • Moving towards an all-Ireland energy market
  • Success of North-South projects
  • 15:20 RENEWABLE AFFAIRS FACING THE WIND ENERGY MARKET

    Declan Flanagan

    Declan Flanagan, Regulation and Trading Manager, Airtricity

  • Project Developments
  • Constraints placed on operations
  • Opportunities for expansion of generating capacity
  • Financing wind energy projects
  • Importance of diversification of supply
  • Looking at the Future
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    John Gaffney

    John Gaffney, Partner, William Fry Solicitors

    9:10 THE FUTURE OF THE GAS INDUSTRY

    Dermot O’Kane

    Dermot O’Kane, Commercial Manager, Enterprise Energy Ireland

  • Positive incentives for new entrants
  • Importance of gas
  • Supply diversification
  • Prospects for more offshore development
  • 9:40 POWER GENERATION

    Garrett Blaney

    Garrett Blaney, Commercial Director, Huntstown Power

  • Looking at competitive production
  • Increasing commercial opportunities
  • Looking for potential spare capacity
  • Innovative solutions to regulatory issues
  • Potential operational activities
  • Technical barriers to power station development
  • 10:20 STATE OF COMPETITION IN THE MARKET

    Isolde Goggin

    Isolde Goggin, Director, The Competition Authority

  • Competition and market structure
  • Obstacles to competition
  • Lessons learnt from other countries
  • Consumer benefits
  • Progress in Ireland compared to that in Europe
  • How to encourage long term capital investment
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 LESSONS LEARNT FROM DEREGULATION IN IRELAND’S TELECOMS MARKET

    Francis Hackett

    Francis Hackett, Partner, O’Donnell Sweeney

  • An overview of the deregulation process
  • Importance of independent operators
  • Dangers focussing on corporate customers
  • What can be expected in the deregulation process
  • Lessons Learnt
  • 12:00 FINANCING ENERGY PROJECTS

    Gerard White

    Gerard White, Senior Manager, Anglo-Irish Bank

  • Securing finance in a non re-course market
  • Financing problems for new market entrants
  • Solutions to financing problems
  • Risk assessment
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 THE ENERGY MARKET FROM A FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE

    Mr Andrew Ennis

    Mr Andrew Ennis, Executive, NCB Corporate Finance

  • Finding finance in a developing market
  • Encouraging investment
  • Need for investment in the Irish market
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • 14:40 THE LIBERALISATION OF THE IRISH ENERGY MARKET

    Patrick McGovern

    Patrick McGovern, Partner, Arthur Cox

  • Background to market
  • Measures already taken
  • Feasibility of all-Ireland energy market
  • Need for investment and long term commitment
  • New challenges and prospects for energy buyers
  • 15:20 OPPORTUNITIES IN THE IRISH ENERGY MARKETS

    Linda Clink

    Linda Clink, Director, En-Avant Energy Services

  • Is sufficient competition policy in place to allow entry?
  • Can the market support real and meaningful competition?
  • The cost of increasing competition
  • What are the key changes that need to be made in the market?
  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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