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The Irish energy market, is following the rest of Europe in opening its markets and getting ready for a competitive environment. However Ireland is attracting huge investments from the US and also has seen a huge growth in independent power providers springing up. With the discovery of gas in the Irish Sea Ireland is also moving away from being import dependent for its power needs. This event is a must for anyone interested in the Iris market, or indeed in seeing how the European markets are developing.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

David Taylor

David Taylor, Director, Irish Energy Centre

9:10 MINISTERIAL KEYNOTE OPENING ADDRESS: AN OVERVIEW OF THE IRISH ENERGY INDUSTRY

Joe Jacob

Joe Jacob, Minister of State, Department for Public Enterprise

9:40 THE TRADING AND SETTLEMENT REGIME

Cathy Mannion

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

  • Overview and trading arrangements
  • Access to market by generators and suppliers
  • Settlement
  • Pricing
  • 10:20 DEVELOPING THE IRISH ELECTRICITY GRID

    Kieran O'Brien

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

  • Growth in electricity demand
  • Need for new transmission infrastructure
  • Issues arising from new transmission construction Access by suppliers
  • Pricing transmission services
  • Interaction with the power market
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 KEY ISSUES IN THE LIBERALISATION OF THE IRISH ENERGY MARKETS

    Patricia Lawless

    Patricia Lawless, Partner, McCann FitzGerald

  • Grid connection: - Firm access. - Dispatch criteria. - Access to gas.
  • Gas capacity: - Allocation process. - Infrastructural developments.
  • Independent TSO: - 2000 regulations. - Infrastructure agreement
  • 12:00 DEVELOPMENT OF IRISH GAS INFRASTRUCTURE

    Jack O'Connell

    Jack O'Connell, Commercial Manager, Transmission, Bord Gais Eireann

  • Gas Demand Drivers
  • Infrastructure plans
  • Project appraisal and construction schedules
  • The advantages of gas in economic development
  • Gas transportation services and products
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 OPPORTUNITIES IN THE IRISH OIL AND GAS/ENERGY SECTORS

    Michael O'Connor

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

  • Regulatory Environment - Off-shore Oil and Gas Sector - Electricity Sector
  • Licensing Issues - 1992 Licensing Terms for Off-Shore Oil and Gas Exploration and Development - Electricity Construction, Re-Construction, Generation and Supply Licences
  • Green Field Projects
  • Acquiring / Investing in an Existing Operation
  • 14:40 CORRIB- A NEW ERA IN IRISH ENERGY

    Rosemary Steen

    Rosemary Steen, Public and Govrnerment Affairs Manager, Enterprise Oil

  • Project update
  • Corrib and the Irish Energy market
  • The regulatory environment
  • What next?
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:35 STATOIL: ENERGY IN IRELAND TODAY.

    Dermot O'Kane

    Dermot O'Kane, Strategic Adviser: Energy, Statoil

    16:20 INTERNATIONALISATION IN THE ENERGY BUSINESS.

    William Malarkey

    William Malarkey, Project Manager, RWE Holding

  • Status of international energy integration
  • Multi-utilities approach to growth
  • Features of attractive international markets
  • Cultural and management challenges
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Job Langbroek

    Job Langbroek, Resource Analyst, Davy's Stockbrokers

    9:10 POWER PRODUCTION

    Garrett Blaney

    Garrett Blaney, Commercial Director, Huntstown Power Company Ltd

  • Commercial Structure for typical new generator
  • Technical challenges in building a new power station
  • Evolving regulatory environment
  • Trading a merchant plant in Ireland
  • Importance of technical and commercial flexibility
  • Examining the future of power projects
  • 9:40 FUTURE PROSPECTS FOR WIND ENERGY IN IRELAND: AER 5 AND BEYOND

    Dr Aidan Forde

    Dr Aidan Forde, Director, Saorgus Energy Ltd

  • Ireland’s potential for wind energy production
  • Overview of capacity installed to date
  • Past, current and future drivers of growth
  • Issues to be addressed – planning, grid capacity
  • The next big step - offshore
  • The likely situation in 2006
  • 10:20 SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SERVICES-THE CHALLENGE

    David Taylor

    David Taylor, Director, Irish Energy Centre

  • What are energy services ?
  • What constitutes sustainability ?
  • How might electricity meet that challenge ?
  • Role of renewable energy
  • Contribution of Combined Heat & Power
  • Support for innovation

    Irish Energy Centre & EU initiatives

  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 OPENING UP OF TRADING OPPORTUNITIES

    Tom Gillen

    Tom Gillen, Trading Manager, Energia, Viridian Group

  • Opportunities
  • Liquidiy
  • Culture
  • Price
  • Risk Management
  • Future developments
  • 12:00 THE REGULATION OF THE IRISH ELECTRICITY MARKET: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS.

    John Gaffney

    John Gaffney, Associate, William Fry Solicitors

  • Implementation of electricity directive. Ireland
  • New regulations
  • Disputes
  • Gas allocation process
  • Grid connection issues
  • Competition issues
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 HANDLING CUSTOMERS IN A COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT

    Rory O'Hagan

    Rory O'Hagan, Retail Marketing Manager, Shell Ireland

  • Target segments and value of preferred segments.
  • Customer satisfaction index.
  • Competitive pricing.
  • New trends.
  • 14:40 CHALLENGES TO PARTICIPATING IN LIBERALISING ENERGY MARKETS

    Neil Barton

    Neil Barton, Senior Consultant, GTL Business International

  • Market recognition, risks and opportunities
  • Entry requirements, statutory and desirable, the challenges beyond
  • Policy and procedural development
  • Project teams, recruitment, competence, training
  • Market experiences, business framework, problems confronted, project tools
  • Evidence of best practices
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 TOWARDS A EUROPEAN MARKET

    Linda Clink

    Linda Clink, Director, En-Avant Energy Services

  • EU initiatives for a single market
  • Progress of EU member states
  • Cross-border opportunities- Ireland/ Northern Ireland/ UK
  • Issues for energy companies and customers
  • 16:20 MINISTERIAL KEYNOTE CLOSING ADDRESS: AN OVERVIEW OF MARINE RELATED ENERGY ISSUES

    Frank Fahey

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

    17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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