Offshore Wind 2020 Conference

Wednesday 1st July 2020

  • An online conference on the future of Irish offshore wind energy
  • Sponsored by


Offshore Wind 2020 Online Conference

With the publication of the Government’s Climate Action Plan, there is now a clear pathway to a low carbon economy in Ireland. Renewable energy is pivotal to the Plan and most of the carbon saved in the plan will be delivered by wind energy. A significant portion of this will be offshore with an estimated 8.2GW by 2030. 2020 saw the commencement of the RESS support scheme with the second auction, which will be offshore energy, scheduled for 2021.

This conference will bring together all the key stakeholders to discuss where the offshore wind sector is at in Ireland and to investigate how its development can help to deliver the targets in the Climate Action Plan. The objective is to create a genuine in-depth understanding of how Ireland will develop its offshore wind resources.

Conference themes

The key themes that will be addressed in the conference will include:

✔ Update on renewable energy policy and where offshore wind fits in;
✔ Developing an effective regulatory structure to support offshore wind development;
✔ International experience of developing an offshore wind sector;
✔ Investing in offshore and onshore grid system to deliver 8.2GW by 2030;
✔ The importance of an effective marine spatial planning framework;
✔ Developing the offshore wind supply chain in Ireland.


Who's Speaking



Time Speaker Presentation
0900 Chairman’s welcome and introduction
Matthew Collins
Assistant Secretary, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Developing Ireland’s offshore wind energy resources
Karen Trant 
Director of Networks and Legal, Commission for Regulation of Utilities
A regulatory framework to deliver Ireland’s offshore wind energy ambition
David Connolly
Chief Executive, Irish Wind Energy Association
70 by 30 implementation plan: Building offshore wind
Paul Cooley
Director of Capital Projects, SSE Renewables
Developing, constructing and operating offshore wind assets
Questions & Answers session: a panel discussion moderated by conference chair
1045 Morning break
Conor McCabe
Principal, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
Implementing the National Marine Planning Framework
Michael Mahon
Chief Infrastructure Officer, EirGrid
Connecting offshore wind to Ireland’s grid
John Dallas
Partner, A&L Goodbody
Planning and regulatory aspects for offshore wind farm development in Ireland
William Walsh
CEO, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
Supply chain opportunities in the Irish offshore wind sector
Fiona Devoy McAuliffe
Researcher, MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, UCC
Reducing lifecycle and supply chains cost for Irish offshore wind farms
Questions & Answers session: a panel discussion moderated by conference chair
1315 Conference close



Offshore Wind 2020 Conference
1st July 2020

Delegate rate: €145 + VAT @ 23% = €178.35 (after Friday 12th June)

Conference format

Energy Ireland will be using an online platform that will allow speakers and delegates to follow the normal structure of a conference. This will include:

  • Chair and speakers on screen during the session
  • Speakers will be able to use powerpoint slides
  • A Q&A session with delegates being able to post questions, moderated by the chair
  • A chat facility for delegates to make comments, moderated by Energy Ireland
  • A twitter feed to be visible to all participants
  • A ‘handout’ facility will allow delegates to receive relevant documentation

Delegates will get a ‘conference experience’ that goes beyond the normal video conferencing meeting formats.

Some of the key features of the conference will be as follows:

Watch the conference video

Sponsorship opportunities available

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