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Ireland's 2030 Electricity System - Heading to 100% Renewable Penetration

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 3 April 2019
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Member Rate: €245

    Non-Member Rate: €295

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    5.5 hours   C1

Seminar Overview

Ireland’s 2030 targets for decarbonisation will be challenging to meet. The further decarbonisation of the electricity system will play a key role in reaching these targets. In April 2018, the Irish Grid Operator, EirGrid, announced that it can successfully manage up to 65% variable renewable energy on the grid at any given time. Subsequently, EirGrid stated its ambition to move to integrating 100% variable renewable energy by 2030. In order to reach this target, the Island of Ireland is faced with significant challenges in areas such as grid development, system service and capacity market development, integration of distributed generation and demand side management and enabling the electrification of the heat and transport sectors.

Seminar Aim

Leading experts and thought-leaders will present their views on how grid development will meet the challenges faced by increased renewable penetration. This seminar will promote debate about how we can address these challenges and opportunities for the betterment of the Island of Ireland.

The seminar will also discuss the impact of datacentres, the electrification of heat and transport, energy storage and demand side innovations.

Learning Objectives

Delegates will learn:

  • What DCCAE’s ambitions are for Ireland’s 2030 renewable energy targets
  • What EirGrid’s plan are to adapt the grid to meet the challenges posed by increased renewable penetration
  • What industry participants identify as potential solutions to these challenges
  • Progress in relation to electrification of heat and transport sectors, as well as demand side management

Who Should Attend?

  • Those wishing to learn from thought-leaders and policy in relation to the challenges posed by increased renewable electricity penetration
  • Those looking to contribute and offer their valued opinion on grid development and innovation
  • Those seeking to get an understanding of what Ireland’s ambitions are in relation to a low carbon economy, and the challenges and opportunities facing the State in the short, medium and long terms


Topics and speakers include:

  1. Looking forward to EU 2030 Targets | Donal Crean, ESB Networks Ltd
  2. EU 2030 Targets and Paris Agreement and What They Mean to Ireland | John Fitzgerald, Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council
  3. Transforming the Grid for a Low Carbon Energy Future  | Eoin Kennedy, Strategy Programme Manager, EirGrid
  4. Datacentres and Ireland, 60 Years in the Making | Garry Connolly, Founder & President, Host in Ireland
  5. Electrification of Transport | Graham Brennan, Transport Programme Manager, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  6. Electrification of Heat - Challenges and the Way Forward | Pat Kiernan, Glen Dimplex
  7. District Heating: Integration of Heat & Electricity Markets at Scale | Donna Gartland, Senior Energy Planner, Codema - Dublin's Energy Agency
  8. DS3 Programme and What Next for 2030? | Jon O'Sullivan, EirGrid
  9. Enabling the Prosumer Via the Distribution Network | Ronan Murphy, Smart Networks Specialist, ESB
  10. Solutions Provided by Demand Response and Associated Challenges | Barry Cullen, Enel X
  11. Innovation in Wind Technology – Emulated Inertia  | Paul O'Hara, Nordex Acciona Windpower

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3 April 2019




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