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IWEA Autumn Conference 2019

23rd & 24th October 2019

Radisson Blu, Athlone, Co Westmeath

Ireland has set an ambitious target to provide 70 per cent of our electricity from renewable energy by 2030. But how will this be achieved? What challenges need to be overcome? How must policies on planning, grid connection and the electricity market change in the coming ten years?

Key leaders and decisionmakers in the Irish renewable energy sector will be setting out their perspectives on these critical questions at the Irish Wind Energy Association’s Autumn Conference in Athlone on Thursday 24 October

Join us for the IWEA Annual Autumn Conference which will take place over two days on the 23rd and 24th October 2019 in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone. 

Day 1 will consist of networking activities, networking drinks reception and a Pre-Conference Dinner.  Day 2 will be a full day of conference speakers.

The theme for this year's conference is 70by30 and topics will include:

  • Consenting/Planning
    • Onshore consent
    • Offshore consent
    • Rates
  • Route to Market 
    • RESS 
    • Corporate PPA's
    • Community engagement
  • Grid 
    • Connection policy on and offshore
    • Grid delivery on and off shore 
    • Dispatch down 
    • Zero carbon service

 Conference rates Autumn 2019


The Exhibition

The Exhibitors:



Exhibition spaces are now fully open to all members. 

 To Book:

Please download the exhibitor booking form below and return it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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To view/download the agenda please click on the image below


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Agenda Overview 

Please note that all events must be booked separately and that conference tickets do not cover the cost of the golf, the boat trip or the pre-conference dinner.  All events must be paid for and booked individually.  Demand is very high for these events so in order to ensure your place early booking is essential.  An email will be sent to the membership contact with details of registration openings.   


Wednesday 23rd October - Athlone (various)

8.30am               IWEA Golf Event - Glasson Golf Club, Killinure, Glasson, Co. Westmeath 

6.45pm               Drinks reception and golf awards (Radisson Blu Hotel)

7.30pm               Pre-conference dinner (Radisson Blu Hotel)

Thursday 24th October - Radisson Blu Hotel

8.00am               Conference registration 

9.00am               IWEA Autumn Conference 

5.00pm               Conference close


The Sponsors

Main Sponsor 

Siemens Gamesa logo



Primary Sponsor



Supporting Sponsor 

Brookfield Logo Blue


Dinner Sponsor 

Mason Hayes Curran logo


Golf Sponsor 

Suir Engineering RGB



All speaker slides/presentations are available further down this page under documents - click the link for quick access.


Watch the Conference Video 


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Speaker Presentations


Session 1 - Key Note Session - Delivering 70by30

David Connolly, CEO, IWEA (Slides) (Video)

Paul Blount, Portfolio Director, Coillte (Slides) (Video)

70by30 Panel Session (Video)


Session 2 - Planning for 2030

Brian Keville, Environmental Director, MKO (Slides) (Video)

Pat O'Sullivan, Head of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, Statkraft Ireland (Slides) (Video)

David Halpin, Eamonn Halpin & Co (Slides) (Video)


Session 3 - Route to Market 

Eamonn Confrey, Principal Officer, Electricity Policy Division, DCCAE (Slides) (Video)

Alex Blanckley, CFA, Senior Consultant, Pöyry Management Consulting (Slides) (Video)

Catherine Torvestad, Originator, Axpo Nordic AS (Slides) (Video)

Simon Bryars, Partner, Everoze (Slides) (Video)


Session 4 - The Power Systems of Today and Tomorrow

John Melvin, Director of Energy Markets and Smart Metering, CRU (Slides) (Video)

Michael Mahon, Director of Grid Development & Interconnection, EIRGRID Group (Slides) (Video)

Rory Mullan, Senior Consultant & Director, MullanGrid Consulting (Slides) (Video)

Dr. Mark Turner, Director, Baringa Partners (Slides) (Video)


Breakout Session - A Supply Chain For Offshore Wind In Ireland

Liam Leahy, Offshore Wind Manager, Programmes & Innovation, Carbon Trust (Slides)

Ray Thompson, Head of Business Development, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (Slides)

Liam Curran, Senior Technologist, Enterprise Ireland (Slides)

Mia Fahey McCarthy, Head of Sustainability, Ireland, SSE plc (Slides)

Event Terms and Conditions

Delegates are required to pay their registration in full prior to attendance at the conference.  In order to confirm your booking, you must complete the booking on line via our website.  Members of IWEA can either pay at the time of booking or request to pay by invoice via the website (please note this is the only method available for booking tickets to IWEA Conferences).  Unfortunately, we cannot accept bookings by email or over the phone.  If requesting to pay by invoice, members must submit a copy of their PO if applicable, this can be uploaded during the on-line registration process.  Delegates who cancel their place on or before the 1st September 2019 will have their fees refunded, less an administrative charge of €50 per delegate.  No Refunds will be made to those cancelling after that date but replacement delegates will be accepted.  Non attendees are still liable for payment for the conference.  All cancellations must be confirmed in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All written cancellations will be acknowledged.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept cancellations by telephone.  To avail of the student rate students must be in Full Time Education and must provide a valid student card.