IrBEA National BioEnergy Conference Record Attendance

The 2015 IrBEA National BioEnergy Conference was held in Dublin on Wednesday 4th February with a participation record of 200 members.

Participants attending had interests from across the bioenergy spectrum on the island of Ireland, Britain, continental Europe and as far away as Western Australia. There was a strong focus on a renewable heat incentive (RHI), already flagged in the draft bioenergy plan, including key considerations on biomass supply, qualifying criteria and experiences and lessons from UK and Northern Ireland. Biogas sector development was also a prominent theme, including farm level needs and opportunities. The presentations provide useful reference material and are available below.

Mark Foley, MD Coillte Enterprise, Fred Tottenham IrBEA President, Alex White, Minister for Energy

Session 1

Jacqueline Balian – The UK RHI experience 3 years on

Mark Foley – MD Coillte Enterprise – An RHI for Ireland: What can we expect?

Session 2

Ivan Codd – Renewable Planning Manager, ESB – Renewables, REFIT and Grid Connection

Cormac O’Carroll, Pöyry Management Consulting – Biomass markets, drivers and impact of RHI on supply/demand

John O’Connor, Director Corporate Finance, Price Waterhouse Coopers – Financing RHI and other sector investments

Session 3

Tim O’Leary, Deputy President of Irish Farmers Association – The Bioenergy Plan and what needs to be done

Gustav Rogstrand, Swedish Inst. of Agri. & Environmental Engineering – Swedish Biogas Experience and possible lessons for Ireland

Chris Zammit, WIS-Group – Installation of small scale farm AD and view Movie with presentation

Duncan Stewart (Ecoeye), Errol Close (DCENR), Jacqueline Balian (OFGEM UK)

Photo 1: Ciaran McGrath (Smart ECO hub), John Martin (BENI), Chris Zammit (WIS Group)

Photo 2: Padraic Ó hUiginn (TCBB), Padraic O’Neill(Envirovalue), Daire Friel (Imperative Energy),

Bart Bonsall (TCBB), Laura Gil Carrera (BGN), Fred Tottenham (IRBEA), Ian Kilgallon (BGN),

Daniel Hayes (Celignis), Joe O’Carroll (Imperative Energy), Thomas Galvin (Celignis), Jack O’Connor BHSL