The Marker Hotel, Dublin

Energy Markets and Security Conference

National Transport Authority, Ireland

The economic rebound after the Covid-19 pandemic triggered a price spike for multiple commodities, including energy. The war in Ukraine has led to further increases in energy prices and security of supply concerns. The surge in energy prices is against the backdrop of the continuing transition to a net zero carbon energy system and a growing economy. Additionally, electricity security has come under the spotlight due to increasing demand from data centres which are forecast to account for nearly one quarter of electricity demand by 2030.
This conference will look at the drivers behind the rise in gas and electricity prices and examine the security of energy supply to the island and security of the electricity grid.

The conference will address the following issues:
  • Gas market outlook
  • Electricity price outlook
  • What is the status of oil storage in Ireland?
  • What are the opportunities to reduce energy demand [quickly]?
  • How do we accelerate renewable energy sources?
  • What role will interconnection play?
  • Is there a future role for indigenous gas?
  • Do we need gas storage and/or an LNG terminal?
  • Will nuclear have a long term role in securing Ireland’s energy supply?



0830 Registration and morning coffee
0900 Chairperson’s welcome and introduction:
Colm O’Neill, Partner
Ministerial Address:
Securing Ireland’s energy future

Ossian Smyth, TD
Minister of State for the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications
Meeting the needs of a transforming electricity market
Jim Dollard, Executive Director, Generation Trading
Energy market turmoil and getting to net zero carbon
Russell Smyth, Partner
Securing Ireland’s electricity supply in turbulent times
John Melvin, Director of Security of Supply and Wholesale
Commission for Regulation of Utilities
A secure and sustainable gas network
David Kelly, Executive Director of Customer and Business Development
Gas Networks Ireland
Questions & answers / Panel discussion
1100 Morning coffee / networking break
1130 Electricity market outlook: a trader’s perspective
Paddy Fitzgerald, Head of Power Trading
Bord Gáis Energy
Mapping Ireland’s energy security and prospects for reducing demand
Jim Scheer, Head of Data and Insights
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
Energy security: focusing on supply side issues first
Muireann Lynch, Senior Research Officer
Economic and Social Research Institute
Securing Ireland’s energy future: accelerating renewable energy development
John Young , Head of Policy & External Relations for Ireland and Northern Ireland
Data centres and their impact on energy demand
Paul Deane, Research Fellow
University College Cork
Questions & answers / Panel discussion
1315 Conference lunch / networking
1400 The outlook for the European gas market
Jean-Baptiste Dubreuil, Senior Natural Gas Analyst
International Energy Agency

Colm McCarthy,

Tom O'Brien, Managing Director
Nephin Energy

Tara Reale, Head of Business Development, Ireland and UK
Lightsource BP

Neil Walker, Head of Infrastructure, Energy and Environment and Transport
1500 Chairperson’s summary and conference close

Sponsorship opportunities

There are a small number of high profile sponsorship packages available. For further information on how your organisation can benefit, contact Owen McQuade on 01 661 3755 or email


The Marker Hotel

The Marker is located on Grand Canal Square in the heart of the vibrant Docklands, a walkable area known for its burgeoning cultural and café scene. The historic centre’s famous Georgian streets, Temple Bar, Grafton St. and Trinity College lie to the west, reached either on foot, by public transport or the hotel’s courtesy car.

Getting to the venue

Pricing & Registration

Delegate rate
+ VAT @ 23% = €301.35

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