DATE: Tuesday 7 June 2022 TIME: 10.30am-12.00pm
RenewableNI and A&L Goodbody’s free renewable electricity webinar series, held a seminar with a focus on Grid.
For the first time, attendees had the option to attend in-person, as well as watching via MS Teams.
The session began with an introduction from Head of RenewableNI, Steven Agnew, touching on developements from the NI Energy Strategy.
Stephen Abram Senior Associate, EU & Competition, A&L Goodbody provided an overview of grid development.
Guest speaker Michael McClure, Future Networks Engineer, at SONI Ltd, provided an update on Shaping Our Electricity Future.
Members of the audience, both in person and online, had the chance to ask questions from all speakers at the end of the session.
This was followed by refreshments in A&L Goodbody’s office.
Senior Associate, EU & Competition, A&L Goodbody
Stephen Abram is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department in Belfast and he specialises in Competition & Regulatory law. Stephen has a wide range of experience in advising regulated companies and regulatory authorities on the application of legislation relevant to the sectors in which they operate. Before joining the firm, he was a legal adviser at the Utility Regulator and previously trained and practiced with firms in London.
Stephen’s primary areas of practice are competition, procurement, judicial review, regulatory, merger control and State aid law. Whilst Stephen has developed extensive experience in advising clients in the utility sector, he also advises clients involved with software development, the production of medical products and those acting within the financial sector.
Future Networks Engineer
Michael McClure is a senior lead engineer from SONI’s Future Networks team. He has extensive experience in the development of the Northern Irish transmission network and has recently lead SONI’s work on both Shaping Our Electricity Future and Tomorrow’s Energy Scenarios Northern Ireland, which seek to identify and resolve challenges arising on the transmission network in Northern Ireland resulting from the transition to net zero emissions. Michael has a M.Eng. from QUB and a M.Sc. from Manchester University.