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DATE: Tuesday 6 December 2022    TIME: 10.30am-1.00pm

Join RenewableNI for the latest in the renewable electricity seminar series, as we focus on Planning.

Sponsored by A&L Goodbody, the seminars cover a renewable electricity theme that is especially relevant after the publication of the  NI Energy Strategy and the 2022 Energy Strategy Action Plan.

On Tuesday 6 December, guests heard from:

  • Alistair Beggs, Director of Strategic Planning, Department for Infrastructure,
  • Kevin Hegarty, Director of Green Growth and Climate Action, DAERA and
  • legal update from A&L Goodbody’s Micaela Diver
  • Killian Halpin, Project Manager, ERG.

Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions after all the presentations.

For more information on the renewable electricity seminar series, sponsored by A&L Goodbody, please visit RenewableNI seminar webpage where you can watch recordings of previous sessions.

For more information, please contact Judith Rance, RenewableNI Communications and Events Manager.


head and shoulder of Micaela Diver

Micaela Diver is a partner in A&L Goodbody’s Litigation department in Belfast. Micaela specialises in Public & Regulatory law and is experienced in complex, high profile cases in the Northern Irish Commercial Court.

Micaela advises clients in both the public and private sector on contentious and non-contentious public procurement law matters, including large scale outsourcing and infrastructure projects. She also advises clients on competition law matters including compliance, merger control and private damages actions.

Micaela acts for clients in judicial reviews, statutory appeals, investigations (bribery and anti-corruption) and other inquiries across a variety of sectors including energy, utilities, health, transport, construction and the public sector.

Alistair Beggs was appointed Director of Strategic Planning in February 2018, and his Directorate is responsible for processing planning applications deemed to be of regional significance or those which may be ‘called in’ from the local councils. In addition, the Directorate carries out a plan scrutiny role as part of the two-tier planning system and oversees the regeneration of both Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast and the former barracks at St Lucia, Omagh.

A graduate of Dundee University, Alistair is a Chartered Town Planner with 30 years’ experience working in a wide range of planning posts, including 13 years with the Planning Appeals and Water Appeals Commissions. Prior to that he worked with Dundee City Council, Angus Council and Fife Council.

Alistair is on the RTPI Northern Ireland Executive Committee and is a director of Belfast Healthy Cities, an independent partnership organisation with a specific remit to deliver the priority themes of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network within the local context.

Head and shoulder of Alistair Beggs
Kevin Hegarty talking into microphone

He took up the post in January 2021, after holding the role of The Strategic Investment Board’s Head of Energy Management Unit.

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