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Tuesday 5 December | 10.30am-1.00pm

Join RenewableNI for the latest in the renewable energy seminar series, sponsored by A&L Goodbody, to discuss developing a renewable energy support scheme for Northern Ireland.

This event also marked the launch of RenewableNI’s latest report, Supporting Renewables – Understanding policy impact on the cost to the consumers of renewable development in Northern Ireland, produced with Cornwall Insight.

You can read the Supporting Renewables report online.

Attendees heard from speakers including:

  • Zoe Crowe, Head of Renewable Electricity, Department for the Economy
  • Mark Stockdale, Partner, A&L Goodbody
  • Lisa Foley, Principal Consultant and Ratnottama Sengupta, Senior Consultant, Cornwall Insight.

An engaging Q&A session took place after the presentations followed by festive networking.


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Zoe Crowe, Head of Renewable Electricity, Department for the Economy

Zoe Crowe is Head of Renewable Electricity for the Department for the Economy (DfE) in Northern Ireland. Securing sufficient renewable electricity generation is essential to deliver on net zero targets and ensure self-sufficiency and affordable electricity for Northern Ireland.

The NI Executive’s Energy Strategy outlines the pathway to deliver net zero for Northern Ireland, Zoe and her team are responsible for developing the policy frameworks to facilitate the increase in renewable electricity necessary to meet anticipated demand and to maximise the potential for economic growth.

Zoe has over 20 years experience in public service, including roles in policy development, operational delivery, learning and development, change management and communications. She is CIPD qualified and holds a PgCert in Public Administration. Zoe has been working in Renewable Electricity since 2019.

Mark Stockdale, Partner, A&L Goodbody

Mark Stockdale is a partner in A&L Goodbody’s Belfast where he heads up the Renewable Energy team.  Mark has extensive experience advising sponsors, lenders and investors on the acquisition, project financing and construction of large-scale renewable energy projects in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Mark is also one of the leading experts on energy regulation in Northern Ireland.

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Lisa Foley, Principal Consultant, Cornwall Insight

Lisa is Principal Consultant at Cornwall Insight with over 12 years’ experience in the energy market. Prior to joining she worked as Head of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs at GridBeyond managing their market participation in Ireland and the UK and seeking new opportunities in international markets. She also worked in EirGrid in a variety of different roles covering connection power system analysis, DS3 & System Services, Grid Code & Network Code management, renewable & DSM testing and as a relief engineer in the National Control Centre.

Lisa holds a BSc (hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and a MSc in Energy Management both from Dublin Technological University.

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Ratnottama Sengupta, Senior Consultant, Conwall Insight

Ratnottama is a Senior Consultant with Cornwall Insight Ireland’s consulting team. Her key areas of expertise include policy and regulatory interventions and analysis, renewable energy investments, market entry strategy and building business models. Some of the significant work she has done are on projects related to Irish market entry, renewable electricity support schemes, understanding the implications of EU’s Clean Energy Package, Grid Integration of Renewable Energy, creating a framework for Ancillary Services and related markets, building framework for larger balancing areas, building policy frameworks leading to higher deployment of Renewable Energy, specifically solar, building business models for green field on-shore wind projects and market entry strategy for Waste-to-Energy plants.

Ratnottama joined Cornwall Insight in August 2020. She is an Economist by training and has previous experience with Goldman Sachs, AF Mercados and KPMG.

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