RenewableNI, the voice of the renewable electricity industry in Northern Ireland, is announcing the return of its flagship event, the Smart Energy Conference, on Thursday 19 October 2023 at the ICC Belfast.

Themed ‘Powering the Revolution’, the conference will bring together industry leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders to discuss the transition from fossil fuels to a renewable energy future.

The Smart Energy Conference 2023 will feature a vibrant mix of thought-provoking keynote addresses, engaging panel discussions, and networking opportunities.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the latest trends and developments in the renewable energy sector, and to hear from experts on a range of topics, including:

  • Meeting the Requirements of the Climate Act with leader of the Alliance Party, Naomi Long MLA
  • Addressing the twin crises of climate and biodiversity with SSE Renewables, the RSPB, DAERA and Wind Energy Ireland
  • Creating Northern Ireland’s offshore wind industry with North Channel Wind, the Department for the Economy, The Crown Estate, ESB and InvestNI

Speaking ahead of the conference, RenewableNI Director, Steven Agnew said:

“In 2022, 51% of Northern Ireland’s electricity was powered by renewables. This puts us within the top countries in the world. However, our Accelerating Renewables report shows that NI is no longer an attractive place to invest, which means we risk going from leaders to laggards. We need policy change to meet our 80% by 2030 renewables target, but work is in progress. I believe we are on the cusp of the next wave of renewable development.”

Smart Energy is sponsored by Carson McDowell, Northern Ireland’s largest independent law firm with unrivalled experience in the energy and renewables sector. Neasa Quigley, Senior Partner at the firm, will open the Smart Energy Conference, welcoming MLAs, policymakers, developers, and key stakeholders.

The Smart Energy Conference 2023 is a must-attend event for anyone interested in the future of renewable energy in Northern Ireland.

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