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Wednesday 25 September | 12.00pm-3.00pm

RenewableNI is highlighting the exciting potential of the offshore wind industry in powering the clean revolution, as it brings together both the major players across project development and the supply chain with key political and policy decision-makers.

As RenewableNI’s The Clean Revolution report showed, offshore wind offers major benefits for Northern Ireland, with the potential to power 1.6 million homes, create over 1,500 highly-skilled green jobs and open up global export opportunities. As we transition to net zero, increasing offshore deployment will be essential to meet the 80% RES-E by 2030 target set by the Northern Ireland Climate Change Act.

Northern Ireland is ideally suited to offshore wind development. With some of the most favourable wind conditions in Europe, the UK’s largest single port estate and indigenous businesses which boast a strong culture of innovation, collaboration and excellent engineering capability, the region is the perfect cluster for scaling up a thriving offshore wind industry.

This event is an opportunity for the key offshore wind industry actors and elected representatives and policy-makers to explore how to maximise the significant economic and environmental benefits offered, and how we can collaborate to the unlock major investment needed to support the development of a domestic supply chain and fully exploit our homegrown wind resource to power the clean revolution.

The Clean Revolution agenda

  • 12.00pm Opens for networking and meeting industry
  • 12.45pm Buffet opens
  • 1.00pm Welcome from Danny Donnelly MLA
  • 1.10pm Guest speakers, including Will Apps, Offshore Wind Strategy Director, The Crown Estate
  • 1.30pm Networking
  • 2.15pm Offshore Industry panel discussion, featuring North Channel Wind, ESB, Simply Blue Group and SSE.
  • 3.00pm Close.

Offshore speakers

Will Apps
Offshore Wind Strategy Director, The Crown Estate

Will is responsible for the offshore wind strategy of The Crown Estate, the business that is responsible for the seabed rights of England, Wales & Northern Ireland, alongside supporting nature and the rich biodiversity of our seas and helping to rejuvenate local economies and communities.

With 20 years experience in the sector, Will has directly contributed to the strategic evolution of the UK market, working alongside governments, stakeholders and the industry. Will oversees The Crown Estate’s enabling and derisking activities focussed on securing the sustainable and coordinated growth of the pipeline and the industry. Will is a Chartered Civil Engineer.

Gordon Parkes Green Skills Presentation
gordon parkes speaker at green skills

will apps sitting at desk
Niamh Kenny, Chair of REnewableNI offshore wind wg standing with Belfast docks in the blurred background
Niamh Kenny, Chair of RenewableNI Offshore working group
Project Director, North Channel Wind

Niamh Kenny is a leading expert in the renewable energy field. She established consultancy firm Exodea Consulting in 2004 during which time she grew the research and innovation part of the business and began her work with renewable energy organisations and companies. She joined Irish renewable energy developer DP Energy in 2012, while there she gained experience in all elements of project development including greenfield development, project acquisition, joint ventures, conflict resolution, contract negotiations, leading financial close and asset operation in Ireland and abroad.

Niamh led the team which built a portfolio of 3GW of offshore wind in the Republic of Ireland, which is now being jointly developed by DP and Iberdrola. Niamh is currently Project Director with North Channel Wind, which has the potential for circa 400-500MW of floating offshore wind in Northern Ireland. The project is being developed in conjunction with SBM Offshore.

Steven Agnew,

Steven Agnew leads the RenewableNI team. He is responsible for public affairs and engagement and lobbies on behalf of RenewableNI members to achieve our strategic goals.

A former Green Party MLA, Steven sits of the board of Energy Cloud.

More speakers coming soon.

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