Tuesday 21 May 2019

Major forum on the future of energy supply

Energy leaders from Eirgrid and ESB are set to the discuss the future direction of energy supply and demand, and its effect on your home, business and finances at a Future Energy Forum at Dundalk Institute of Technology on Thursday, May 16.

The Forum, which is being held in association with Engineers Ireland's North East region, the will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear engineers Mark Foley, CEO of Eirgrid and Marguerite Sayers, Executive Director, Customer Solutions at ESB discuss their vision for Ireland's energy future. Eamon Ryan, Leader of the Green Party and Denis Duff, Co-founder of Better Environment with Nuclear Energy (BENE) will also present their views on Ireland's future energy needs during presentations and a panel discussion.

Energy innovation in the North-East will also be a core focus of the Forum as employers Combilift and Glen Dimplex will showcase the technologies and solutions being developed and delivered locally to support Ireland's continued transition to a low carbon energy future.

Ireland's economy is dependent on a sustainable energy infrastructure that meets our future needs. Under the EU Renewable Energy Directive, Ireland is committed to source at least 16% of all energy consumed by 2020 from renewable sources. However, according to the SEAI's Renewable Energy in Ireland 2019 report just 10.6% of energy consumed in Ireland in 2017 came from renewables.

Barry Hyland, Engineer and Chair of Engineers Ireland's North East Regional branch said: 'Engineers have a key role to play in Ireland's transition to a sustainable, carbon-free society through the development of renewable energy technology and innovations. At our Future Energy Forum, we will be welcoming local businesses, our member-engineers, other professionals, students and members of the public. We hope this evening Forum, which will run to 8pm, will provide attendees with an opportunity to engage and think about how we generate and consume energy. The informative Forum will present an opportunity for the audience to hear from energy experts, including engineers, local businesses and those with views on energy and sustainability, who will discuss their visions for Ireland's energy future.

Tickets for the Future Energy Forum, taking place from 5:30pm at the Whitaker Building, Dundalk Institute of Technology, are on sale from €5 and with free admission for students. To reserve a place visit:

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