Conference Programme

Tuesday 29 August 202314:00 – 18:00Arrival and Registration
19:00Informal Social Event – Lennan’s Yard, Dawson St, Dublin 2
Wednesday 30 August 20239:00 – 9:10Conference Opening Ceremony – CQ-006
9:30 – 11:00Opening Keynote Address and Plenary Session – CQ-006
Marguerite Sayers, Deputy CEO, ESB
Noel Cunniffe, CEO, Wind Energy Ireland
11:30 – 13:00Technical Sessions 1
13:00 – 14:00Lunch – Rathdown House
14:00 – 15:30Technical Sessions 2
16:00 – 17:30Technical Sessions 3
8:30 – 16:00Registration Desk Open
18:30Civic Reception – National Gallery of Ireland, Clare St, Dublin 2
Thursday 31 August 20238:30 – 9:30Keynote Address – CQ-006
Mark McGranaghan, EPRI Europe
9:30 -11:00Technical Sessions 4
11:30 – 13:00Technical Sessions 5
13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 18:00Technical and Social Visits
19:30Conference Dinner – Thomas Prior Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Friday 1 September 20239:30 – 11:30Technical Sessions 6
11:30 – 13:00Technical Sessions 7
13:00 – 13:30Prizegiving and Conference Close

Opening Keynote Address – Marguerite Sayers

Marguerite Sayers was appointed ESB Deputy Chief Executive in July, 2022. Immediately prior to this, she held the role of Executive Director, Customer Solutions since 2018.  She has worked in various technical and managerial positions in ESB for over 30 years, including Generation Manager, Head of Asset Management for ESB Networks and Managing Director of ESB Networks DAC.  She has a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from University College Cork, is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow and Past President of Engineers Ireland, a Fellow of the Academy of Engineers, a member of the Board of Energy UK and a Governor of the Irish Times Trust.

Keynote Address – Noel Cunniffe – Delivering Energy Independence for Ireland

Noel Cunniffe is the CEO of Wind Energy Ireland which is Ireland’s largest renewable energy association and works with a wide range of stakeholders to build understanding and awareness of the benefits of wind and renewable energy. Prior to becoming CEO, Noel led Wind Energy Ireland’s Policy department in driving policy development across all aspects of the onshore and offshore renewable industry in Ireland.
Previously, Noel was the Renewable Integration Lead in EirGrid, the Transmission System Operator of Ireland, and worked across several departments including electricity grid planning and operation, and the design of the electricity market of Ireland. He is a Chartered Engineer with Engineer’s Ireland

Keynote Address – Mark McGranaghan

Mark McGranaghan is a Fellow at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He provides technical and strategic input and guidance across the organisation and for the electric utility industry around the world, working from the EPRI Europe office in Dublin. He has authored over 70 technical papers and articles and is a co-author of the book, Electrical Power Systems Quality, now in its third edition. Mark coordinates with research sectors at EPRI as well as the Technology Innovation Function. Mark has been with EPRI since 2003 and has led EPRI research in the smart grid area and coordinated closely with government smart grid demonstrations and other efforts around the world.