Thursday 17th November
Everglades Hotel, Derry

This full day conference is jointly hosted by the Chambers of Commerce in Londonderry and Letterkenny, kindly supported by the North West Regional Development Group, and will focus on the opportunities for investment, growth, innovation and job creation and also address the challenges to businesses of rising energy costs.

This event aims to

  • Encourage cross border collaboration in the energy sector to the benefit of the whole North West city region
  • Provide a platform for knowledge transfer and sharing to support economic growth of the North West region
  • Support business growth and innovation in the energy sector
  • Support NW businesses to meet sustainability goals in the move to net zero


9.30am – Registration, networking/ view display stands

10.00am – Welcome on behalf of Londonderry and Letterkenny Chambers, Vice President Selina Horshi and President Kristine Reynolds

Jamie Delargy, MC, introduces the main sponsor TBC

10.05am Main Sponsor Address

10.15am Key note speaker

10.30am – Session 1

The Green Economy: Challenges to meet Carbon Reduction targets and the opportunities for Growth and Investment

Panel discussion with Chair

Key topic – Energy Efficiency

  • Decarbonised Supply chain challenges and opportunities within the green economy for existing businesses – reducing carbon footprint.
  • Significant need for retrofitting and relevant skills & services,
  • Expertise in energy efficiency measures and implementing a circular economy
  • The Essentials of an Enterprise, Social and Corporate Governance Framework
  • Demand for relevant professional services, private investment required to meet renewable energy targets

Panel to include:

  • Dr Patrick Keatley, Ulster University (Chair)
  • Brett Ross, RiverRidge
  • Christy Lynch, Efficient Renewables
  • Alison McFadden, Continu
  • Richard Rogers, Department for the Economy

11.15am Coffee Break

11.30am – Session 2

The Rising Cost of Energy: Protecting your Business

Key topic: Managing Energy Costs – alternatives

Case studies:

1. Sam Alexander, Powerhouse Generation – Power purchase agreements, direct supply, futureproofing and advice on how to interact with suppliers

2. Ann Marie & Eddie McGoldrick,  – Microgrids – Local community generation and storage at Project Griona

12.30pm Lunch break, networking/ visit exhibition stands

1.30pm – Session 3

Renewables: The road to Carbon Neutrality

Panel discussion with Chair

Key topics:

  • Utilisation of the north-west’s onshore wind resources and offshore wind potential
  • Grid Modernisation and grid connections
  • Emerging sectors such as green hydrogen.
  • energy from waste/circular economy (Biomethane, Biogas, methanol etc )

Panel to include:

  • Jamie Delargy, Chair
  • Jim Parkinson, Sinbad Marine Services
  • Tom Doyle, Dublin Offshore
  • Patrick Lynch, BioLedger
  • Bob Barbour, Smar Grid Ireland


2.30pm – Session 4

Decarbonising our buildings and how we Transport

Case studies:

1. Ian Campbell, Translink- Road to Zero – zero emission public transport of the North West and her roll out of electric and hydrogen technology

2. Robert Clements, NIHE – Technology solutions for social housing

3.30pm –  Tea break and networking /visit display booths

4.00pm Event close


Everglades Hotel, BT47 2NH

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