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7th May 2015 – IWFA May Workshop & Conference

Eventbrite - IWFA: May Workshop 2015

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IWFA May Conference – 7th May 2015

Networking Evening – 7pm, 6th May 2015

Heritage Hotel – Portlaoise

Supporting Sponsors:

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CRO-BAR   Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan Law Firm


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Registration Desk Open 8.30 am
Networking Tea/Coffee Exhibition Area 8.30 – 10 am

Session 1: Next Support Scheme for Wind / Revaluation of Wind Farms

Chaired by: Justin Rutherford

  • 9:50-10:00 Welcome Address–Chairman Irish Wind Farmers Association
  • 10:00-10:20 Next Support Scheme for Wind- Brian Carroll, Principal Officer (Head of Division), DCENR

The Department will provide an overview of renewable energy policy including the process underway to develop a new renewable electricity support scheme

  • 10:20 – 10:40 Re-Valuation of Wind Farm Rates – Valuation Office

The Valuation Office will provide an overview on the revaluation of wind farms rates and how the appeal process works

  • 10.40 – 11.00 Q&A
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Coffee & Networking in Exhibitors Area

Session 2:

Chair by: Sheila Layden

  • 11:30 – 12.00 I-SEM Update – Grattan Healy, Ierne Ltd

“Grattan’s talk will pick up on the legal issues presented by Joanne Finn, and examine their relevance, particularly as regards curtailment, to the design of I-SEM, while outlining the SEMC’s latest ‘Markets’ consultation paper”

  • 12.00 – 12:30 Flywheel Energy Storage – Nigel Reams, Schwungrad Energie

Flywheel energy storage consists of an advanced carbon fibre tube, which is floated on magnets inside a vacuum. Electricity from renewable sources like wind turbines is used to spin the tube or flywheel at very high speeds. Because the flywheel is in a near frictionless environment, it continues to spin until such time as the energy is required back in the electricity grid. The new hybrid flywheel energy storage plant is to be built at a site in Rhode, Co Offaly

  • 12:30 – 12:45 Q&A
  • 12:45 – 14:00 Lunch Followed by Networking in Exhibitor Space

Session 3:

Chair by:

  • 14.00-14.30 Increasing Windfarm Revenue through Data Analysis – Ronan O’Meara, Director, EnergyPro

An explanation on how to analyse your SCADA data to help improve turbine performance. Talk will highlight issues on power curves, common ways in which availability may be mis-calculated by your SCADA system, and some suggestions for predictive maintenance analysis

  • 14.30-15.00 Section 5 – The Developer’s Perspective – Alice Whittaker, Philip Lee
  • 15.20-15.40 Securing Financial Close- To be confirmed

Banks step by step guide to preparing your wind farm for financial close

Please contact us at or 056 779 08 56 with any questions or suggestions.

We are looking forward to see you at the event.