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RenewableNI announce Smart Energy 2022

Posted By: RenewableNI

31st May 2022

RenewableNI is pleased to announce the date of this year’s Smart Energy Conference – Thursday 6 October.

Taking in place in the Clayton Hotel, in the heart of Belfast, the conference will focus on the implementation of the Northern Ireland Energy Strategy.Sponsored by Carson McDowell, the full-day conference includes a networking lunch and ends with a drinks reception in a private bar area.Panel discussions on the agenda are the NI Planning System and Markets, with plenty of time for audience questions.Head of RenewableNI, Steven Agnew said:

“At the Smart Energy 2021 event we discussed what might be in the new Energy Strategy and what we hoped it would include.  A year on and we have seen the publication of the Strategy and the 2022 Action Plan, followed by the Climate Bill.“There is now a commitment to reach 80% renewable electricity by 2030“This is a welcome but very challenging target which will only be met through joined up government and collaboration with industry.“It is therefore imperative that a new Executive is established as soon as possible to begin delivery of the energy transition.“At the Smart Energy Conference, we will highlight the vital role that the planning system will play in enabling a green economic recovery.  Currently it is dysfunctional and under resourced, and is blocking new renewable development.“Wind farms are spending more than twice as long in planning here than in Great Britain.  This is a considerable disincentive to investors who are operating across these islands and globally.“RenewableNI and our members know now is the time to act, to ensure a greener and cheaper electricity system for everyone in Northern Ireland.  We hope to see you at the conference in October to add your voice to the call for action.”