renewable energy & DIVERSIFICATION event for farmers and landowners

23-24 October 2019 The Hub at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny

Energetic Speaker Line-Up for Energy Now Expo Ireland

8 October 2018

WITH a stellar line-up of speakers all committed to taking part in the forthcoming Energy Now Expo Ireland, held in association with the Irish Farmers’ Association and Teagasc, the two-day event is shaping up to be this year’s foremost expo for farmers and landowners who are interested in the merits of sustainable technologies. 

On the 24th and 25th October 2018, the second Energy Now Expo Ireland is returning to Kilkenny and the conference programme has just been unveiled, featuring many influential names.  Free-to-attend, speakers will be discussing the latest developments in renewable technologies and their thoughts on the forthcoming changes to legislation.

“Our vision was to create a conference that featured all of the leading lights in renewables that visitors to the show could learn from,” adds David Jacobmeyer, Event Director of Energy Now Expo Ireland.

David continues: “We’ve created that and more with a varied and exciting mix of speakers from Ireland, the UK and Brussels, that will leave our delegates more informed, inspired and most importantly, with the knowledge required to inform decisions regarding renewable technology in the months and years ahead.”

Day One:  Panel discussions will feature central figures such as Tom Short, IFA Renewables Chairman; Ray Langton from SEAI who will be giving an overview of the new support scheme for renewable heat and Des O’Toole, President of the Irish Bioenergy Association.

Throughout both days, focused sessions will investigate the key areas for visitors including Biomass, Wind, Hydropower, Biogas and Solar.  

Highlights on day one include Michael McEniry, Director of NRGE – the company that’s on the cusp of launching Ireland's first biomethane to grid plant - and visitors will also hear from Nick Finding – the first farmer in the UK to create a biomethane plant that’s been in operation for six years.


Farm biomass production, including fuel options, will be the focus of Barry Caslin from Teagasc and Barry will be joined by James Murphy, Kilkenny County Chairman, IFA and Ger Devlin, Commercial Director at WoodCo. 


Delivering the view from Europe, Dirk Hendricks, a senior policy advisor with the European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF) will feature in the hydropower seminar alongside Thomas Cosby, who will speak on his experiences of living with hydropower.


Chairing the lunchtime session on Wind energy on day one, Dr David Connolly, CEO of the Irish Wind Energy Association, comments: “The Energy Now Expo is where farmers and landowners can hear about exciting new opportunities in renewable energy.


“Ireland must move towards a low carbon energy system and wind energy is making that possible. Our target to deliver 40 per cent of electricity through renewables by 2020 is achievable and there is enormous potential for future growth as more ambitious targets are set.


“Farmers and landowners must be at the heart of the country’s energy transition, using renewable energy to cut their costs, to identify new sources of income and to support rural communities.  The seminar session at Energy Now Expo Ireland will give visitors the information they need to move forward with solutions.”


Day Two: Thomas Hubert from the Irish Farmers’ Journal is chairing the initial opening session which will outline to visitors ‘why they should consider renewables’. 


Taking part in this opening discussion is Fergus Moore from the Forest Sector Development Division who adds: “The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) look forward to participating in this year’s Energy Now Expo Ireland 2018. I will be focusing on outlining the extent of the national forest resource and will provide details of the potential forecasted timber supply from an estimated 4 to 8 million m3 by 2035.


“Processors and users of wood biomass need to be aware of the forecasted timber supply, constraints along with the challenges on timber mobilisation and solutions. I will also outline forecast tools available from DAFM which will assist local suppliers in determining the forest resource in their local area.”   


Other panel discussions include the Energy Efficiency and Storage session, chaired by Paddy Phelan from the 3 Counties Energy Agency and featuring an in-demand session from Emer Burton, a programme manager with the SEAI, who will demonstrate how home and landowners can make their property more energy efficient and avail of SEAI grants.


Closing the two-day conference is the Solar session featuring Patrick Kent, President of the Irish Cattle and Sheep farmers Association. Patrick will be joined on stage by speakers who will discuss the ‘applications and benefits for Solar PV in an agricultural environment’ and there will also be an update from SEAI on the domestic solar PV grant.

With a line up of almost 50 industry experts, Energy Now Expo Ireland is offering visitors a one-off opportunity to hear from so many leading lights over the course of two-days, and for free! The full conference programme is now available to view on

In addition to the Irish Farmers’ Association and Teagasc, other industry partners include ICSA (Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Association), ITGA (Irish Timber Growers’ Association), RGFI (Renewable Gas Forum of Ireland) and 3CEA – the independent energy agency working primarily in Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford.

Providing practical guidance to farmers and landowners, Energy Now Expo Ireland is taking place on 24th & 25th October 2018 at The Hub at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny. Admission is free for visitors. To register, please visit or call +44 (0) 1293 854 405 for more information.

In association with

Irish Farmers Association



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