The Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Coalition held a major conference at Corick Country House Hotel, Clogher, Co. Tyrone on Wednesday 28th February 2018. The agenda included the Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Landscape, the decarbonisation agenda, and making energy efficiency an infrastructure priority.
Speakers from across the UK & Ireland, including a political panel provided presentations and discussions on the future of energy in Northern Ireland.
The conference programme can be downloaded here, and the presentations delivered by speakers on the day can be downloaded via the links below.
Chaired by Pat Austin, Chair of the Fuel Poverty Coalition and Director of National Energy Action NI; the panel discussed Affordable Warmth, the Clean Growth Strategy and the need for an action plan for a comprehensive buildings energy infrastructure programme.
|All Roads Lead to the Clean Growth Strategy
Peter Smith | Director of Policy and Research | National Energy Action
|Affordable Warmth, Clean Growth — Implications for Northern Ireland
Claire Thornhill | Frontier Economics
This panel was also Chaired by Pat Austin, Chair of the Fuel Poverty Coalition and Director of National Energy Action NI. The speakers provided presentations on the Role of Regulation and Poverty in Northern Ireland.
Kevin Shiels | Director of Retail Markets and Consumer Protection | Utility Regulator
|An overview of the impact of Welfare Reform & The Mitigations Package in NI
Kevin Higgins, Head of Policy and Research, Advice NI
|Elizabeth’s Story – NEA NI Case Study
Angela Gracey-Roger | Project Co-ordinator | NEA Northern Ireland
|This case study highlights the importance of partnership working and through this, the help that NEA NI’s Northern Exposure Project can provide to householders living in Fuel Poverty. It is also significant in showcasing what the Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP) can deliver to assisting householders in fuel poverty and filling in gaps from other Fuel Poverty programmes. Please click the following link to read Elizabeth’s Story.|
|The provision of free, independent, confidential and impartial advice
Sharon Smith, Advice Coordinator, Citizens Advice Mid Ulster
Session Three — The 5 Nations
This session heard from representatives throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland on their respective responses to making energy efficiency an infrastructure priority. The panel was chaired by Nigel Brady, Director, Bryson Energy.
|Fuel Poverty in Scotland
Scott Restrick | Technical and Training Manager | Energy Action Scotland
|Overview of Issues in Wales
Carole Morgan-Jones, Director, NEA Cymru
|Energy Trends in Ireland — Past and Future
Martin Finucane, Principal Officer, Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment
|Views on Energy Efficiency as an Infrastructure Priority
Patrick Thompson, NI Operations Manager, Energy Saving Trust
|Energy Efficiency as an Infrastructure Priority / Affordable Warmth Scheme
Martin McDermott, Head of Fuel Poverty, Department for Communities
Session Four — A Political Panel
The political panel outlined their position with regards to tackling fuel poverty. The panel was Chaired by David Crothers, Advisor to NEA and included:
|≥ Tanya Jones, Deputy Leader, Green Party|
|≥ Councillor Howard Thornton, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)|
|≥ Francie Molloy MP, Sinn Féin|
|≥ Shaun Harkin, People Before Profit|
The Fuel Poverty Coalition Conference Report can be downloaded here.