Member representatives have the opportunity to sit on four EAI committees, and the task forces established to deliver the committees' key policy objectives.

Each full member may nominate a representative and alternate to the Markets, Policy, and Retail Committees. Associate members can nominate observers to both committees. Membership of the Networks Committee is reserved for networks companies that are active on the island-of-Ireland.

Decision-making in each committee is by consensus i.e. each member has a veto on each proposal. Associate members have no voting rights but may contribute to the activities of the committees.

Further information

Please contact the EAI secretariat if you have any queries relating to the EAI committee structure or representation.

Terms of reference, deputy chair information and the minutes of meetings are available within our members area

Committee Chairs

Manager, Corporate Regulation, ESB

John Lawlor is currently responsible for leading regulation and energy policy development within ESB Group having previously managed the area for the generation business. He has also held a number of management positions in the generation business including IT Business Process and Projects manager for the Energy Trading business and Project Director within the company’s Power Generation team.

John previously worked for ESB National Grid (prior to the establishment of EirGrid) from 1993 to 2006. There, he held various management positions related to the de-regulation of the electricity industry in Ireland. He was responsible for the management and development of the connection offer process for connections to the transmission system, Connection Agreements and the Grid Code, as well as for submitting and negotiating the allowed revenue for the TSO with the regulatory authorities and pricing policy and calculation of tariffs for use of the system.

John was formerly Chair of the EAI Markets Committee and has represented EAI in EURELECTRIC's Market Committee for over four years.

He holds a Batchelor’s Degree in Engineering from University College Dublin.

Regulatory Affairs Manager, Bord Gáis Energy

Gerard Harnett has over 19 years’ experience in the electricity and gas industries and has been Regulatory Affairs Manager at Bord Gáis Energy since 2009.

Gerard joined Bord Gáis Energy in 1999. During this period, he has managed several key areas including Power Procurement, Electricity Trading, and Pricing and has also worked in Cogeneration Plant Design.

Ger holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Trinity College, Dublin along with Higher Diplomas in Management and Computer Science, also from Trinity College.

Operations Manager, ESB Networks

Derek graduated in 2000 from Trinity College as an electrical engineer. He has worked for 17 years in ESB Networks across a range of roles. He has post graduate qualifications from IPA, City and Guilds and Dublin City University. As Operations Manager he is responsible for the safe operation of the electricity network in Ireland. He is responsible for the management of ESB Networks Distribution Control Centres and the operational IT systems that are used to monitor the status of the network. He is the ESB Networks representative on the National Emergency Co-Ordination Group. He is also responsible for the Future Networks team who are working on delivering a more sustainable and reliable electricity network.


Head of Commercial & Regulatory Affairs, PowerGen, Bord naMóna

John MacNamara has responsibility to ensure the organisation's full compliance with all applicable statutory obligations & regulatory consents while also identifying pathways and strategies to maximise market revenues from PowerGen's current and future generation portfolio and asset base.

John is company secretary for the EAI where he is also chair of the IED working group, in addition he is a member of the Brussels based Eurelectric 's Wholesale Markets Design Working Group.

John has previously worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a senior scientist as well as in the private environmental sector; he holds a PhD in Combustion Chemistry, a diploma in Finance and an LLB in Irish Law.