A strong Jamaican presence at CREF 2015 will be led by Minister Phillip Paulwell, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining. Joining Minister Paulwell will be Fitzroy Vidal, Director of Energy for the Government of Jamaica, Kelly Tomblin, CEO of JPSCo, and Earl Barrett, General Manager of Wigton Windfarm. Bruce Levy of BMR and Robert Blenker of WRB, the two other winning bidders on the recent Jamaican RFP for the purchase of renewable energy, are also confirmed for this year's event.
Mark your calendars. CREF 2015 will take place from October 19th-21st at the Barceló Bávaro Convention Center in Punta Cana. Registration is now open and a 10% early bird discount will apply to all registrations received before July 17th.
CREF 2014 was a sell-out event with more than 450 delegates attending from over 40 countries. Governments and utilities from 21 Caribbean countries were represented. The high turnout speaks to CREF's track-record as the leading meeting-place for the regional energy market, and also to the extent of the opportunity to develop renewables across the Caribbean. Where once the focus was on the enabling environment, now attention is sharply focused on commercialization and implementation. If ever there was a time to engage in the Caribbean renewables market, it is now.