2017 Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum

JW Marriott Marquis
  Miami, Florida
New Energy News

CREF 2017: NEW! – Project Awards Announced

Watch the Webinar

Energy Storage in the Caribbean: Developments, Hurdles, Opportunities


CREF 2017, the largest annual gathering of the Caribbean energy market, will take place at the JW Marriott Marquis, Miami, from October 18th-20th.

500 attendees from 50 countries attended CREF 2016. Over 20 Caribbean countries were represented either by their government or by their utility, or in many instances, by both.

This is an exciting time to be in the market. The Caribbean is transitioning away from a decade-long discussion around how to enable a resilient energy matrix, to one focused squarely on how to procure, finance and build world-class clean energy projects in the Caribbean. An array of projects are coming online as we speak and the pipeline is deep.

Reflecting the new era, CREF 2017 is shifting gears. This year's event will feature a full day of interactive project showcases, awards for project excellence, a day-long workshop on renewable integration, and a focus on critical themes such as new sources of financing, the implementation of storage, driving down project soft costs, and much more besides.

From utility scale to distributed generation, storage to smart grids, financing to procurement, energy efficiency to the emerging role of natural gas in the Caribbean, CREF is where the market meets and the discussion evolves.

Event Highlights

  • 70 speakers confirmed for CREF 2017!

    Over 70 speakers are now confirmed for CREF 2017, the largest gathering of the Caribbean energy market. Recent additions to the agenda include Jose Maria Figueres, former President of Costa Rica, Pamela Hill, CEO of Bahamas Power & Light, Dr. Vince Henderson, Dominica’s Ambassador to the United States, and Peter Allen, CEO of Belize's Ministry of Energy.

  • CREF Project Awards: Advisory Committee Announced

    The organizers of CREF are pleased to announce that Dr. Cletus Bertin, CEO of CARILEC, Doug Hewson, Managing Partner at Portland Private Equity, Nils Janson, Executive Vice President of Castalia, Adam Carter, Managing Director at CIBC FirstCaribbean, Chris Burgess, Director of Projects at CWR/RMI, and Devon Gardner, Head of CARICOM's Energy Program, will form the committee tasked with selecting the year’s best projects.

  • Munich Re to host “How to Protect Your Renewable Assets in a Complex Financial World?” workshop at CREF 2017

    In an era of falling PPAs and tight margins, Munich Re will host an invitation-only workshop at CREF 2017 for project developers and financiers designed to explore how insurance products can serve to protect renewable assets and decrease costs associated with the financing and execution of projects across the Caribbean. The workshop is a complimentary offering for all qualified developers, investors and financiers attending CREF 2017.




JW Marriott Marquis

255 Biscayne Blvd Way


Market News

  • Central America and Caribbean to invest $3.3b in smart grid infrastructure

    Facing high electricity losses from theft and challenges incorporating renewable energy onto the grid, Central America and Caribbean region’s utilities will invest $3.3 billion in smart grid infrastructure over the next decade to address these challenges. With the support of international development agencies, several flagship projects are being […]

  • JPS to invest $100m on storage/efficiency projects in 2017

    The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), the island’s sole distributor of electricity, said it will be doubling its expenditure on energy projects by December this year in an attempt to drive down the cost of energy. JPS views the investment as key to driving efficiencies, according to Chairman Seji […]

  • Montserrat geothermal project to soon resume drilling on third well

    Following news on the drilling campaign for the third well of the geothermal project on Montserrat in the Caribbean, things had turned a bit quiet. Local news outlet Montserrat  Reporter now reported earlier this month, that work on this third well is to resume soon. There seem to have been […]