Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum

InterContinental Miami
  Miami, Florida

Jamaica’s Grid to be 12.5% Renewable by 2016

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President of IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno, to give Opening Keynote


CREF 2015, the largest annual gathering of the Caribbean energy market, will take place from October 19th-21st at the InterContinental Miami.

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. Now in its seventh year, CREF’s substantial following translates into an extraordinary event delivering peerless networking opportunities and actionable insights across the regional market.

As the commercial & industrial market takes off, and as new opportunities emerge in jurisdictions from Cuba and Jamaica to Guyana and St. Lucia, join utilities, governments, developers and providers of finance in Miami as we roadmap the origination, financing and development of the Caribbean renewable energy market.

Event Highlights

  • President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, Confirms Opening Keynote at CREF 2015

    Luis Alberto Moreno, the President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has confirmed that he will give the opening keynote at CREF 2015. Mr. Moreno’s participation in CREF serves to underscore the IDB’s long-term commitment to assisting the Caribbean as it transitions towards a cleaner, more cost effective, and sustainable energy matrix and hence reduce the Caribbean’s dependency on liquid fossil fuels.

  • 75+ Speakers Confirmed for CREF 2015

    More than 75 speakers are now confirmed for the CREF 2015 agenda. Recent additions to the agenda include Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank, Dr. Warren Smith, President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Hon. Darcy Boyce, Minister of State for Energy in the Government of Barbados, Amos J. Hochstein, Special Envoy for Energy Affairs in the U.S. Department of State, Frank Hoevertsz, Managing Director of Utilities Aruba, and Doug Hewson, Managing Partner of Portland Private Equity.

  • Private Equity Taking a Closer Look at the Caribbean, Strong Presence on CREF Agenda

    Reflecting an increased emphasis on the financing of Caribbean projects, the organizers of CREF are pleased to announce that Doug Hewson, Managing Partner of Portland Private Equity, Jose Ordonez, Managing Director at U.S. Renewables Group, and Doug Anderson, Partner at Power Capital Partners, are confirmed for a session led by Lynn Tabernacki of OPIC exploring bankability and what can be done to catalyze the flow of new sources of capital to Caribbean projects.




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Market News

  • Jamaica’s Grid to be 12.5% Renewable by 2016

    According to Jamaican Energy Minister and CREF 2015 speaker, Phillip Paulwell, Jamaica is expected to source 12.5% of energy for its grid from renewable sources by the end of 2016. Paulwell continues to push for Jamaica to hit the national target of 30% renewables by 2020. Contributing to the increased share of renewables are 78MW of […]

  • Costa Rica’s Carbon Neutral Path

    Will Costa Rica be the world’s first carbon neutral country? In 2012, Costa Rica declared its intention to reach carbon neutrality. This year, the country has generated 94% of its energy from renewables. Between May to August, the country operated exclusively off of renewable energy for 94 days, beating its own record from earlier this […]

  • Barbados Renewable Projects Financed by CDB

    Barbados renewable projects to receive a boost in funding. Between 2015 and 2018, Barbados will receive $224 million in financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), a sponsor of the 2015 Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum, for sustainable development projects. Outlined in the agreement between the CDB and the government of Barbados are strategic pillars that all […]