2017 Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum


JW Marriott Marquis
  Miami, Florida
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CREF 2017: NEW! – Project Awards Announced

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Overview

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

  • 50+ speakers confirmed for CREF 2017!

    Over 50 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, and Dr. Vince Henderson, Dominica’s Ambassador to the United States.

  • 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.

  • CREF 2017: NEW! – Project Awards Announced

    As the development of renewables across the Caribbean accelerates, the organizers of CREF are pleased to announce a collaboration with Rocky Mountain Institute/Carbon War Room to recognize excellence in project execution. Supported by an industry-leading Advisory Committee, awards will be made across the following categories: Best Utility Scale Wind, Best Utility Scale Solar, Best Storage Project, Best Distributed Generation Project, Best Microgrid, Best Project Financing and Best Energy Efficiency Project.

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JW Marriott Marquis

255 Biscayne Blvd Way
Miami
Florida

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Market News

  • Announcing: CREF Project Awards for 2017

    As project development region-wide ramps up, the organizers of CREF are pleased to announce a collaboration with Rocky Mountain Institute/Carbon War Room to recognize excellence in project execution in the Caribbean. Supported by an industry-leading Advisory Committee, awards will be made across the following categories: Best Utility […]

  • St Eustatius microgrid to be expanded after successful tests

    In March 2016, SMA Sunbelt commissioned a 1.89 MW solar PV and 1 MW/572 kWh Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery energy storage system on the Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius. The objective of the retrofitted renewable energy plant was, and is, to reduce the diesel consumption of existing […]

  • Caribbean and China expand economic cooperation with MOU signing

    The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which will allow both parties to discuss opportunities for cooperation and coordination in CDB’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs). The MOU will allow both institutions to explore co-financing options […]