“CREF is instrumental in bringing together investors, developers, utilities, bankers, regulators, suppliers, and regulators and policy-makers. The opportunities for informational exchange were outstanding. If you are seriously involved in clean energy in the Caribbean, attending CREF is simply mandatory.” – Dan Potash, Chief of Party, USAID Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP)
CREF was launched in 2009 to gather governments, utilities, multilaterals and investors to explore opportunities to ramp up investment in clean energy across the Caribbean. 250 delegates from 20 countries flew into Montego Bay for the inaugural event. The need – for information, for meetings, for dialog, for transparency in the market – was clear. Since then, CREF – and the market – hasn’t looked back.
Today, CREF has more than doubled in size. 550 delegates from 50 countries participated in CREF 2017. 100 speakers across multiple tracks, case-studies and workshops contributed their expertise and experience. Governments and utilities from over 20 Caribbean jurisdictions attended. Over 50 sponsors, exhibitors and partners joined the roster of CREF supporters in 2017. CREF has become, very simply, the place where the Caribbean energy market meets.
Want to get a sense for who attends? Download a sample delegate list: CREF 2016 Attendee List
Mission-Aligned and Supporting Regional Objectives
New Energy Events provides complimentary meeting space and logistical support for a full day of stakeholder meetings on Day One of CREF. Historically these meetings have been hosted by CARICOM, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Organization of American States (OAS), the U.S. Departments of State and Energy, The World Bank, and the Government of Canada.
This alignment is critical as we map out the next generation of resilient energy infrastructure for the Caribbean.
Online Meeting Platform for CREF Delegates
CREF features a dedicated networking app and platform. A closed community which features all CREF participants, the platform enables CREF attendees to create an individual profile, view all attendees, and request meetings. Attending a conference is an investment of both time and resources; attend CREF and arrive in Miami with the meetings you need to see a return on that investment.
CREF Project Awards
New in 2017, the CREF Awards recognizes excellence in project execution across the region. The awards represent a wide spectrum of size and technologies and are given to some of the most innovative and financially compelling renewable energy projects in the region. Supported by an industry-leading Advisory Committee and in collaboration with Rocky Mountain Institute/Carbon War Room, we announced seven project award winners in 2017.
CREF-Castalia Renewable Island Index & Project Database
All attendees to CREF have access to the annual CREF-Castalia Renewable Island Index & Project Database. The Index measures the readiness of each island nation to develop and implement renewable energy projects. The Marketplace is an extraordinary detailed database of renewable projects – both distributed and utility scale – in various stages of development.
Download the 2017 Index and Marketplace here.
Market Intelligence: At CREF – & Throughout the Year
As a CREF delegate you have access to our twice monthly newsletter featuring news and intelligence on the Caribbean clean energy and energy storage markets. You also have access to the range of complimentary webinars we host throughout the year.