Island Resiliency Action Challenge Overview

As island leaders contend with vital decisions around how to harden and make climate-vulnerable grids more resilient, consensus is often hard to achieve. Breakthrough results come from the alignment and accountability of critical stakeholders.

Against this backdrop, New Energy Events, the organizers of CREF 2018, and Advanced Energy Agency will convene the Island Resiliency Action Challenge at CREF 2018 in the afternoon of November 7.

Gathering island policy-makers, regulators, and utilities, along with international providers of finance and expertise, the intended outcomes of the action-oriented Island Resiliency Action Challenge are three-fold:

  1. Collaboratively triage regional resiliency challenges
  2. Identify the most critical immediate actions we must challenge ourselves to accomplish
  3. Leverage this action challenge into a collaborative, stakeholder engagement platform to assist other island communities and other extremely vulnerable cities, like Miami


I.   Defining the Critical Problem:

Regional and industry leaders will have five slides and eight minutes to pitch a resiliency problem statement for which the entire group should focus on finding immediate, short term solutions.

II.  Defining the Critical Solutions:

Roundtable Discussion Leaders will lead roundtable participants through an exercise to identify a critical short-term solution set and then pitch to the general audience for a vote.

Facilitator: H.G. Chissell, Managing Director, Advanced Energy Agency / Founder and CEO, Advanced Energy Group

Agenda – Wednesday, November 7

2:30 – 2:40 pm          Welcome & Setup

2:40 – 3:20 pm          Opening remarks by Panelists

3:20 – 3:40 pm          General Audience Discussion & Consensus on Critical Problem

3:40 – 3:45 pm           Introduction to Roundtable Action Challenge

3:45 – 4:45 pm           Roundtable Action Challenge

4:45 – 5:15 pm           Roundtable Presentations & Vote

5:15 – 5:25 pm           Closing General Discussion

5:25 – 5:30 pm           Conclusion

The Resiliency Challenge is an optional, additional registration item. It is complimentary for all senior Caribbean government and utility executives who should contact us to receive a code to apply to the online registration for 2018. For all other attendees, the incremental fee to attend the Resiliency Challenge in 2018 is $475. You will be provided with the option to register for the Resiliency Challenge when you register for CREF.