New Energy Events is excited to be working with our partners to support the hosting of diverse stakeholder meetings at CREF 2018.

Blue Economy Caribbean | All Day November 6

The Caribbean is rich in coastal assets. Those assets need to be conserved. But they also represent a generational opportunity for economic development. The Blue Economy is more than just a label: it represents a systematic and programmatic approach to coastal assets that emphasizes not only conservation but also cash flows and capital investment. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and New Energy Events are launching a new annual event to catalyze Blue Economy programs and investment across the region. Blue Economy Caribbean aims to build public and private sector consensus, connect stakeholders, identify sources of capital, and begin the process of building a regional marketplace for projects and financing.

Co-Host: Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)

How to attend: More information and registration here. If you are a government or utility and would like to request a complimentary invitation please email us at


Energy & Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Ministerial – Preparatory Meeting | All Day November 7

The First Regional Preparatory Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Ministerial to convene in Jamaica in 2019 will take place on November 7, 2018 as part of CREF 2018. The objective of the meeting is to provide inputs for a hemispheric ministerial agenda addressing “Energy Resilience and Investment Opportunities in the Americas” which is the theme selected for the ECPA Ministerial.

Host: Organization of American States (OAS).

How to attend: Invitation-only.


The Regulatory Roundtable | November 7 – 9:00 am-11:00 am

Last in a series of three, the 2018 Roundtables convene government, regulatory and utility leaders from across the region for critical discussions on the defining regulatory issues impacting the Caribbean electricity sector.


How to attend: Closed session.


Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) & OAS Government Stakeholder Meeting | November 7 – 2:00 pm-5:30 pm

The Inter-American Development Bank will convene senior regional government officials for a meeting to explore the key takeaways from a ground-breaking report, co-funded by the OAS and CARICOM, on long-range investment needs across the Caribbean energy sector.

Host: OAS & Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Invitation-only.

How to attend: To request an invitation please contact


Island Resiliency Action Challenge – Co-Hosted by CDB | November 7 – 2:00 pm-5:30 pm

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 has partnered with Advanced Energy Agency to convene the Island Resiliency Action Challenge. Gathering island policy-makers, regulators, and utilities, along with international providers of finance and expertise, the intended outcomes of the Action Challenge are to triage regional resiliency challenges and identify critical immediate actions. Ultimately the Action Challenge is envisaged as a collaborative, stakeholder engagement platform to assist other island communities and other extremely vulnerable cities. The Challenge is co-hosted by the CDB and supported by S&C and Siemens.

How to attend: More information here. You will have the option to include attendance at the Action Challenge when you register for CREF here.


IRENA Capital Provider/Project Developer Financing Workshop & Match-Making | November 7 – 2:00 pm-5:30 pm

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will host a half day workshop and match-making session for capital providers and project owners & developers on November 7th at CREF 2018. The workshop will catalyze an interaction on the current pipeline of public/private projects in the region, a discussion around public, private, and blended funding opportunities, and ways to improve project concepts for investment readiness. IRENA will also be facilitating introductions between market participants.

How to attend: No fee for CREF delegates. Request an invitation by emailing Arjun Guha at


Canada-Caribbean Breakfast | November 8 – 7:00 am-8:30 am

Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service, the Canadian Commercial Corporation, Rocky Mountain Institute, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency are hosting an invitation-only breakfast event on the margins of the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum on November 8, 2018 in Miami.  This event will bring together key government decision-makers in the region, international financial institutions and commercial lenders, and leading Canadian cleantech companies.  The purpose of the event is to identify the most pressing energy sector needs of governments in the region, explore emerging trends among lenders’ portfolios, and identify how Canada can work with the region to address these top priorities.

How to attend: Invitation-only. To request an invitation please contact Denisa Horak at dhorak@CCC.CA.


CREF “Women in Energy” Breakfast | November 9 – 7:30 am-8:30 am

What does it mean to have women in energy in the Caribbean? How can we build our networks? How do you build the courage needed to make an impact and have a seat at the table? At the breakfast, we’ll hear from women who are driving change and innovation in the energy sector, discuss what it means to be a woman in Caribbean energy, and exchange ideas around ways to increase the presence of women in the Caribbean renewables industry. Following remarks from Caribbean leaders, including the former CEO of JPS, Kelly Tomblin, we’ll host a group discussion around ways to improve the Caribbean energy sector for women.

How to attend: No fee for CREF delegates. Request an invitation here.


Energy Efficiency: The “First Fuel” for the Caribbean | November 9 – 7:45 am-8:30 am

Hosted by NREL’s Clean Energy Solution Center (CESC) and Econoler, the workshop will showcase how CESC can help identify and develop EE initiatives in the Caribbean. Presenters will give examples of technical assistance assignments which have supported energy efficiency initiatives in the Caribbean, and will interact with participants to explore ways in which CESC might further support EE programs and projects across the region.

Hosts: Clean Energy Solutions Center (CESC) & Econoler.

How to attend: No fee for CREF delegates. Request an invitation here.