The future of the Blue Economy in the Caribbean: From promise to projects

In the lead-up to the 2nd Blue Economy Caribbean (BEC 2019), hear from our expert panel as they discuss the prospect of a robust Blue Economy in the region.

Webinar topics include how can we speed up the implementation of projects? From a policy perspective, what is working, what isn’t, and how can we do more? What financing strategies are the most promising Who’s making progress in the region, and how can it be replicated?

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Caribbean Clean Energy: Taking the Regional Pulse

As we warm-up for CREF 2019, New Energy Events hosted a complimentary webinar on Thursday, September 12 on clean energy markets in the Caribbean.

The discussion provided insights such as which islands are transitioning most rapidly to clean and resilient energy systems? What trends are driving deal flow? What were the standout projects of the last 12 months? How deep is the current pipeline and which projects do our panelists have their eyes on?

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The Changing Face of Resilience on Island Grids?

As we prepare for CREF 2019, and for the 2nd Island Resiliency Action Challenge, New Energy Events hosted complimentary webinar on the changing face of resiliency in the Caribbean on July 16, 2019. Listen to the webinar here.

The discussion, which will also featured the Hawaiian perspective on resiliency, covered critical issues such as what has come out of the focus on resiliency post-Irma and Maria? Are grids stronger? What has changed, and where? Is there – should there be – a shift in focus from operational resilience to the economic resilience of grids and the utilities which manage them?

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Geothermal in the Southern Cone: The New Frontier?

In the build-up to the 2019 Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean, we invite you to join us for a complimentary webinar focused on the future for geothermal in Chile and Argentina.

Despite the existence of a substantial resource in both countries, only one project – Cerro Pabellon in Chile – has made it to market. Both governments, however, are placing a new emphasis on geothermal in their resource planning.

How is that emphasis reflected in policy?
What are the terms of engagement for private sector investors?
How active are the DFIs and what programs are available to support the public and private sector in both markets?
Is there a future for direct use geothermal?

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— Laura Berman, Senior Energy Specialist, The World Bank
— Jerónimo Carcelén – President, Geothermal Council of Chile (Moderator)
— Christiaan Gischler Blanco, Inter-American Development Bank, Senior Energy Specialist
— Gabriel Prudencio Flaño, Ministry of Energy – Chile, Head of Sustainable Energies Division
— Francisco José Martiínez-Conde Del Campo, Ministry of Energy, Chile, Head of Regulatory Support Unit, Sustainable Energies Division
— Gastón Siroit, Secretariat of Energy – Argentina, Director of Resources and Technology

Which Geothermal Markets will Break Through in 2019?

In this webinar, we explore, on a world stage, which geothermal markets are poised to break through in 2019. What can we expect from countries that have led the pack in recent years e.g. Indonesia and Turkey? Mexico was talk of the town in 2018; what are prospects for geothermal under AMLO? Will Ethiopia join Kenya at the forefront of geothermal development in Africa this year? What of Latin America where governmental support in, among others, Chile, Argentina and Colombia is cause for optimism among industry-watchers? Will direct uses of geothermal, e.g. district heating, help geothermal turn the corner?

Webinar panelists:
– Thrainn Fridriksson, Senior Energy Specialist, The World Bank
– Christiaan Gischler, Lead Energy Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank
– Michelle Ramirez, Senior Consultant, CMS Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow
– Alexander Richter, Founder & Principal, ThinkGeoEnergy | President, IGA (Moderator)

Watch the Webinar: One year on – is the Caribbean energy sector more resilient?

To set the stage for the 10th Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF 2018) on November 7-9 in Miami, New Energy Events gathered experts from the region to assess the realities of creating a resilient energy sector in the Caribbean.

The webinar “One year on: Is the Caribbean energy sector more resilient?” was held on October 4, 2018.

To watch this complimentary webinar now click here

Webinar topics include:
–12 months on, have we seen meaningful action to harden infrastructure and make regional grids more resilient?
–Where, and with what lessons learned?
–How has utility thinking on resiliency evolved?
–Is the financing landscape shifting as new sources of climate funding flow into the region?
–How is the emphasis on resiliency impacting project costs and bankability?

Webinar panelists:
–Gillian Charles-Gollop, Executive Director, Corporate Finance & Advisory, CIBC FirstCaribbean
–Bruce Levy, CEO, BMR Energy
–Neha Mukhi, Senior Climate Change Specialist, World Bank
–Murray Skeete, Vice President of Engineering and Regulation, WRB Energy
–Matthew Perks, CEO, New Energy Events (Moderator) 

To watch this complimentary webinar now click here.

Watch the Webinar: A new era of investment in LAC geothermal?

To set the stage for the 5th Geothermal Congress for Latin America & the Caribbean (GEOLAC) on JULY 17-18 in Mexico City, New Energy Events and ThinkGeoEnergy are exploring the big trends in the regional and global geothermal markets and what those trends mean for the development of projects across the region. 

The webinar “A new era of investment in LAC geothermal?” was held on June 12, 2018. To watch this complimentary webinar now click here.

Webinar topics include:

– How have the conditions for the development of geothermal changed, globally and regionally, in the past 12 months?
– How successfully is geothermal making its case vs. other forms of renewables? For example, solar and storage?
– Is geothermal “resilient” vs. other forms of generation?
– Which markets in Latin America and the Caribbean are making tangible strides towards new projects?
– How do the multilaterals view the market and what new programs coming online? 

Webinar panelists:

– Thrainn Fridriksson, Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)

– Constant Maton, Director, Geothermal Energy, Storengy
– Michelle Alejandra Ramírez Bueno, Director of Geothermal, Ministry of Energy (SENER)
– Alexander Richter, President, International Geothermal Association I Founder, ThinkGeoEnergy (Moderator)
– Gonzalo Torres Macchiavello, Country Head, Chile & Peru, Energy Development Corporation (EDC)

To watch this complimentary webinar now click here.

Watch the Webinar: Puerto Rico – Rebuilding the Grid

Co-hosted by New Energy Events LLC and the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association (PRMA), this webinar recording on the rebuilding of Puerto Rico’s grid was held on April 4, 2018.

Our panelists:

Eric Ackerman
Director of Alternative Regulation
Edison Electric Institute 

Carlos J. Fernández-Lugo (Moderator)
McConnell Valdés LLC
Chair of Environmental, Energy and Land Use Practice Group

Pedro J. Nieves-Miranda
Vidal, Nieves & Bauzá LLC
Managing Member

Marc G. Roumain Prieto
Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association (PRMA)
Chair, Energy Committee

Tomás J. Torres Placa
Institute of Competitiveness and Economic Sustainability (ICSE-PR)
Executive Director

The webinar set the stage for the Puerto Rico Grid Revitalization & Investment Forum (PR-GRID, May 8-9, San Juan) by framing some of the most critical issues facing Puerto Rico today:

— The grid: where are we today and what are the big short-term needs?
— How successfully are federal agencies mobilizing support for recovery and revitalization?
— Is sufficient emphasis being placed on a robust regulatory environment?
— Update on PREPA and privatization plans
— Are the various state and federal agencies beginning to align?
— Do we see a centralized or decentralized grid in Puerto Rico’s future?

For more information on the Puerto Rico Grid Revitalization & Investment Forum (PR-GRID) in May, please visit our event page

Watch the Webinar: A New Era of Investment in Caribbean Infrastructure

To set the stage for the 2nd Caribbean Infrastructure Forum (CARIF) held on December 11-12 in Montego Bay, New Energy Events and IJGlobal are exploring the investment climate in infrastructure across the Caribbean. 

This complimentary webinar was held on Thursday, November 16. 

Webinar topics included:

– Investor & financier perspectives on opportunities for Caribbean infrastructure: which markets and which sectors are showing most promise?

– How has the devastation of Irma and Maria changed the market for infrastructure investment and development? Is this a long-term trend?

– How is the risk profile of the region changing and how is that impacting financing costs and investor appetite?