Build Forward: An Ambitious Initiative to Accelerate the Energy Transition in the Caribbean
Breakfast Session: Co-Hosted By Inter-American Development Bank
Pre-Covid, the Caribbean’s pathway toward a low-carbon energy future was beginning to become clear. The events of the past year have put a spotlight on the urgency of sustainable and resilient energy policy and investment. The region is ready to upshift from aspirational thinking to innovative, impactful action, and industry stakeholders are taking note.
CREF will gather regional stakeholders twice over the course of six months to build that new paradigm—creating a competitive market that effectively delivers clean and resilient electric grids. First at CREF Virtual this October, bringing the region together to come to grips on what the new normal for the Caribbean clean energy market looks like. Then, CREF Miami in April, when we’ll meet in person for the first time since 2019 to accelerate the promise of projects to action in the region.
We’ll be exploring the following themes:
Be there for the Caribbean’s premier clean energy event, as we make what happens next.
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Part on-stage discussion, part crowdsourcing exercise, over the course of this session we’ll work together to frame a view of the landscape across the Caribbean. Come prepared to tell us what’s happening on your island nation.
Cayman’s new administration has put clean energy and resilience front and center. The Honourable Premier joins us on stage to describe his vision for the Cayman Islands and the Caribbean, and gives his thoughts on how we can translate ambitious goals into reality.
The hosts of COP26, the UK government, take the stage alongside a former regional minister to assess the prospects for COP26 to have a meaningful impact on the energy transition in the Caribbean.
Government ministers and regional leaders take the stage to debate how to power back up clean energy investment across the region as we look beyond COP26, and the pressing need to accelerate change.
Ultimately: what does the region need to do, and need, to convert energy transition commitments into an on-the-ground surge of investment?
Join us for a live polling session as we gauge the key trends, drivers, challenges and outlook across islands and renewable technologies. A panel of experts will be on stage to discuss the implications.
Assessing the implications for the Puerto Rico grid and exploring investment opportunities.
Can the renewable energy momentum in the Dominican Republic be sustained?
• To what extent has recent momentum been informed by the new administration?
• Girasol, and what's next from EGE Haina?
• What concrete plans are emerging for new grid and generation developments & investments?
What is the vision to transition T&T’s Energy Sector from hydrocarbons to towards a green economy?
The S in ESG is all important for true project success. A sustainable project should therefore create long-term value for stakeholders and corporates alike – in both the short and long-term. Regional leader MPC Energy Solutions will demonstrate through case studies the importance of creating value for stakeholders in the ESG context.
The push for geothermal power production has been long standing within the Caribbean. Developmental barriers have significantly lengthened project timelines, which has led to the question – “Can we really get geothermal done in the Caribbean?”. How do we meaningfully address these (technical, operational, financial and policy) barriers? Should efforts towards direct-use applications be sought? What transformational solutions and different approaches can be offered to steer more definitive, geothermal success in the region?
In the run up to CREF, Castalia polled government and utilities on sentiment coming out of the region as we emerge from the pandemic and as we look towards COP26. We explore the results on stage and ask you, the audience, to examine the implications.
The last year has seen resilience redefined. We address how regional perceptions and priorities have shifted over the past 18 months and underline primary objectives in support of energy transition goals.
Jamaican experts discuss the outlook for the next phase of renewables procurement.
Market participants detail the challenges of project development and strategies for forward planning in the current market. Join us and tell us how your projects have been impacted – and what you need to move forward.
Island leaders, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, and the World Bank present the newly announced regional facility for concessional finance and outline expectations for its impact on clean energy financing in the Eastern Caribbean.
Caribbean utility leaders share their perspectives on drivers, trends and the outlook for Caribbean island grids.
On islands, the use of storage has long been touted as the means to efficient and resilient grids. Lacking to date, however, have been concrete use cases to prove the paradigm. On several jurisdictions now, however, we have successful examples of implementation. In this session we ask two such jurisdictions to take the stage to explore the business and use case of storage on island grids. What can we learn? And what does this portend for the future of storage in the Caribbean?
Insights into regulatory framework considerations and the applicability of a toolkit to facilitate EV adoption in the Caribbean.