Across numerous panel discussions, workshops, industry awards, and networking events we’ll provide our delegates with the tools, contacts and market intel they need to light a fire under the regional energy transition.
Day 1 | April 26th
What to expect from the pre-day at CREF 2022? A deep-dive workshop on e-mobility, followed by the outcome-driven Island Resilience Action Challenge.
Then: the CREF kick-off reception to launch the main festivities.
Day 2 | April 27th
Join stakeholders from across the region for interactive panels, exclusive interviews, and numerous networking events. The agenda is rich, immersive, and features leaders from across the industry spectrum. Expect ample opportunities to form new connections, solidify existing relationships, and debate opportunities, all in a lively and productive environment. Then: the second of our two networking receptions.
Day 3 | April 28th
Join us for another day of ‘front of the industry’ discussions and deep-dive roundtables. We take a closer look at some countries and themes dominating the conversation, and ascertain next steps needed to drive forward the energy transition across the region.
Capital is available in abundance to deploy for bankable projects in the Caribbean. How can financiers, multilaterals and project developers enhance the bankability of projects with creative approaches to deal structures?
How can commercial and multilateral lenders drive increased deal flow and project viability with reimagined approaches to financing?
How can we tap the full potential of concessional, incubation capital and private philanthropic capital for renewable projects in the region?
How can we streamline the engagement of the regulators to ensure project bankability?
How can liquidity be brought to the Caribbean renewable sector in a manner, and timeframe, that supports the viability of smaller projects?
The 4th CREF Industry Awards will recognize excellence across clean energy programs and projects in the Caribbean. Awards will be made by the CREF Awards Advisory Committee across the following categories:
2021-22 Caribbean Energy Leader MVP
2022 IRAC Impact Award
Best Distributed Generation Project
Best E-Mobility Project
Best Energy Efficiency Project
Best Energy Storage Project
Best ESG Project
Best Green Hydrogen Project
Best Microgrid Project
Best Renewable Energy Financing
Best Resilience Project
Best Utility Scale Project
The C&I Session: Are Caribbean Industrials Prioritizing Renewables?
Local industries will play a key role in achieving energy transition goals. We speak to some of the most active industry participants about their clean energy ambitions, what is driving decision making, and how these goals can be met.
Is regulation supporting or slowing C&I? Where can we point to regulatory success stories?
The economics of renewables for island industries: How are businesses weighing the decision between renewables and LNG, or a hybrid model?
Exploring C&I project case studies and success stories
High Impact Routes to Decarbonization and Resilience
Circular economies can play a critical role in the effort to decarbonize sectors and increase resilience. This interactive session pushes regional stakeholders to look beyond current solutions and brainstorm high-impact interventions to decarbonize the Caribbean ecosystem. Our experts will discuss how to implement effective policies, and how to enhance public and private collaboration to create meaningful linkages among sectors. The panel will explore opportunities for high-impact circular economy interventions presented by innovations, including waste to energy and the expanding potential of green hydrogen.
Inter-American Development Bank Principal Regional Energy Specialist, Caribbean RegionModerator
Despite political and macroeconomic challenges, Haiti is pressing ahead with structural changes to the grid to ensure affordable and reliable access to electricity for all. An identifiable trend is the improving case for decentralized renewable energy: as a result of slow grid extension, increasing fuel cost, and frequent fuel shortages, Haiti is seeing a growing number of companies that are able to serve customers with decentralized energy solutions. This session will also explore:
- Clean energy projects in the pipeline and opportunities for developers and investors
- Regulatory framework: progress and remaining shortcomings
- Recently launched minigrid program, Haitian Program for Access of Rural communities to Rural - Energy: challenges & progress
- Off-Grid Electricity Fund (OGEF). Is the World Bank and CTF-funded OGEF capable of de-risking investments and driving more funding to the sector?
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Director, Energy Transition ProjectModerator
Net-walking & Brickell Key Fun Run
Calling all early risers and runners, get the #CREFenergy flowing with our Sunrise Fun Run. If you prefer to enjoy the sights and sounds of Miami at a slower pace, join us for a sunrise ‘Net-Walk’ instead! Both groups will meet in the hotel lobby at 6:30am sharp. The first 50 people in the lobby for the activity will receive a free t-shirt!
This is How We Do It: Building Strong Energy Companies through Gender Equality
Advanced registration required | Complimentary Breakfast for all CREF registrants
Increasing efficiency and resiliency in your organization may be a matter of more, not less. More inclusion. More equality. More women in leadership and technical roles. While many energy organizations in the Caribbean remain male-dominated, it’s not too late to take action for improved performance. As our friends from GRENLEC and EDESUR will share with you over breakfast, gender-equality interventions at their utilities have been good for business, resulting in reduced commercial losses, increased employee retention, and better customer service. Join us for conversation and inspiration.
Join the conversation – more information and registration here.
Minister Roban and other stakeholders detail developments in the Integrated Resource Plan, highlighting strategies on- and off-shore clean energy initiatives, and the regulatory and legislative developments required to enable these projects.
- Innovative clean energy projects in the pipeline and opportunities for investors
- Legislative ambitions to expand clean energy access for all citizens (eg. via community solar)
- Encouraging innovation and attracting investment in new technologies, whilst guaranteeing reliable energy
Bucuti & Tara Resort Director of Engineering & SustainabilityModerator
Barbados: Pushing the Renewables Frontiers
Barbados is intending to lead the charge towards clean energy with innovative approaches to energy policy and technology, and is developing a feed-in tariff (FIT) and a competitive process to develop 600MW+ of renewable energy. A Draft Power Purchase Agreement has been published for comments by the Fair Trade Commission of Barbados and partners such as the IDB Group are actively participating in providing comments to improve bankability. These partners and more join this session to detail the progress being made in Barbados’ ambitious plan of 100% RE by 2030.
– Highlighting developments in the Barbadian energy policy and regulation, and long-term renewable energy objectives
– How is the island approaching innovative technologies such as marine generation, green hydrogen, waste-to-energy?
– What generation technologies are most viable from the economic, technological and regulatory standpoints?
– What would be the mid to long term impact on the national/regional energy markets?
– How are institutional partners supporting this ambitious energy strategy, and where are the opportunities for participation?
IDB Invest Head of the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico - Infrastructure & Energy DivisionModerator
Trinidad and Tobago : The Energy Transition in an Industrialized Small Island State
Trinidad and Tobago is moving full-throttle towards the Energy Transition with innovative approaches to energy policy, technology and implementation. In train are utility scale solar; a feed-in tariff (FIT); progressive renewable energy policy; and a carbon neutral hydrogen economy. Also underway is the development of a 112 MW solar plant, one of the largest single site utility scale RE/solar plants in the Caribbean.
- What is the national roadmap and how robust is the planning and implementation?
- What is the potential to use existing know-how and infrastructure to develop a carbon neutral economy, especially by exploiting off-shore wind potential to create green hydrogen, using CCUS for carbon capture and storage of CO2 to create blue hydrogen
- Showcasing T&T projects involving solar and promoting EV mobility