Across numerous sessions, workshops, awards, and networking events we’ll provide our delegates with the tools, contacts, data and market intelligence they need to light a fire under the regional energy transition.
What can you expect from the CREF 2023 agenda?
Pre-CREF Day | April 26
Launch of H2-Caribbean. Parsing the opportunity behind the hype, the launch of the Hydrogen Summit for the Caribbean on April 26 reflects a pressing need to assess the viability of H2 production, use and export across the region. We’ll assess the competitive landscape, the models, the opportunities, and the hurdles. Pipe dream or once-in-a-generation opportunity? Join us as we find out.
2023 Island Resilience Action Challenge. Co-organized by Advanced Energy Group, IRAC is the benchmark for outcome-oriented events in the region. Join 100 regional leaders as we triage the most pressing challenge facing the region’s energy sector – and then work, together, towards a solution.
CREF 2023 | April 27-28
100 speakers, no fillers. 25+ sessions over two days, an agenda with no fillers – just the cream of regional and international policy-makers, utilities, financiers, investors, developers, and multilaterals. No fluff, no pitches; just actionable, expert content.
Caribbean country spotlights. From Jamaica and Barbados to Trinidad and Guyana, we gather national leaders across multiple jurisdictions to bring you up-to-speed on progress, milestones and opportunities for investment and engagement.
Extended coverage of Puerto Rico & the Dominican Republic. Granular reporting and deep-dive insights from two regional markets that are blazing the clean energy trail. What’s next, and where are the opportunities to get involved?
Presentation of CREF 2023 Industry Awards. The benchmark for excellence in projects and policy, execution and implementation. We’ll be announcing the 2023 Awards at a presentation lunch – and you’re invited.
Women in Renewable Energy Lunch. The inaugural 2022 Women in Renewable Energy lunch at CREF 2022 gathered 60+ leaders from across the energy spectrum. With our partners, we’ll be back for more discussion and networking.
2023 CREF-Castalia Index & Marketplace. Benchmark data and analysis on countries and projects, available exclusively for CREF delegates.
Deep-Dive Networking Roundtables. New for 2023, join – and be heard – at a series of intimate, lightly-facilitated discussions across a range of topics, from the implementation of storage and cutting-edge regulation, to delivering on distributed generation and next-generation utility business models.
Want to get involved in this year’s event? We’d love to hear from you.
2023 Island Resilience Action Challenge (IRAC 2023)
Island stakeholders will collaboratively triage the most pressing challenges facing the region, brainstorm and pitch solutions, and work to find consensus on an immediate action plan for one breakthrough resolution. More information here.
Women in Renewable Energy Lunch
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The 1st annual Hydrogen Summit for the Caribbean (H2-Caribbean 2023) is designed to bring the upstream and downstream market together to explore the viability and potential of Hydrogen to bolster and transform regional economies. More information here.
CREF 15-Year Anniversary Cocktail and Networking Reception
Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator Chief Executive Officer Moderator
The CREF Ministerial: Are We Delivering On Energy Security and Climate Resilience for the Region?
In the annual CREF Ministerial, regional leaders explore how national strategies need to evolve and adapt in light of the current global energy dynamic, the pressing need for decarbonization and the drive for energy security. Are we adapting, and are we delivering?
National clean energy and energy transition targets and milestones: Are we succeeding?
Given the recent economic disruptions and competing priorities in each jurisdiction, are governments doing enough to prioritize the energy transition?
What has been the response to the current energy crisis and how has that impacted energy transition plans?
Will countries add new renewable generation, when will they do it and how much will they add?
United States Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for Caribbean Affairs and Haiti Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
State of the Markets: Benchmarking Progress to Objectives
How does progress towards the energy transition correlate to national objectives? This market-by-market study reveals which Caribbean countries are on target – and which are still fighting for traction. The study, representing an exhaustive survey of regional governments and utilities, also provides insights into where key national stakeholders perceive the challenges to lie.
Even if inflation cools, higher interest rates and choppy macroeconomic waters will likely persist into 2023. How will prevailing market conditions impact the bankability of PPAs and the flow of capital into regional clean energy projects?
Do we need more capital? Or more well-developed, bankable projects?
In today’s unpredictable market environment, can concessional finance better serve the region? Can we do more with blended finance instruments?
How is the changing climate impacting project risk and bankability? What tools are coming on-line to measure and mitigate?
Is it feasible to aggregate RE projects cross-border to augment investor appetite?
K&M Advisors Managing Director, Policy and RegulationModerator
Spotlight: Puerto Rico
Despite challenging prevailing conditions, Puerto Rico has made extraordinary strides towards ambitious energy transition objectives. An ambitious program led by Puerto Rico’s Energy Bureau (PREB) aims to procure 3.75 GW of renewables and 1.5 GW of storage as part of the island’s bid – as set out in Act 17 – to be 100% renewable by 2050. Meanwhile, the distributed market has taken off, too.
What are the lessons learned from the first two tenders? How bankable are secured PPAs in an environment of high inflation and elevated interest rates?
Timeframe and expectations for the next tender from PREB?
Will the embattled Luma continue to manage transmission and distribution?
How does the huge uptick in distributed energy impact the grid and the economics of the PR energy market?
What are the implications of the Inflation Reduction Act, and other federal funding initiatives, for the development of the market?
The World Bank Senior Country Officer, Caribbean Country Management UnitModerator
CREF Cocktail and Networking Reception
CREF Morning Activity
Choose between CREF Sunrise Yoga or the annual CREF Fun Run!
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Rise and Shine Roundtables
New for 2023, join – and be heard – at a series of intimate, lightly-facilitated discussions across a range of topics, from the implementation of storage and cutting-edge regulation, to delivering on distributed generation and next-generation utility business models.
Resilience Build and Disaster Management Planning: What are the Real Priorities?
Powering Private Sector Leaders: Distributed Generation Markets to Watch in 2023
From the perspective of regional conglomerate leaders, we gauge the regional appetite for distributed projects, what’s driving the market, which regulators are best supporting DG, and where we can expect to see growth in 2023.