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Join us in Miami from October 6th-8th for CREF 2014 and the largest and longest established Caribbean renewables event in the hemisphere.

If CREF is the hub for the Caribbean energy markets, so Miami is the nexus for the region as a whole. We are excited to be bringing CREF to a city which will maximize our ability to connect Caribbean energy stakeholders to international capital and technology.

500 delegates from 40 countries, including officials from 18 Caribbean jurisdictions, signed up for CREF 2013 in Aruba for what was our biggest event to date.

As prospects for utility scale and distributed generation continue to emerge region-wide, join governments, utilities, multilaterals, developers and financiers at CREF 2014 for two days of intense networking, transacting, discussion and debate.


08.20.14 | Launch of Castalia/CREF Caribbean Renewable Energy Marketplace
Sourced by Castalia from utilities, governments and third party sources across the Caribbean, the Marketplace comprises information on over 200 utility scale projects under consideration, in development, or in operation in the Caribbean. The Marketplace, to be presented at CREF 2014, will provide regional and international stakeholders with a clear measure of progress towards energy diversification on a country-by-country basis. At a practical level, it will also give clear insight into ongoing opportunities to develop or finance projects region-wide. The Marketplace also includes data on the uptake of distributed generation.

08.18.14 | OPIC to Host Private Meeting for Investors - October 8th
OPIC, as part of its ongoing commitment to support the development of renewables in the Caribbean, has announced it will host a breakfast meeting on October 8th exploring how developers and investors can access U.S. capital for projects in the region. Information on the event will be provided post-registration for CREF.

08.18.14 | New Sponsors Announced - Toshiba, DCNS, Innovari
The organizers of CREF are pleased to welcome Toshiba, DCNS, and Innovari to CREF's roster of senior sponsors.

08.17.14 | Kelly Tomblin, CEO of Jamaica's JPS, Completes Line-Up of World-Class Utility Leaders Session
Kelly Tomblin, CEO of Jamaica's Public Service Company (JPS), has confirmed her participation in the CREF 2014 Utility Leaders Session. She joins an exceptional panel which also comprises Michael Bax (Director of InterEnergy), Buck Martinez (head of renewables at Florida Power & Light), Bob Blenker (CEO of WRB Energy), and Stefan Dijkers (ContourGlobal's managing director for the Caribbean).

08.15.14 | IFC, Private Sector Arm of The World Bank Group, to Host Session on PPPs
The PPP structure is seen by some as the silver bullet and a major potential catalyst for the development of renewables in the Caribbean. Is it? For what types of renewables is the PPP approach viable? Where can we point to success stories and what can we extrapolate from those for the Caribbean. Richard Cabello, head of PPPs for IFC in Latin America and the Caribbean, will lead a wide-ranging discussion designed to provided a strong sense of the potential value of the structure across a spectrum of renewable scenarios region-wide.

07.30.14 | Jamaica's Minister of Energy and EU's Head of Sustainable Growth & Development Confirm Participation in Ministerial Roundtable
Hon. Phillip Paulwell, the Jamaican Minister responsible for energy policy, and Dr. Roberto Ridolfi, the European Union's Head of Sustainable Growth and Development have confirmed their participation in the opening Ministerial Roundtable at CREF 2014. They join a powerhouse session which also features Hon. Darcy Boyce of Barbados, and Dr. Warren Smith, President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

07.10.14 | UK Government to Participate in CREF 2014; Focus on Offshore Renewables & the Scottish Experience
Reflecting its long standing objective to improve access to greener and more affordable sources of energy in the Caribbean, the UK Government has announced a partnership with the organizers of CREF 2014 to share the UK experience and showcase British expertise. Participation will comprise both a presence on the agenda where the UK will co-host a session on off-shore renewables, and a strong presence in the exhibit hall highlighting UK commercial expertise in the renewables arena.  Additionally, the UK will partner with CREF to share the Scottish Island’s experience of growing a local renewable energy supply chain and the techniques developed for integrating multiple sources of energy on a constrained island grid as part of the Sustainable Island Initiative.

07.01.14 | Government of Barbados Confirm Country Roadshow; Minister of State, Hon. Darcy Boyce, to Present
Barbados, long touted as one of the most progressive markets in the region, has passed new legislation to facilitate the licensing of independent power producers to sell electricity to the grid and is in the process of finalizing a draft National Energy Policy which will support the diversification of the energy matrix. The organizers of CREF are delighted to announce that Minister Darcy Boyce of Barbados will present a Barbados Roadshow at CREF 2014 and will explore how the new policy environment translates into future opportunities for renewable development.

06.20.14 | Emera Caribbean Announces Sponsorship of CREF 2014
Emera Caribbean, one of the region's most prominent utility companies, has announced that it will sponsor CREF 2014. Emera is the majority owner of Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) and of Light & Power Holdings (LPH). LPH is the parent company of Barbados Light & Power (BLPC) in Barbados, majority shareholder in Dominica Electricity Services (DOMLEC), and an investor in St. Lucia Electricity Services Ltd. (LUCELEC) in St. Lucia. Emera Caribbean's sponsorship of CREF 2014 reflects its commitment to delivering reliable, cost-efficient, energy to its customers across the region.

06.02.14 | USVI Confirms Country Roadshow at CREF 2014; VIWAPA & VI Energy Office to Host
The organizers of CREF are pleased to announce that the USVI will host a Country Roadshow at CREF 2014. Led by Karl Knight, Director of the U.S. Virgin Islands Energy Office, and by Hugo Hodge, Executive Director of VIWAPA, the Roadshow will explore a market that is in transition. "Project Gamechanger" will see the USVI convert from fuel oil to propane later this year. Meanwhile, recent legislation introduced a feed-in tariff for the purchase of up to 15MW of distributed generation. The Roadshow will explore challenges to the energy transition and investigate emerging opportunities for investment in utility scale and distributed projects.

06.01.14 | Mayor of Miami Confirmed to Open CREF 2014
The office of Tomás Regalado, Mayor of the City of Miami, has confirmed that he will open the 2014 Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF 2014). The opening ceremony will take place on October 7th, following a day of private government meetings and a workshop for utility CEOs on the economics of energy storage.


CREF 2014 Agenda

Bringing senior regional stakeholders together with world-class providers of technology and financing in a fully interactive, challenging environment, there is no other event like CREF.

Download the most recent CREF 2014 agenda here.

Confirmed speakers for 2014 include:

Senator The Hon. Darcy Boyce, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Government of Barbados
Hon. Rene Jean-Jumeau, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister in Charge of Energy Security
Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore, Minister for Public Works, Energy and Ports, Government of Dominica
Hon. Phillip Paulwell, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining, Government of Jamaica
Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore, Minister for Public Works, Energy & Ports, Government of Dominica
Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development, European Union
Dr. Warren Smith, President, The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
Tomás Pedro Regalado, Mayor, City of Miami
Franklin A. Hoevertsz, Managing Director, Utilities Aruba
Hugo Hodge, Executive Director & CEO, VIWAPA
Karl Knight, Director, Virgin Islands Energy Office
Michael Bax, Director, InterEnergy – USA/Dominican Republic
Buck Martinez, Senior Director, Florida Power & Light – USA
Fitzroy Vidal, Principal Director, Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Government of Jamaica
Lynn Tabernacki, Managing Director; Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) - USA
Paul Murphy, Founding Chairman, Advanced Energy Centre - Canada
Paul Grod, CEO, Rodan Energy - Canada
Robert Blenker, CEO, WRB Energy – USA
Stefan Dijkers, CFO, ContourGlobal – France
Jeane Nikolai, Director of Energy, Government of Bermuda
Honourable ‘Akau’ola, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Tonga
Richard Cabello, Manager, Latin America & the Caribbean, IFC Advisory Services in Public Private Partnerships
Adam Warren, Group Manager, Project Development & Finance, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Bruce Levy, CEO & President, BMR Energy - USA
Bruce Tsuchida, Principal, The Brattle Group
Paul Hibbard, Vice President, Analysis Group
Kelly Tomblin, President & CEO, Jamaica Public Service Co. (JPS) - Jamaica
Bob Blanchard, Jr., Chairman & CEO, WRB Enterprises, Inc.
Dave McGregor, Vice President, Asset Management, Emera Caribbean Ltd.
Jennifer DeCesaro, Director, Technology-to-Market Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Julian Despradel, Head of International, Comision Nacional de Energia - Dominican Republic
Jeffrey Skeer, Senior Programme Office, IRENA – Abu Dhabi
Oslin Boekhoudt, Director General & CEO, WEB Aruba
Robert Henriquez, General Manager, N.V. Elmar Aruba
Oliver Wragg, Commercial Director, The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)
Adam Carter, Head – Structuring, Wholesale Banking, CIBC FirstCaribbean - Barbados


This is how you can get involved now:

Attend. Register to Attend. A 20% discount is in place until July 1st.

Speak. A handful of speaker opportunities are still available. Complete the Speaker Submission form today.

Sponsor/Exhibit. Download the sponsorship and exhibitor brochure here






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