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CREF 2014 in Miami was a sell-out event. 450 stakeholders from 41 countries signed up to attend before registration was closed early. The unprecedented interest in CREF speaks to the track-record of the conference as the single most important gathering of the regional energy market on the annual calendar. More significantly it speaks to the rapidly emerging opportunity to develop renewables across the Caribbean. Where once the focus was on the enabling environment, now attention is sharply focused on commercialization and implementation. If ever there was a time to engage in the Caribbean renewables market, it is now.

At this time we would like to thank our speakers, sponsors, and delegates for their contribution and engagement. We look forward to ongoing collaboration and to hearing many success stories at CREF 2015!


10.08.14 | CREF 2014 - 450 Registrations, 41 Countries, 21 Caribbean Islands
450 delegates from 41 countries joined us in Miami for CREF 2014 and this year's largest gathering of energy stakeholders. Thank you to our speakers, sponsors, and delegates for their contribution to what was an exceptional event.

10.02.14 | CREF Registration to Close Imminently: Unprecedented Interest in Caribbean Renewables; Unprecedented Demand for CREF
Please note that with numbers well above 400 we are limited by the ability of our venue to accommodate greater numbers and will be closing registration shortly.

09.25.14 | OPIC to Host Breakfast Session for Developers on "PPAs vs. Leases - A Lender's View"
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) will host a breakfast meeting on October 8th on “PPAs vs Leases – A Lender’s View”. OPIC's Lynn Tabernacki and Skadden's Frank Shaw will discuss the key considerations for developers in selecting a PPA or Lease Structure for generation projects.  The discussion will analyze the benefits and challenges of each structure, where the structures have been commonly used, and the elements of both PPAs and Leases that are attractive to financiers. OPIC will also provide attendees with information on available financing programs for RE projects.

09.24.14 | US Solar Institute, Aquion Energy and Clean Horizon Join World-Class Exhibitor Roster
The organizers of CREF are delighted to welcome U.S. Solar Institute, Aquion Energy and Clean Horizon to the CREF 2014 exhibition hall. Leaders in their respective fields, they join and enhance a world-class roster of event sponsors and exhibitors.

09.19.14 | Siemens Energy, Caribbean Development Bank, Join Ranks of Sponsors
The organizers of CREF 2014 are proud to announce that Siemens, one of the world's largest industrial conglomerates, will sponsor CREF 2014. Joining Siemens is the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) with its newly stated mandate to lead and finance the diversification of the Caribbean's energy matrix.

09.18.14 | 300 Delegates, 30 Countries Confirmed to Attend CREF 2014
With our busiest registration period still ahead of us, 300 registrants from over 30 countries are already confirmed to participate in CREF 2014. Robust interest in the conference reflects the quality of the agenda which features over 70 speakers, the extent of the networking opportunity, and the growing opportunity to develop renewables in the Caribbean.

09.10.14 | 20 Caribbean Countries (and Counting) Confirmed to Attend CREF
To date, 20 Caribbean countries have confirmed they will be represented at CREF 2014 by their government, or by their utility or, in many instances, by both. We are also pleased to be supporting private governmental meetings hosted by the Organization of American States (OAS) and by the U.S. Department of Energy & Inter-American Development Bank which will be taking place on the margins of CREF this year.

09.05.14 | Dominica Rolls Out Senior Officials for Country Presentation at CREF 2014
Dominica has confirmed that Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore, Minister for Public Works, Energy and Ports, will host the Dominica Roadshow at CREF 2014. He will be joined by Alexis George, Project Officer in the Geothermal Project Management Unit, Lancelot McCaskey, Executive Director of the Independent Regulatory Commission and Dave Stamp, Generation Manager of the electric utility, DOMLEC. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works, Kendell Johnson, will moderate proceedings.

08.26.14 | Newly Appointed Chairman of Puerto Rico Energy Commission to Speak at CREF 2014
The organizers of CREF are excited to announce that Agustín F. Carbó, the newly appointed Chairman of the Puerto Rico Energy Commission, will participate as a speaker at CREF 2014. Mr. Carbó's appointment comes at a critical time for Puerto Rico's energy sector and as stakeholders assess the implications of the wide-ranging Act 57 which will, many observers believe, transform the landscape for energy generation in PR. Mr. Carbó will lead the Puerto Rico Roadshow on October 8th.

08.25.14 | NRG Announces Senior Sponsorship of CREF 2014
New Energy Events are pleased to announce that NRG, a Fortune 250 company and one of the largest power utilities in the U.S., will sponsor CREF 2014. Widely regarded as one of the more progressive utility companies, NRG's extensive generation portfolio combines both conventional and renewable sources of energy. In the Caribbean, NRG has an expanding portfolio of projects and brings to the table an approach which reflects the development of renewables as a complement to existing island generation assets.

08.24.14 | EU Ambassador, St. Lucian Minister, & Head of OAS Sustainability Division Join Session to Debate Role of International Donor Programs in the Caribbean
Hon. James Fletcher
, Minister responsible for St. Lucia's energy policy, Ambassador Mikael Barfod, Head of the EU Delegation to the Eastern Caribbean, and Cletus Springer, Director of Sustainable Development at the OAS have confirmed they will participate in a wide-ranging session focusing on the abundance of capital and programs flowing into the region and, in some jurisdictions, the lack of capacity in the region to absorb donor support. The session will explore what can be done to coordinate international development efforts in the region and how regional capacity can be bolstered and supported.

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).


CREF 2014 Agenda

CREF 2014 gathered a superb roster of over 70 world-class speakers for three days of high level panel discussions, workshops and island roadshows. Highlights included the ministerial and utility panels, sessions hosted by the UK and Canadian Governments, and eight island presentations on jurisdictions ranging from Jamaica and Grenada to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Download the CREF 2014 agenda here.

2014 speakers included:

Senator The Hon. Darcy Boyce, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Government of Barbados
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
Senator Hon. Dr. James Fletcher, Minister of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science & Technology, St. Lucia
Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of Environment & Housing, Government of The Bahamas
Robert F. Ichord, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State
Ambassador Mikael Barfod, Head of the EU Delegation to Barbados & the Eastern Caribbean
Patrick Sheehan, Director, Office of Energy, State of Florida
Alejandro Melandri, Chief (ag.), Energy Division, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Agustín F. Carbó, Chairman, Puerto Rico Energy Commission
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
Tito Sanjurjo, Vice President, North America, Central America, Caribbean, IC Power - USA
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
Cletus Springer, Director, Department of Sustainable Development, Organization of American States (OAS)
Robert Blenker, CEO, WRB Energy – USA
Stefan Dijkers, Managing Director Caribbean Region, ContourGlobal
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
Hon. Vince Henderson, Ambassador & Permanent Resident of Dominica to the United Nations
Stephen O'Malley, Resident Coordinator, United Nations, Barbados & the OECS
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
Dave Stamp, Generation Manager, Domlec - Dominica
Alexis George, Project Officer, Geothermal Project Management Unit - Dominica


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