The organizers of CREF are proud to announce that CREF 2013 will be co-hosted by the Government of Aruba and will take place at the Westin Resort & Casino from October 9-11.
Regional policy is increasingly renewable-friendly, capital is available, the price of technology continues to fall - and the price of oil is trending upwards. Will 2013 prove to be a watershed year for the development of renewables in the Caribbean? We look forward to working closely with our many stakeholders, sponsors, and delegates towards the biggest and most successful CREF yet.
CREF 2012 gathered 400+ senior participants, including 12 Government Ministers, from 40 countries. CREF has grown year-on-year, as has the region-wide opportunity for renewables development. For senior renewable energy stakeholders active in the Caribbean CREF is, simply, a must-attend event.
Join senior government officials, utility executives, regional and international developers, and providers of capital, technology and expertise for three days of high-level debate, discussion – and exceptional networking.
10/18/13 - Organizers of CREF to Launch Event Focused on Energy & the Caribbean Hospitality Sector; CTEF to be Co-Hosted by IDB, IFC, & Govt. of Dominican Republic
New Energy Events is proud to announce the launch of Caribbean Tourism: The Energy Forum (CTEF). Against a backdrop of high regional energy prices, and the impact of high tariffs on the competitiveness of the Caribbean hospitality industry, CTEF is the first event to focus exclusively on what can be done at a policy, financing, and technology level to lower the electricity bill for Caribbean hotels and resorts. Co-Hosted by the IDB, IFC, and the Government of the Dominican Republic, CTEF will take place in Punta Cana from Dec 10-11. For more information on sponsorship and speaking, and to register, please visit www.caritourismenergyforum.com.
10/15/13 - Record Numbers for CREF 2013 - 460 Registrants from 45 Countries - Our Thanks to our Co-Host, Speakers, Sponsors & Delegates
In what was a record year for CREF, over 460 registrants from 45 countries signed up to join us in Aruba for CREF 2013. CREF is only the sum of its parts - its host government, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors, and delegates - our thanks then to all for what was from start to finish an utterly memorable event. We would like to extend particular thanks to our Co-Host, the Government of Aruba, whose commitment to the success of the events - both Green Aruba and CREF - mirror their ongoing efforts to ensure the long-term competitiveness of Aruba through a diversified and integrated approach to energy generation and usage. We look forward to staying in close contact with all our delegates in the coming months, and to marking progress and projects at CREF 2014.
10/07/2013 - The Final Countdown - 425 Delegates from 42 Countries Attending CREF 2013
Over 425 delegates from 42 countries over are, at the time of writing, confirmed to attend CREF 2013 in what will be - by a margin - the largest CREF to date. We look forward to welcoming delegates to Aruba and to a successful event out of which emerges the next wave of renewable transactions and projects for the Caribbean.
10/02/2013 - CREF 2013 - By The Numbers
Ten days before we convene in Aruba for CREF 2013 and we have an extraordinary event in prospect. Over 320 delegates from 30 countries are confirmed to participate. 20 Caribbean countries are represented either by their government, their utility - or by both. 75 world-class speakers are featured on our strongest agenda to date. And all of this made to happen with the support of over 40 sponsors, exhibitors and partner organizations. Registration, for now, remains open.
9/25/2013 - Close to 300 Delegates Confirmed for CREF 2013
Two weeks until the market gathers in Aruba, there is every indication that this is to be the strongest CREF to date. More speakers, more sponsors, more countries, more delegates: join us in Aruba for what will be the definitive energy event on this year's calendar.
9/25/2013 - Trinidad &Tobago Confirms Roadshow for CREF 2013
Resource-rich, Trinidad & Tobago is a late entrant to the race for renewables. Recently, however, they announced an MOU with the U.S. DOE for the creation of a regional renewable research center (CREF). Meanwhile plans proceed apace for T&T's first utility scale wind farm. With a sound regulatory environment and a strong credit story, this is a market to watch. The Roadshow will feature three senior Trinidadian officials, led by Randy Ramadar Singh, Chief Adviser to the Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs on renewable energy issues.
9/24/2013 - Bahamas Confirms Roadshow at CREF 2013
Led by Hon. Renward Wells, Parliamentary Secretary for Works and Urban Development, CREF organizers are excited to announce the hosting of a Bahamas Roadshow at CREF 2013. ...read more
9/24/2013 - ASDF and SIDS DOCK to Co-Host Meeting at CREF 2013
The Aruba Sustainable Development Foundation (ASDF) and SIDS DOCK, the small islands energy Initiative officially endorsed under the United Nations Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), will host a private meeting at CREF 2013 to explore latest SIDS DOCK initiatives and their implications for the Caribbean. In a discussion led by Ambassador Vince Henderson, Chairman of the SIDS DOCK Steering Committee, the meeting will also set the stage for the UN SIDS Conference to take place in Apia, Samoa, in 2014. The meeting will take place from 5pm-6pm on October 10th. Click here to view the agenda
CREF delegates are invited to attend at no cost. Places are very limited. Please RSVP to ASDF.
9/19/2013 - Updated Information on Hotel Availability
Please note that we are sold out for the night of October 11th at the Westin Resort and Casino. We are close to capacity all other nights. ...read more
9/16/2013 - Jamaica Confirms Roadshow at CREF 2013; JPSCo & Ministry of Energy to Present
The organizers of CREF are excited to announce that the Jamaican Ministry of Energy will take the stage alongside the Jamaican utility, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) at CREF 2013 in Aruba. Fitzroy Vidal, Principal Director for Energy in the Ministry of Energy & Mining, and Kelly Tomblin, CEO of JPSCo will take the stage to describe ...read more
9/16/2013 - ACORE Announces Post-CREF Roundtable for Delegates
CREF attendees are invited to join the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) for its first Caribbean Regional Roundtable from 9:00am – 12:30pm on Saturday, October 12th. The Roundtable is hosted in collaboration with the Aruban Government, LAC-CORE, and the organizers of CREF. ...read more
GREEN ARUBA - OCTOBER 9TH - 9:00AM-5:00PM
"Now is the time to introduce world-class technology and capital to the broad array of opportunities that exist in Aruba. Green Aruba (at CREF) will play a vital role in presenting Aruba to top-tier private sector investors and catalyzing the process of engagement and participation in our green island economy."- Dr. Franklin Hoevertsz, Managing Director, Utilities Aruba
Meet high-ranking government officials and senior utility executives
Get to grips with the range of opportunities which are emerging in Aruba for investment in RE/EE projects and initiatives
Forge new relationships with key decision-makers
Meet potential private sector partners from Aruba
Develop business in what is a progressive, well regulated, renewable-friendly jurisdiction
You will have the option to register for Green Aruba when you sign up to attend CREF. Register for CREF here.
Underpinning CREF 2013 is a world-class agenda featuring world-class speakers. Brought together in dynamic and interactive panel discussions, this year's speakers will grapple with the obstacles to, and explore the opportunities for, renewables development across the Caribbean. Confirmed speakers include:
Rt. Hon. Mike Eman, Prime Minister, Aruba
Hon. Phillip Paulwell, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Government of Jamaica
Hon. José María Figueres, CEO, Carbon War Room; former President of Costa Rica
Hon. Ing. Mike E. de Meza, Minister of Finance, Communication, Utilities and Energy, Government of Aruba
The Hon. Sen. Audrey Grant, Minister of Energy & Public Utilities, Government of Belize
Hon. Robert M. Persaud, MBA, MP, Minister of Natural Resources & The Environment, Government of Guyana
Hon. Jim Hok, Minister of Natural Resources, Government of Suriname
Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of Environment & Housing, Government of The Bahamas
H.E. Vince Henderson, Permanent Representative, Commonwealth of Dominica to the U.N. & Chairman, SIDS DOCK Steering Committee - Dominica
Hon. Renward Wells, M. P., Parliamentary Secretary for Works and Urban Development, The Bahamas
Randy Ramadhar Singh, Renewable Energy Adviser to the Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs, Trinidad & Tobago
Ambrose Tillett, Director of Energy, Ministry of Energy & Public Utilities, Belize
Enrique Ramírez, President, Comisión Nacional de Energía (CNE) - Dominican Republic
Ambassador Albert R. Ramdin, Asst. Secretary General, Organization of American States (OAS)
Fitzroy A. Vidal, Principal Director, Energy, Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Jamaica
Kelly Tomblin, CEO, Jamaica Power Service Co. (JPS) - Jamaica
Trevor Byer, Chairman, St. Lucia Electricity Services Ltd (LUCELEC) - St. Lucia
Robert Blenker, Chief Development Officer, WRB Enterprises/GRENLEC
Juan Alicea, PE, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)
Franklin A. Hoevertsz, Managing Director, Utilities Aruba - Aruba
Jeane Nikolai, Director of Energy & Telecommunications, Ministry of Economic Development, Government of Bermuda
Peter Boyd, COO, Carbon War Room; Expert Chair, UK Energy Efficiency Deployment Office (EEDO) - UK
Brad Roberts, Executive Director, Electricity Storage Association (ESA) - USA
Joseph Salvatore, Lead Analyst, Clean Energy Economics & Capital Markets, Bloomberg New Energy Finance - USA
Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs, Philips Lighting - The Netherlands
Mark Lambrides, Chief, Energy and Climate Change Division, Organization of American States
Julia Hamm, President & CEO, Solar Electric Power Association - USA
Hugo V. Hodge Jr., Executive Director (CEO), Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority – USVI
Lynn Tabernacki, Managing Director; Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development, OPIC - USA
Miguel Toledo, Principal Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Dr. Carl Kukkonen, CEO & Co-Founder, Viaspace – USA
Adam Warren, Group Manager, Project Development & Finance, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) – USA
Adrian Katzew, Vice President & General Manager, Mexico, Central America & Caribbean, Vestas
Francis Ras, Section Head Technical Affairs, WEB Aruba N.V.
Migara Jayawardena, Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank
Ernie Stapleton, Permanent Secretary, Nevis Island Administration (NIA)
Ariel Sacerdoti, Director – Business Development, Ormat - USA
New for 2013:
The Island Roadshows will provide developers with clear insight into opportunities for engagement and investment across a series of regional markets. Join us at CREF and learn about opportunities in jurisdictions from Puerto Rico to Jamaica, Dominican Republic to Martinique. This is vital and actionable market intelligence available only at CREF.
THE TECHNOLOGY SESSIONS
The Technology Sessions are designed to provide governments and utilities with a one-stop shop for insight into latest developments in renewable technologies and their application in the Caribbean. On the agenda for 2013: Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Biomass, Ocean, & Energy Storage.