Key Stakeholders across the Caribbean region’s electric energy sector convene to focus on affordable and clean electricity supply and resilient power grids

The Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) is just days away from the commencement of its highly anticipated CARILEC Resilient Energy Community (CAREC) Conference and Exhibition: ‘CAREC2023’. This year’s event will be held at the Kimpton EPIC Hotel in Miami, USA from September 24th to 28th.

The theme for CAREC2023 is ‘Transcending Barriers – Boosting the Region’s Development through Reliable, Affordable and Clean Electricity Supply and Resilient Power Grids’. This theme will be thoroughly examined by an array of expert speakers from various disciplines within the energy sector. The overall line-up of speakers includes government officials, regulators, renewable energy (RE) experts, and senior personnel from energy and electricity-affiliated companies.

CAREC2023 will also feature a Regulatory Roundtable and an Opening Ceremony with a cocktail reception on Sunday, September 24.

Dr. Lawrence Jones, Senior Vice President for International Programs at Edison Electric Institute (EEI), an award-winning, thought leader and practitioner with over twenty-five years of experience in the energy industry is slated to Chair the Regulatory Roundtable and deliver the Keynote Address during the Opening Ceremony on Sunday evening.
CARILEC’s Regulatory Roundtable Series is a key component of the CAREC Conference and is a collaborative effort among the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, the Caribbean Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), the Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR), and CARILEC. The series seeks to deepen the engagement among governments, regulatory bodies, and utilities within the region through roundtable sessions that engage thought-leaders, practitioners, and experts within the electric energy sector in a “solutions oriented” dialogue. The overall objective is to identify current and emerging ‘regulatory mechanisms’ that are required for urgent implementation in order to advance the development of sustainable energy markets within the Caribbean Community. The theme for this year’s roundtable is: ‘Reflections on Regulatory Achievements, Challenges and Needs for Energy Transition in the Caribbean’.

A vendor exhibition, several networking and business development opportunities, and two (2) Post Conference Workshops will also be featured during CAREC2023. The first Workshop will be hosted from the afternoon of Wednesday, September 27th into Thursday, September 28th on the topic: ‘Funding the Transition: Renewable Energy Compensation Mechanisms’. This event is a collaborative effort with the US Department of State, the U.S. – Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030 (PACC 2030) and international consulting firm, Deloitte. The second Post Conference Workshop on ‘Battery Energy Storage Systems’ will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, September 28th Delegates can also anticipate a thought-provoking address by the distinguished closing Keynote Speaker for the Conference, Mr. Michael Powell, Vice President of Government Relations, at Electricity Canada.

CARILEC’s Executive Director, Dr. Cletus Bertin, provides further insight into the significance of the upcoming event, from the broader perspective of CARILEC’s mandate as a regional organization of thirty-four (34) years standing, established by regional utilities and operating in the Caribbean region for the advancement of members, inclusive of government owned, investor owned, and Independent Power Producers: “CARILEC has long championed the advancement of the electric energy sector in the Caribbean by facilitating several conferences and events which have incorporated learning and development, networking, capacity building, and advocacy opportunities for all its members.

These opportunities have been made possible through the Corporation’s highly valued partnerships with key Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation institutions, at events such as CAREC2023, and more importantly between such events, on an ongoing basis, ranging from government entities, non-profit organizations, private institutions, and key interest groups. CAREC2023, like all CARILEC events, should therefore be seen and understood as not just another event or “talk shop”, but as an action-oriented, solutions-focused forum that will fuel further collaboration and energize the implementation of measures to accelerate the energy transitioning process in the region”.

CAREC2023 is also supported by the generous contribution of esteemed sponsors which include Hitachi (Diamond Sponsor); Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO), (Platinum Sponsor); American Wire Group (AWG), (Gold Sponsor); Aggreko (Gold Sponsor), and Soar Field Services (Bronze Sponsor).

For more information on this Conference, visit the CAREC2023 event page at For further information on the work of CARILEC in the region, please contact [email protected].

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  1. Petes
    September 22, 2023

    Again I hear the fancy word ‘stakeholders’. May I ask who these ‘stakeholders’ are. Is there anybody out there that can enlighten me??

  2. Ibo France
    September 22, 2023

    For this year, I have never seen or heard about so many high-powered meetings and consultations within the region. Here are just a few of the meetings that have taken place:
    *agriculture in Guyana
    *crime in T&T
    *education in Antigua
    *Africa-Caribbean summit in Barbados
    The list is extensive.

    Are these meetings just gimmicks to hoodwink the people into thinking that great progress is being made? We, the people, benefit nothing from the enormous sums of taxpayers’ money used to host or attend these fruitless gatherings.

    The problem in the Caribbean is that we have too many square pegs in round holes at the top. They only intention is to set themselves financially for life. The misery of the poor is of no consequence to them.

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  3. Truth Be Told
    September 21, 2023

    We should send Prime Minister Dr. Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit and the GeoFirmal (geothermal) expert Dr. Vince Henderson to be the keynote speakers! They know everything about renewable energy and resilient electricity grids, just ask DOMLEC! lol 😂

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    • ???
      September 21, 2023

      @ Truth Be Told
      Is he Skerrit OR Starboy of Stupidity?
      Is he Vince OR con Vince?

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    • We the People
      September 21, 2023

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • Asking, for a friend
      September 22, 2023

      You mean the two honorary doctors, one by mouth and the other by letters? No one did a dissertation, not required to write about anything like even the ordinary doctor?

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    • Asking, for a friend
      September 22, 2023

      @TBT: You mean the two honorary doctors, one by mouth and the other by letters? No one did a dissertation, not required to write about anything like even the ordinary nurse?

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  4. Zandoli
    September 21, 2023

    Unless that meeting will generate an affordable and reliable power supply, I have no interest in it.
    The folks in the Caribbean have a habit of holding meetings, talking a lot and nothing happens. We are good at doing that.

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    • Matt
      September 24, 2023

      Either way the 3 to 4 big countries that hold the worlds resources hostage through bullying, have hardly no resources themselves, will keep the price of implementing anything very high so that you will scrunt to get things done, thanks to their”world bank” and IMFake.

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