CARILEC’s CEO’s and Leadership Conference lays foundation for future of region’s energy sector

CARILEC Directors Engaged During Welcome Session

CARILEC recently wrapped up its CEO’s and Leadership Conference at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach and Golf Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico from May 19 to 22, 2024. This event marked a significant milestone in steering the leadership of the electric energy sector in the Caribbean region. The annual conference united industry CEOs, C-Suite executives, regulators, policymakers, energy solutions providers, and representatives from various Regional and International Agencies like the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the United States Department of State, U.S.-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030 (PACC 2030), and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), along with other key stakeholders. The focus was on exploring a range of topics, programs, strategies, and initiatives under the theme “Leadership in Transition: Vision, Drive, Performance & Change Management.”

Anders Lindberg giving Keynote address

Given the pressing issues of climate change, energy resilience, and collaboration in the face of natural and man-made disasters, cooperation among countries, organizations, and key individuals is paramount. The conference served as a platform for leaders to exchange insights, devise solutions, and set a course for the future of energy in the Caribbean. Notable speakers at the event included Mr. Anders Lindberg, President of Wärtsilä Energy and Executive Vice President of Wärtsilä Corporation, Dr. Lawrence Jones, Senior Vice President of the Edison Electric Institute, Mr. Francisco Berrios, Deputy Chief of Staff (Energy Affairs) at the Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), and Mr. Joseph Williams, Head of the Sustainable Energy Division at the Caribbean Development Bank, among others.

Dr. Cletus Bertin, the Executive Director of CARILEC, emphasized the importance of the Conference, stating,” The 2024 CARILEC CEO’s and Leadership Conference was a landmark event for the region’s electric energy sector bringing together key stakeholders in this forum, characterized by frank and insightful dialogue, combined with CARILEC’s institutional capacity and networks at the regional and international levels. We have further strengthened the movement and fueled the momentum that will continue to drive action, advocacy, innovation, resilience, and the sustainability of the electric energy sector across the region.”

Regional leaders engage in panel discussion

The CEO’s and Leadership Conference concluded with a renewed sense of urgency, purpose, and dedication among participants to guide the Caribbean energy sector towards a more sustainable future. As the region progresses towards cleaner and more resilient energy systems, CARILEC remains committed to empowering its members to take on a pivotal leadership role in shaping the future path towards achieving its vision of “working together to realize a sustainable energy future for the people of the Caribbean.”

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