Events

Below you will find information about energy-related events for islands. Some of the following documents are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs.

Upcoming Events

Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum 2012

Location: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Dates: October 15-17

Join senior government officials, utility executives, regional and international developers, senior multilateral officers, commercial and investment bankers, and other providers of capital, technology, and expertise for two days of high-level debate, discussion, and networking. The agenda for CREF 2012 features a rich and diverse lineup of speakers tackling the defining energy issues confronting the Caribbean region, including energy policy, project bankability, utilities and distributed generation, investment opportunities in Puerto Rico, regional interconnection, the technological landscape, waste-to-energy, and more.

Past Events

CARILEC Renewable Energy Forum 2012: Energy Security—Real or Imaginary?

Location: Fairmont Hotel, Southhampton, Bermuda
Date: September 17–19, 2012

The Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation's (CARILEC's) annual Renewable Energy Forum addressed the rapid growth of world energy demand, declining conventional primary energy resources and growing concerns about pollution and global warming combined with limited worldwide investment capacity, all of which have created near- and long-term challenges in the power industry. Many believe that energy security is achievable in the Caribbean and that the answer lies in more sustainable forms of generation, particularly renewable energy sources. Yet there has not been a revolutionary movement toward renewables in the region, and this forum explored why not, examining the whole picture, including the peculiarities of small island states.

Joint IRENA-CARILEC Workshop: Accelerating Renewable Energy Developments within the Caribbean

Location: Southhampton, Bermuda
Date: September 17, 2012

Organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in collaboration with the Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation (CARILEC), this workshop discussed the opportunities and challenges facing renewable energy deployment in the Caribbean islands. It was held in the margins of CARILEC's Renewable Energy Conference on September 17 in Bermuda. The workshop also covered technology solutions, financial requirements, and how IRENA and its partners can contribute to deployment within the region.

EDIN-USVI Community Clean Energy Workshop

Location: Bjerget House, 56-58 Hill Street, Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI
Date: June 11, 2012

This workshop focused on ongoing projects and strategies for achieving 60% clean energy by 2025 as part of the Energy Development in Island Nations (EDIN)-U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) project launched in 2010 with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The EDIN partners met with members of the USVI Energy Action Team, project working groups, local VIenergize Partners, and other community clean energy champions at the U.S. Viking/Bjerget House on St Croix. The historic site received energy efficiency upgrades this spring, thanks to a DOE grant administered by the Virgin Islands Energy Office as part of the Wise Investments Save Energy (WISE) program. The workshop was followed by a 5 p.m. cocktail reception hosted by EDIN-USVI VIenergize Partner Quality Electric Supply (QES) to kick off its Energy Week events, including the QES Renewable Energy and Water Production Conference.

QES Renewable Energy and Water Production Conference

Location: VI Cardiac Center at Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center, 4007 Estate Diamond Ruby, Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI
Dates: June 12–13, 2012.

Attended by commercial and industrial business owners this intensive conference, featured presentations by international energy experts and equipment manufacturers cutting‐edge renewable energy and water production technologies designed for tropical environments. Speakers addressed the environmental impact on the territory, renewable energy projects under way, and strategies/projects for reducing energy costs and producing renewable energy and water across the territory in the future.

2011 Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum

Location: Hilton Barbados, Bridgetown, Barbados
Date: October 12–14, 2011

The Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum is one of the largest and most influential gatherings of renewable energy stakeholders in the Caribbean. Co-hosted by New Energy Events LLC and the Government of Barbados, this year's event focused on topics that are new to the regional spotlight, including electric vehicles and ocean technologies, while continuing to explore the role of the utility, renewable energy project financing, policy issues, and similar topics that that have historically been center-stage. The highly interactive format gave attendees the opportunity to benefit from the insights and experience of some of the most influential figures working in renewable energy today. Speakers included The Hon. Freundel Stuart, Q.C., M.P., Prime Minister, Government of Barbados; Albert R. Ramdin, Assistant Secretary General, Organization of American States (OAS); Dr. Steve Oney, Chief Science Officer, Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation; Gary Putt, Executive Director, New Zealand Geothermal Institute; Jason Timothy, Project Coordinator, Geothermal Project Management Unit, Commonwealth of Dominica; Philippe Benoit, Sector Manager, Energy, World Bank; and many more.

2011 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo

Location: Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
Date: September 13–15, 2011

Through strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 corporations, the U.S. military, and Hawaiian Electric Industries' multiple renewable and microgrid pilot programs, Hawaii has become one of the world's leading incubators for clean energy technology deployment. This summit provided a forum for key players to demonstrate the future of clean energy generation and smart grid infrastructure while giving participants an opportunity to meet and network with energy leaders from across the Pacific Rim, Hawaii, and the defense industry.

U.S. Virgin Islands Community Energy Workshop

Location: University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix, USVI
Date: September 15–16, 2011

This workshop, which was open to the general public, focused on transitioning from the planning and assessment phases into the implementation phase of the EDIN-USVI project. USVI-based project partners, including the Virgin Islands Energy Office and the VI Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, and working group chairs presented progress reports, shared lessons learned, and summarized the results of feasibility studies and analyses that informed the development of the USVI Energy Road Map released in September 2011. In addition, working groups teamed with project stakeholders, local business leaders, and interested community members during facilitated breakout sessions focused on advancing energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation, and community outreach and education projects in the USVI.

CARILEC Renewable Energy Forum

Location: Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, St. Thomas, USVI
Date: September 20–21, 2011

With a focus on Caribbean grid integration and energy diversification, this event provided an opportunity for energy leaders and experts to exchange views on emerging regional and global issues related to energy policies, programs, technologies, and investment opportunities. In addition, it served as a forum for sharing information on renewable energy progress in the region and developing a road map to achieving national and regional clean energy policies and goals.

Optimized Energy Solutions for Tropical Environments Commercial and Industrial Conference

Location: Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, VI Cardiac Center, 4007 Estate Diamond Ruby, Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Date: June 28, 2011, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by EDIN-USVI Partner Quality Electric Supply, Inc., this conference focused on cost-effective and efficient solutions for energy savings in commercial and industrial applications. Featured speakers discussed a variety of energy-saving solutions for tropical environments, including solar LED lighting, lighting controls, power generation, power quality, water management, and building automation.

Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Solar RFP–Informational Webinar

Location: Online teleconference, 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time (AST)
Date: June 13, 2011

VI WAPA presented a pre-bid teleconference and informational Webinar on its request for proposals (RFP) to purchase solar photovoltaic (PV) generation from independent power producers. In addition, site visits will take place on June 30 and July 1 for all interested parties. Proposals are due on September 27. A guaranteed commercial operation date has been set for December 2013. To review the full solar PV RFP and related information, visit VI WAPA's Website.

U.S. Virgin Islands Energy Workshop

Location: University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, USVI
Dates: April 7–9, 2011

This three-day EDIN workshop provided a forum for government, utility, education, and businesses leaders; environmental groups; clean energy advocates and developers; and others to engage in collaborative planning with working group leads on strategies aimed at advancing the USVI's clean energy goals.

Low-Carbon Communities in the Caribbean Clean Energy Workshops

Location: Golden, Colorado
Dates: March 1–2, 2011

To assist with efforts to address the Caribbean region's significant energy challenges, NREL hosted a Low-Carbon Communities in the Caribbean (LCCC) workshop in Golden, Colorado, on March 1-2.

One of the multiple Energy and Climate Change Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) initiatives, the LCCC project is a collaborative effort between NREL and the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States (OAS). The initiative is co-financed by the OAS Caribbean Sustainable Energy Project (CSEP) and DOE. The LCCC project aims to advance the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Caribbean region, in part through education and training aimed at breaking down existing barriers and increasing human capacity. Like many island nations and territories around the world, the Caribbean islands face critical challenges with regard to the generation, delivery, and consumption of energy. All are highly dependent on imported fossil fuels for electricity generation and transportation. Conversely, they boast abundant renewable natural resources and a significant potential for energy efficiency. Yet to date, the development and implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, systems, and services in the Caribbean region is limited. The two-day workshop at NREL drew delegates representing island energy ministries, utilities, and utility associations in St. Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, The Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Curacao. The workshop featured presentations on the various technical, policy, and financing considerations of a wide range of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency and savings alternatives, all focused on addressing the common energy challenges faced by islands in the Caribbean region. Attendees also had an opportunity to tour NREL's state-of the-art Research Support Facility, which is a world model for energy-efficient building design, and the National Wind Technology Center. The workshop culminated in a facilitated discussion among Caribbean delegates and the NREL, OAS, and DOE presenters.

Eleventh Annual Platts Caribbean Energy Conference

Location: Trump International Beach Resort, Miami, Florida
Date: January 27–28, 2011

This annual conference featured presentations from industry leaders highlighting the latest insights and information from more than 30 industry leaders on lowering energy costs, increasing energy efficiency, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Among the topics they covered were energy project investment outlook and opportunities; strategies for lowering fuel costs and ensuring supply security; sustainable national and regional energy policy development; energy efficiency programs such as pre-paid metering, smart metering, net metering, and net billing; regional power interconnection; development of regional renewable resources for greater energy self-sufficiency; and more. In addition, more than 20 case studies presented at the conference introduced attendees to innovative solutions to Caribbean energy challenges along with lessons learned.

U.S. Virgin Islands Energy Workshop

Location: University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix, USVI
Date: November 15–16, 2010

EDIN's U.S. partners convened with members of the USVI Energy Action Team, project working groups, local clean energy advocates, and other key stakeholders to develop and refine key strategies for achieving a 60% reduction in fossil fuel consumption in the USVI by 2025. The workshop provided a forum for government, utility, education, and businesses leaders; environmental groups; clean energy advocates and developers; and others to present progress reports, data analyses, and lessons learned, as well as engage in collaborative planning. The focus of the workshop was clean energy strategy and policy development, with particular emphasis on transportation and green jobs. Experts from the NREL, DOE, DOI, and the private sector reported on progress and opportunities in the areas of clean energy policy, energy efficiency, transportation, education and workforce development, and renewable energy generation and transmission.

Polynesia/Micronesia Regional Symposium on Energy Security

Location: Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Date: October 19–21, 2010

Hosted by the EDIN partnership, this invitation-only venue introduced Pacific island nations and territories to the successful model that is already helping island nations and territories implement cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to increase energy security. Tailored to address the energy challenges of Polynesia/Micronesia, this three-day symposium featured facilitated peer-to-peer information exchanges among Pacific islands as well as presentations by energy experts on technology assessment and financing methods, effective policy development, and energy planning and implementation. The focus of the symposium was on integrated clean energy deployment methodologies for comprehensively addressing island energy challenges, including extreme dependence on imported fossil fuels.

Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo

Location: Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu
Date: August 30–September 2, 2010

This event provided a forum for more than 1,200 government leaders, industry professionals, researchers, service and technology providers, customers, and facilitators interested in clean energy development in the Asia Pacific region. The summit addressed public policy affecting the renewable energy field; state-of-the-art systems and equipment and emerging technologies; market demand for renewable energy technology in the region; clean energy education; and the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative. Special sessions focused on energy efficiency, solar, wind, biofuels, geothermal, ocean energy, energy policy, and investment in renewable energy projects. A key focus was China's investment in renewable energy. A trade show highlighted Hawaii's advances as an early adopter of clean energy solutions and feature innovative clean energy technologies, services, and ideas from around the world. Innovations in smart grid, building efficiency, fuel cells, energy storage, and renewable energy technologies were showcased to increase awareness and facilitate funding opportunities and partnerships.

U.S. Virgin Islands Energy Workshop

Location: University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, USVI
Date: June 14–16, 2010

EDIN's U.S. partners met with members of the USVI Energy Action Team and formed working groups to begin charting a course for a clean energy future for the USVI. The workshop provided a forum for discussion, education, and collaborative planning among government, utility, education, and businesses leaders; environmental groups; and other key stakeholders. The focus of the workshop was on clean energy strategy and policy development, including technical and financial considerations. Clean energy experts from the NREL, DOE, DOI, and the private sector presented information on energy efficiency, transportation, and renewable energy generation and transmission. In addition, Dr. Kenneth Kao, lecturer in architecture and faculty advisor for Harvard's Green Campus Initiative, provided thought leadership on building energy efficiency. Three days of intensive meetings culminated with a collaborative brainstorming session designed to develop strategies for outreach and communications to build grassroots support for the territory's clean energy agenda.

Energy and Climate Ministerial of the Americas

Location: Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C.
Date: April 15–16, 2010

Attended by energy ministers from across the hemisphere, the Energy and Climate Ministerial of the Americas, hosted by U.S. Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu, is part of the ECPA, which President Barack Obama invited all democratically elected governments to join in April 2009 at the Summit of the Americas. ECPA is comprised of voluntary initiatives focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy, cleaner fossil fuels, infrastructure, and energy poverty. At the Ministerial, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton underscored the U.S. commitment to helping governments achieve low-carbon economic growth and highlighted new initiatives that the Department of State is sponsoring under ECPA to expand energy and climate cooperation in the Americas. The Secretary also announced the expansion of ECPA climate cooperation to include future initiatives, including Advancing Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean, Strengthening Central American Energy and Environmental Security, Advancing Sustainable Biomass Energy, and Peace Corps Renewable Energy and Climate Change Initiative.

Island Clean Energy Workshops

Location: Golden, Colorado
Dates: February 16–18, 2010; March 1–2, 2010

Because island communities are particularly vulnerable to skyrocketing oil prices and rising sea levels, reducing dependence on fossil fuels has become a top priority for islands around the world. To assist with efforts to increase island energy security, NREL is sharing wins and lessons learned from the work it is doing to support island clean energy initiatives in Hawaii and Alaska with other islands, including the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In support of EDIN's USVI pilot project, NREL hosted a workshop for more than 25 government leaders, energy office officials, and utility company executives from the U.S. Virgin Islands. The workshop kicked off with Gov. John P. de Johngh Jr.'s announcement of the territory's goal of a 60% reduction in fossil fuel-based energy consumption by 2025. During the three-day workshop, NREL experts provided a wealth of information on clean energy strategy and policy development; energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment; and energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Among the topics covered were green jobs development, landfill gas conversion, advanced vehicle and fleet planning, energy efficient building design, and energy savings performance contracts. Officials from the state of Hawaii and Kodiak, Alaska, also presented case studies on their island clean energy initiatives. In addition to disseminating valuable knowledge and experience, the workshop provided a forum for robust face-to-face discussion among stakeholders and gave them an opportunity to focus on energy strategy intensively for three days. The event culminated with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding among the USVI, DOE, and DOI, which establishes the objectives of the USVI pilot project and outlines how NREL and DOE will work with USVI to develop and implement a strategy to increase energy security in the territory.

NREL hosted another Clean Energy Workshop March 1–2, when the governors of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam convened at NREL to explore ways of improving energy efficiency and increasing renewable energy technologies in the U.S. Pacific territories.

Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF)

Location: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Date: October 15–16, 2009

A new conference designed to increase renewable energy implementation across the Caribbean region, this forum was designed for Caribbean regional governments, utilities, the private sector, regional and international investors, technology providers, and others. A hands-on, results-oriented event, CREF tackled the bottleneck issues of financing, regulation, and long-term project profitability.

EDIN Open House

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Date: April 8, 2009

During this event, members of the EDIN steering committee discussed EDIN goals, answered questions about the initiative, and introduced new pilot projects.