The Inter-American Dialogue is pleased to partner on the 2015 Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF), the largest annual gathering of the Caribbean energy market. CREF 2015 currently features confirmed participation from 18 Caribbean countries, an agenda comprising close to 80 speakers, and a strong turnout from project developers and providers of finance. 

Lisa Viscidi, director of the Dialogue’s Energy, Climate Change, and Extractive Industries Program, will participate in a panel about clean transportation.

Event Highlights

Regional & International Leaders Confirm for CREF

Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Warren Smith, president of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), will jointly take the stage to open proceedings at CREF 2015. Also confirmed is Amos J. Hochstein, special envoy for energy affairs at the US Department of State. They join senior officials from governments across the region.

Private Equity Taking a Closer Look at the Caribbean

Doug Hewson, managing partner of Portland Private Equity; Jose Ordonez, managing director at US Renewables Group; and Doug Anderson, partner at Power Capital Partners, are confirmed for a session led by Lynn Tabernacki of OPIC exploring bankability and what can be done to catalyze the flow of new sources of capital to Caribbean projects. 

Castalia and CREF to Launch Updated Project Marketplace

A unique resource available to all CREF participants, the Marketplace comprises vital information – including project size, technology, scale, status, capex, and more – on the regional pipeline of Caribbean projects. For more information on the Marketplace, and to submit a project for inclusion, please contact Matthew Perks at

Governments of Canada and UK Announce Participation in CREF

The Governments of Canada and the United Kingdom are confirmed as sponsors of CREF 2015. Canada will co-host a session on fostering private sector engagement in the renewables sector; the UK will co-host the CREF 2015 Utility Workshop which precedes CREF and which will focus on the implications for utilities of high renewable penetrations on island grids. They join the US which will be represented by senior officials from the US Trade and Development Agency and Departments of Energy and State.


Friends of the Dialogue are entitled to a 15% discount on the registration for CREF. To register please visit and provide discount code CREF2015-InterAmerican15 on the last page of the registration process.