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Geothermal key topic at Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum, Miami – Oct. 18-20, 2017

Discussions at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum 2016 (source: New Energy Events)
Alexander Richter 28 Aug 2017

Geothermal is one of the key topics of the upcoming annual Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum to take place October 18-20, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

The Carribean Renewable Energy Forum CREF 2017, is the largest annual gathering of the Caribbean energy market. This year it will take place at the JW Marriott Marquis, Miami, October 18-20, 2017.

In 2016, 500 attendees from 50 countries attended, with over 20 Caribbean countries were represented either by their government or by their utility, or in many instances, by both.

This year’s agenda has a number of sessions on or with geothermal energy as a topic.

Session – Two islands, two geothermal projects: St. Kitts & Nevis

Two islands, under one flag, St. Kitts and Nevis are each pressing ahead with their own geothermal projects. As both projects become more likely, Minister Troy Liburd of Nevis and Minister Ian Liburd of St. Kitts take the stage to explore how the two projects would complement each other and address key questions from investors around bankability.

Session: New approaches to procurement: The Changing Face of Baseload in the Caribbean

For most Caribbean islands, intermittency is on the rise, making base-load arguably more – not less – essential. Utilities, though, have a broader range of options then in the past and are looking beyond the traditional source of diesel for firm power. Biomass, natural gas, waste-to-energy, ocean thermal and geothermal are all on the table, but how credible are they? If diesel is our benchmark, how do other sources match up in terms of pricing, volatility and readiness for deployment?

Session: Eastern Caribbean: A Portfolio of Projects Emerge

Emera Caribbean has led the charge in Barbados with a 10 MW solar installation. Turks and Caicos (1 MW solar) and St. Lucia (3.2 MW) solar are also registering success stories. Meanwhile plans for Dominica’s geothermal plant have, after several false starts, real momentum.

Session: Innovation: Energy Exports and Interconnecting Islands

As momentum builds for geothermal on small islands, there is a renewed interest in the economics and viability of subsea interconnection and the cross-border sale of excess capacity. Can the Caribbean make this happen? Who will build, who will finance, who will own the assets?

The current agenda can be found here.

Source: Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum