Castries, St. Lucia, September 12th, 2022: In the weeks leading up to the upcoming CARILEC Resilient Energy Community (CAREC) Conference and Exhibition, from September 25-29, 2022, dubbed (CAREC2022), CARILEC presents a thought-provoking, informative, and solutions-driven agenda, which addresses several critical electric energy sector topics.  These include clean energy transitioning, grid modernization planning, microgrid development and solutions, battery storage, cybersecurity, and e-mobility.  CARILEC has been able to attract highly qualified and eminent speakers to headline this event.  Conference speakers include leading renewable energy (RE) experts, industry regulators, senior government officials, experienced technical and procurement specialists, and utility engineers, to name a few.  CARILEC has also included a Regulatory Roundtable and Energy Storage Workshop as part of the proceedings, to increase value, knowledge sharing and networking opportunities for attendees. The Association has partnered with several sponsors and regional and international agencies, who have all significantly contributed towards the successful planning of the event.

CAREC2022 commences with a Regulatory Roundtable, under the theme ‘Introducing Supporting Regulation to Accelerate Energy Transition’.  The roundtable will be attended by regional government officials, energy sector regulators, utility leaders and energy policy makers.  Following the regulatory roundtable, the agenda is categorized into various content blocks, designed to keep attendees thoroughly engaged.  These content blocks will feature key energy sector topics and are further divided into sub-topic presentations. Notable presentations include, ‘The Upward Spiral: Bermuda’s Solution to Reversing the Utility Spiral’, to be delivered by Mr. Wayne Caines, President of the Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO) and CARILEC Board Director.  Another presentation will focus on ‘Microgrid Development for Resilience and RE Expansion’, facilitated by Ms. Amber Zirnhelt and Ms. Charlin Bodley, from the Energy Transition Academy, RMI.

Other agenda highlights include a presentation on ‘Critical Grid Infrastructure for RE Expansion’ by Tganni Louisy, Business Development Manager with Wärtsilä.  Also featured is a leadership panel discussion on the topic, ‘Modern Utility Crossword: To Lead Now or Be Regulated Later’.  The panel will comprise of Mr. Leroy A.E. Abraham, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) and Chairman of the CARILEC Board of Directors; Mrs. Ruth Forbes, President and CEO of FortisTCI and CARILEC Board Director; Mr. David Gumbs, Director, RMI Islands Energy Program; and Mr. Christopher Burgess, Director of Projects, RMI Islands Energy Program.  CARILEC is pleased to feature several of its valued members and partners, who are leading experts in their respective fields, as speakers at this conference.

The agenda culminates with a Post-Training Energy Storage Workshop (September 28-29) which will focus on strategies to manage complexity and increase energy reliability and stability of supply when integrating renewables.  This workshop and other components of CAREC2022 are being supported by The Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) Resilience, Sustainable Energy and Marine Biodiversity Program (RESEMBID) through the European Union (EU) under CARILEC Resiliency and Energy Efficiency Project (CAREEP), the Canadian Government through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Caribbean Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE).

CAREC2022 is made possible through the generous and most esteemed sponsorship from the following distinguished sponsors: MSHS (Diamond Sponsor), Aggreko (Platinum Sponsor), Bermuda Electric Light Company – BELCO (Emerald Sponsor), AWG (Emerald Sponsor), Accelleron (Gold Sponsor), Altec (Silver Sponsor), BWSC (Bronze Sponsor), Koppers (Bronze Sponsor), Tantalus (Bronze Sponsor), and Wärtsilä (Bronze Sponsor).

For more information on the agenda, sponsors, and speakers at CAREC2022, visit our event page at:


For further information, contact:

Karen C. Piper

Assistant Manager, Communications & Disaster Management

Mobile Phone : +1 (758) 728 9212

Email : [email protected]


The Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation (CARILEC) is an association of energy solution providers and other stakeholders operating in the electricity industry in the Caribbean. CARILEC was established in 1989 with nine (9) members as part of an electric Utilities modernization project funded by USAID and implemented by NRECA under a five-year “Co-operative Agreement.” Currently, CARILEC comprises over one hundred members. This includes thirty-three (33) Full Members that are electric Utilities, and over eighty (80) Independent Power Producers (IPPs), Associate and Affiliate Members that are companies involved in some aspect of servicing the electric Utility business.


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