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Renewable Energy is one of the most urgent challenges of this century that the world must address. The scientific community is unanimous in telling us that if we do not rapidly switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy, there is a danger that global warming will pass a tipping point beyond which uncontrollable feedback loops will lead to drastically increased temperatures.

With this in mind, the 2018 Renewable Energy and Smart Grid (ICT) Conference being held under the theme: “Energy Resilience and Independence”, will gather researchers, thought leaders, utility and energy professionals and vendors  and provide them with a unique platform to delve deeply into renewable energy and resilience from both a global and a regional perspective.

This conference is being strategically aligned with our CARILEC Renewable Energy Community (CAREC) platform current initiative to drive more knowledge, sharing and collaboration in the region’s energy sphere. 

The Conference will feature interactive-style workshops, networking opportunities, peer-to-peer learning and practical demonstrations of renewable energy best practice, resiliency planning, CARILEC Renewable Energy Community, and disaster management. It will also serve as a space for women professionals to connect with each other under the CARILEC & Women in Energy (WIRE) Strategic Partnership.    

To join us at this prestigious event from 23-27 September, 2018 in Miami contact our Marketing and Member Services Department today for further information on how you can attend or visit

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Who Attends!

  • ICT Professionals
  • CARILEC Renewable Energy Community Members(CAREC)
  • Electric Utilities Executives 
  • Financiers 
  • Researchers 
  • Energy leaders and experts
  • Officials
  • Project Managers
  • International Organizations and Academia
  • Donors 
  • NGOs 
  • Regulators
  • Students ( Get 50% off the regular rate!)
  • Vendors of Products and Services 
  • SmartGrid Experts
  • Energy Startups 

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Sunday 23rd September 2018 to Thursday 27th September 2018 , 7:30am to 8:00pm

Information to be updated as it becomes available.

You will be staying at …


 Hilton Miami Downtown



Room Rates are approximately US$184 per night.

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Title: Where the Customer and the Utility Meet: Integrating Renewables in Island Grids with the HOMER Software

Date: September 27, 2018

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m 

Rate: USD $100: Conference Delegates 

Rate: US $50: Students Only (Student ID Required) 

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Course Overview
Renewable energy, and in particular solar, is an important piece of island nations' plans to reduce and stabilize electricity prices, as well as critical for meeting national goals for resiliency. However, utilities tasked with implementing these goals are confronted with unique technical and economic challenges for installing renewable energy and batteries in their grids. At the same time, on the other-side of the customer meter, utility customers are installing renewable technologies and creating further challenges for traditional utility models.

In this interactive course, we will explore how technical constraints and economic limits affect island grid generation choices. We will provide participants with tools to evaluate the impacts of renewable energy and storage technologies on island utility grids. By the end of the course, we will have explored tools for understanding and communicating the impacts of renewable energy and storage for island utility systems to reduce costs and improve resiliency. We will also briefly explore the potential for customers in an island utility grid to use distributed energy resource (DER) for behind-the-meter resiliency and cost-savings.

This interactive course will use the HOMER software suite to explore the design, benefits, and challenges of these systems. It will familiarize you with the HOMER software's proven simulation-optimization-sensitivity analysis paradigm to allow you to get familiar with the use of solar and storage in island utility grids. 

The course is suitable for people who want to gain practical, hands-on experience designing those systems, as well as those who simply wish to become more knowledgeable on the benefits and challenges of renewable technologies in islands. If you wish to participate hands-on, a copy of the HOMER software suite will be provided for you to use on your own Windows-compatible laptop.

Course objectives
Participants will:

  • Learn techniques for modelling electricity supply options in island settings
  • Simulate a basic island grid powered by diesel
    quantify the impact of solar photovoltaics, and optimize the size based on technical constraints and economic benefits.
  • Model  the benefits of storage for fuel efficiency, reserve support, and renewable integration
  • Explore different options for dispatching diesel generators with renewables and storage  
  • Evaluate the impact of changing fuel prices and equipment costs on solar and storage in an island grid
  • Understand how customer-sited distributed generation and storage would interact with a utility grid
  • Explore the impact of tariffs and regulations on customer DER choice 
  • Learn new tools to rapidly assess island energy options, with a focus on the HOMER software suite

FacilitatorJohn Glassmire, Director of Energy Engineering, HOMER Energy

Participating Companies

  1. ABB Inc
  2. American Wire Group
  3. Antigua Power Company
  4. Asante Energy
  5. Association of Caribbean States
  6. Belize Electricity Limited
  7. BMR Energy
  9. Clinton Climate Initiative
  10. Clinton Foundation
  11. Core Development Group
  12. DHYBRID Power Systems GmbH
  13. Energy Dynamics Limited
  14. Enernet Global
  15. EZ Meter
  16. FortisTCI Limited
  17. The Government of St. Lucia
  18. Grenada Electricity Services Ltd
  19. Guyana Power and Light Inc
  20. Guyana Tourism Authority
  21. Haugland Energy
  22. IESCO
  23. IRENA
  24. Itron
  25. Jamaica Public Service Company
  26. LED Roadway Lighting Ltd
  27. Mauritius Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities
  28. Momentum Logistics
  29. Motor-Services Hugo Stamp
  30. Mustique Company Ltd.
  31. National Utilities Regulatory Commission
  32. NepCol International LLC
  33. Nevis Island Administration, Department of Physical Planning and Environment
  34. N.V. Energiebedrijven Suriname
  35. OECS Commission
  36. OneGRID Corp
  37. Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators
  38. Power Delivery Products
  39. Power Producers & Distributors Inc
  40. Primordial Engineering and Consultancy Ltd.
  41. Renewable Climate Honduras
  42. Rocky Mountain Institute
  43. Saft America, Inc.
  44. SENA
  45. Sensus
  46. Siemens
  47. St. Eustatius Utility Company
  48. St. Vincent Electricity Services Ltd
  49. Tantalus Systems
  50. Temporal Power
  51. The Barbados Light & Power Company
  52. The University of the West Indies
  53. TUGLIQ Energie S.A.R.F.
  54. United Nations Development Program
  55. Virgin Islands Water And Power Authority
  56. Wartsila
  57. WorleyParsons Trinidad Limited
  • Albert Gordon Guyana Power and Light Ltd
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Aleph Baumbach Homer Energy
    Energy & Head Support Engineer, Training Coordinator & Certified Trainer
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    Sunday 23rd September 2018 to Thursday 27th September 2018 , 7:30am to 8:00pm


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