>The University of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Green
Technology Center and the VI Water and Power Authority will host a
Renewable Energy Forum on Sept. 20-21, at St. Thomas' Sugar Bay
Resort. The conference is part of the Caribbean Electricity Utility
Services Corporation's (CARILEC) annual series of conferences.
CARILEC is comprised of regional electric utility companies,
independent power producers, manufactures and suppliers.
This first-time event for UVI's Caribbean Green Technology Center
is designed as a call to action for decision makers across the
region. Its goals are to develop energy policies, to formulate a
roadmap designed to improve the energy sector and to reduce
vulnerability to external factors. It also aims to explore the
future of renewable and alternative energy to meet the regions'
future needs and achieve sustainable development.
The Renewable Energy Forum is expected to attract leaders from
electric utilities, governments, financial institutions,
international organizations and academia, along with energy
researchers, leaders, planners and experts from government and
The theme for the forum is "Caribbean Integration: An Electric
Utility Energy Diversification Strategy in a Challenging Global
Environment." Topics will include: integrating renewable energy
resources into the electricity grid, research and development,
power purchase agreements, resource assessment and project
development, driving renewable energy development through policy
and regulation, climate change and resource integration.
"This is precisely the type of conference this region needs," said
Dr. Wayne Archibald, director of UVI's Caribbean Green Technology
Center. "As costs for traditional energy rises to record levels,
the best minds of the Caribbean will have to sort out a tangible
pathway toward renewable energy. The time is now," Dr. Archibald
said. "We at the Caribbean Green Technology Center are certainly
ready for the challenge."
Heru Ofori-Atta, special advisor to UVI's Caribbean Green
Technology Center, said that addressing the implementation of
renewable energy is the paramount political, economic and social
issue of the day. "There is no single topic more important than
energy. Indeed, the cost of energy and the type of energy a society
use, will be the harbingers of a strong or weak economy," he said.
"I am proud to be associated with this conference as a positive
step toward a region-wide energy solution."
To register for the Renewable Energy Forum visit the website
http://cgtc.uvi.edu. For more
information call 340-693-1158 or 954-593-4998 or send e-mail to
The mission of The Caribbean Green Technology Center is to
coordinate and synthesize the efforts of diverse, talented and
willing people towards the goal of creating a "greener"