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Cayman hosts CARILEC conference

Utility companies met for the third time here in Cayman in a conference over the weekend held at the Marriott Resort discussing plans to move towards renewable energy for the Caribbean.

Over 120 CEO’s were in attendance for the Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation (CARILEC) conference where members at the conference shared ideas and challenges on how utility companies will shape up towards a future of renewable energy for the Cayman Islands and other Caribbean territories.

Chief Executive Officer of CUC Richard Hew says despite not many in attendance from the local community, it’s imperative to note that the island would be pleased with the current accomplishments of CUC.

“They would find that CUC isn’t doing that badly at all. In fact in the region I would say that we are looked up to with a lot of things that we do when it comes to reliability track record, safety track record, when it comes to the legislation and safety that we have despite some people thinking it’s generous to CUC or what have you,” Mr. Hew Said.

Mr Hew mentioned the five megawatt Solar Farm recently installed in Bodden Town and said the future of Cayman will be using up more solar power readily available.

“We’ll take on as much Solar as we can take on the system to not only to be environmentally friendly, but to give us an alternative to diesel prices which fluctuate with the world market,” Mr. Hew added as he touched on the need for a future of solar energy dominating Cayman.

Keynote speaker of the event was the Former Assistant Secretary General to the United Nations Ms. Elizabeth Thompson who was also the Minister of Energy for Barbados for over 14-years.

The ceremony started on Sunday (May 15) and was finalized today (May 17) with a closing seminar.

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Mario Grey

Mario Grey

Mario Grey's passion for journalism has been long intertwined with his love of people and culture from his days as a youth growing up in the Cayman Islands. He captained his debate team whilst at John Gray High School and graduated as Head Prefect. He also worked at KVHU FM in Searcy, Arkansas, United States and worked and interned for Radio Cayman News before graduating from the University Of Arkansas at Little Rock in May 2015.

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