The CARILEC Renewable Energy Community (CAREC) Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Conference was held from September 15 – 19, 2019 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami, Florida. The conference kicked off with a regulatory roundtable “Innovative Regulation in an Era of Disruption” which featured OOCUR members and others. OOCUR’s Executive Director, Kathleen Riviere-Smith brought remarks on behalf of OOCUR.
Mr. Justinn Kase, Executive Director, Independent Regulatory Commission (IRC) of Dominica and Mr. Courtney Francis, Manager – Engineering and Technical Analysis, Office of Utility Regulation (OUR), Jamaica and Ms. Estelle George, General Counsel at the National Utilities Regulatory Commission (NURC), St. Lucia were the utility regulators who spoke during the session.
Other speakers included Mr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager – Energy, CARICOM; Ms. Morsha Johnson-Francis, Electricity Regulatory Advisor. Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Guyana; and former Senator and Minister Darcy Boyce, Business Consultant, Evanson Strategy Consultants Inc., Barbados. Invited guests attended the roundtable which proved to be lively and robust. Attendees asked engaging questions which resulted in discussions that required additional time to be added to the session. The event was organized by CARICOM, CARILEC and OOCUR. The roundtable series is expected to continue during the 17th Annual OOCUR Conference to be held November 11 – 13, 2019 in Anguilla.
The Regulated Industries Commission of Trinidad & Tobago has a new Board of Commissioners. The new Chairman is Mrs. Dawn Callendar, a Certified Public Accountant, with over two decades of experience at the executive level. The Deputy Chairman is Mr. Raye Sandy.
Other Commissioners who were re-appointed are Mr. Clayton Blackman, Mr. Dexter Joseph and Mr. Vinodatt Lutchman. New appointments are Ms. Shalini Campbell and Dr. Michelle Shalandy. OOCUR would like to congratulate the new Chairman and Commissioners on their appointments and looks forward to working with the RIC on the advancement of utility regulation in the Caribbean.
The delivery of electricity service in respect of reliability, quality, cost of service and volatility of rates have been perennial concerns for many Jamaicans.