A new era for energy utilities

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(St. Lucia Star) The Caribbean’s utility landscape is shifting rapidly, especially for the region’s energy suppliers who are feeling the pressure from environmental concerns, juggling new innovations and incorporating emerging tech. With a new era and new challenges, industry body CARILEC is launching a strategic plan focused on cooperation and partnership that aims to transform the sector in a measured, responsive and realistic way.

Repositioning for renewables

Cletus Bertin Ph.D, originally from Saint Lucia, currently serving as Executive Director of CARILEC, is overseeing the industry group’s 2018-2022 strategic vision and energy resilience in the Caribbean (Photo via St. Lucia Star)

CARILEC is the Caribbean’s association of electric energy solution providers. Its membership numbers over 100 and comprises state-owned utilities as well as independent power providers. At the helm is Saint Lucian Dr. Cletus Bertin who joined the group in 2017 and was more than willing to take on the challenge of guiding CARILEC as it launched its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.

“It is not by chance that I came in at this point,” says CARILEC’s Executive Director. “What I bring to the table is a passion for innovation and change management. There is more we can do in the energy space and I’m excited to see what we can achieve.”

CARILEC recently celebrated its 30th anniversary and has seen a lot of activity in those three decades. “There have been numerous changes in the sector — changes in technology, legislation, consumer expectations, business, marketing and the environment,” says Dr Bertin. “That is what led to this repositioning of CARILEC to better cope with and anticipate these changes.”

Read more at: St. Lucia Star

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