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Agenda

  
7:30am

Opening of registration desk

8:30am - 9:30am

GAVIII opening ceremony

  
Block 1: POLICY
9:30am - 10:00am

Presentation

Stakeholder Alignment for Increased Renewable Energy and Climate Resilience

Sustainable development in island nations touches a broad spectrum of stakeholders with different and possibly opposing interests. It introduces new challenges for utility companies to maintain reliable operations and deal with for example the implications of increased distributed (private) generation. Moreover, an increasing emphasis on the Blue Island/Circular and resource efficient economy creates an even stronger link between energy and other domains such as water production, domestic food supply, waste management and climate adaptation. This brings more stakeholders to the table. How then can new public and private leadership foster stakeholder collaboration across this value chain and ensure the necessary policy alignment for achieving Zero Emission Climate Resilience?

Speaker

10:00am - 10:30am

Presentation

Stakeholder Alignment: the Case of Aruban Utility Companies

Aruba's power generation and distribution have been in the hands of separate companies for a long time. And although, they rely 100% on each other, there was no need to cooperate towards a higher degree of renewable energy generation up until recently. Now, after investing in alignment efforts new doors are opening to advance the energy system of Aruba in a more integrated fashion towards a higher degree of sustainability.

Speaker

10:30am - 11:00am
Networking break
11:00am - 12:00pm

Panel discussion

On the Role of CARILEC in Advancing Stakeholder Alignment

As the need for stakeholder alignment grows one may wonder how the association of Caribbean electric utilities can contribute to this process given its current mission to enhance the effectiveness of its members. How can the similarity of utility environments in the Caribbean be put to the advantage of stakeholder alignment? But even more interesting is to hear from utility directors how they are dealing with stakeholder alignment in their particular situation.

Speakers

Moderated By

12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lunch networking break
1:30pm - 2:00pm

Science On a Sphere® (SOS)

Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is a visualization platform developed by NOAA, and this exhibition is supported by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the office of Space Communications and Navigation. Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, developed Science On a Sphere® as an educational tool to display global data the way it should be viewed - on a sphere!

NASA Sees the Earth from Space

This presentation provides the conferees with a space based perspective on our home planet. We make the case for the ready availability of NASA data to guide the research and planning for a clean energy future.

Speaker

NOAA SOS NASA

  
Block 2: Finance & Economics
2:00pm - 2:30pm

Presentation

Blockchain Technology Financial Potential for Utility Companies

Blockchain technology, the power behind Bitcoin, promises to open new doors for conducting business in ways that allow all to participate in the financing and management of how power is produced and consumed. For example, 'crowd sourcing' as a means to pay for new green power generating solutions. Also consider how blockchain accounting and incentives, can motivate a consumer to consider wind turbines or solar panels; thus becoming a producer for the grid as well. But what problems does this technology really solve for the energy sector? Hybrid energy sources is a reality, and is a major concern for all utilities. Blockchain is one possible solution... Still, what are the risks or disadvantages for established energy providers? We will discuss real life examples of how blockchain is used within the energy sector.

Speaker

  • Joel S Binn, Blockchain Strategy and Product Expert, Whitehall World Wide
2:30pm - 3:00pm

Presentation

On the Trends in a Changing Utility Landscape

From disruptive technologies to new demands from customers utility companies are currently facing many changes in a relatively short time span compared to their long term investments. These changes ultimately suggest that utility companies cannnot continue doing as usual. But what do these trends mean for small island nations? And what new trends are developing within the utility sector itself in order to cope with the changing markets?

Speaker

  • Chris Holmes, Technical Lead Principal, Electric Power Research Institute.
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Networking break
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Panel Discussion

Utility Business Model Revisited

The increasing accessibility to renewable energy and storage technologies suggests very strongly that utility companies are being pushed to offer more to their clients in order to avoid grid or load defection. But what exactly should be changed about their current kWh-business-model?

Speakers

Moderated by

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Science On a Sphere® (SOS)

Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is a visualization platform developed by NOAA, and this exhibition is supported by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the office of Space Communications and Navigation. Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, developed Science On a Sphere® as an educational tool to display global data the way it should be viewed - on a sphere!

NASA data aids planning and adaptation

This presentation provides the conferees with NOAA and NASA observations of Earth Systems from space, during recent hurricane events, and the underlying processes. As the conferees face the challenges of mitigation and adaptation we use CReSIS data to discuss sea level rise in the Caribbean. In closing we cover the challenges the nations of the world are addressing at COP23.

Speaker

NOAA SOS NASA

  
7:30am

Opening of registration desk

8:30am - 9:00am

Science On a Sphere® (SOS)

Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is a visualization platform developed by NOAA, and this exhibition is supported by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the office of Space Communications and Navigation. Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, developed Science On a Sphere® as an educational tool to display global data the way it should be viewed - on a sphere!

NASA data supports clean energy planning

This presentation provides the conferees with NOAA and NASA observations of Earth Systems from space. The US Government NREL office provides data and planning support for solar and wind power systems around the world.

Speaker

NOAA SOS NASA

9:00am - 9:30am

Testimonial: COE's recent mission to Jamaica

Knowledge is our most renewable resource, according to the COE, the Centre of Excellence for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States. The COE is a UNDP initiative based on Aruba that supports islands by facilitating knowledge exchange of good practices. Sustainable Energy is one of its key focus areas. During this testimonial, the COE will present highlights from one of its recent activities - a technical assistance mission to Jamaica re energy systems on islands - that was carried out by experts from TNO Caribbean on COE's behalf.

Speaker

  • Arno Boersma, Manager, Centre of Excellence for Small Island Developing States
  
Block 3: Technology
9:30am - 10:00am

Presentation

On Aruba's Technical Platform to Advance Renewable Energy Integration

As the penetration of intermittent renewable energy sources increases on Aruba it becomes necessary to replace the dependency of the system reliability on fossil fuel technologies with storage systems. It boils down to a growing technical complexity of the energy generation as renewable energy uptake grows.

Speaker

10:00am - 10:30am

Presentation

Intelligent Generation Management System as the Brain of Future Energy Systems

Managing generation assets in real-time for lowest cost or highest reliability or even highest uptake of renewable energy is simply beyond the capabilities of manual operators. But which parts exactly of the power grid should be controlled and what are the risks of losing automated control?

Speaker

10:30am - 11:00am
Networking break
11:00am - 12:00pm

Panel Discussion

What Energy System Automation means for the Customer

The need for energy system automation towards higher degrees of sustainability needs no explanation to those within the energy sector. But how about the energy consumer, who experiences mostly the reliability, affordability of the energy being provided?

Speakers

Moderated by

12:00am - 12:30pm

Auction

12:30pm - 1:45pm
Networking lunch break
1:45pm - 2:15pm

Science On a Sphere® (SOS)

Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is a visualization platform developed by NOAA, and this exhibition is supported by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the office of Space Communications and Navigation. Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, developed Science On a Sphere® as an educational tool to display global data the way it should be viewed - on a sphere!

NASA observations used for modeling

This presentation provides the conferees with NASA observations of Earth Systems, and the challenges that they must address in the immediate future.

Speaker

NOAA SOS NASA

  
Block 4: Environment
2:15pm - 2:35pm

Presentation

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity applied to Spatial Planning

In 2016 a TEEB study has been conducted in Aruba revealing the manner in which the locals value nature. Meanwhile the spatial planning is coming up for revision in 2019 and this is a perfect timing to also use this research as an input for a more thorough discussion of how the valuation of nature can be included for better decision making.

Speaker

2:35pm - 2:45pm

Testimonial: Captains & Student Workshop - Green vs. Green

Speaker

2:45pm - 3:15pm

Presentation

Aruba Algae – From Idea to Reality

Imagine harnessing the economic potential of one of earths oldest live forms by using a waste product. That's what Aruba did when it looked at ways to green its refinery operations. By using CO2 as a feedstock to produce valuable micro-algae a consortium of Refineria di Aruba, CITGO and R&D institute TNO are working to create new circular economic opportunities in an island setting. Aruba Algae, Imagine, Innovate and Create new opportunities in food, cosmetics and health.

Speaker

3:15pm - 3:45pm
Networking break
3:45pm - 4:15pm

Panel Discussion

On the Carrots and Sticks of Developing Local Support for Environmental Issues

Many claim to embrace the conservation of nature, but practice shows that few are actually committed. It turns out to be quite a challenge to engage the community in environmental issues and even more so if they are expected to contribute directly to the solutions. Are incentives to induce a new attitude towards nature more effective than for example legislation or maybe a combination? And which ones do actually work in the Caribbean setting?

Speakers

  • Maria Pia Hernandez, Specialist in Monitoring and Evaluation - Mesoamerica - Rights and Environmental Governance Unit, IUCN
  • Karen Schutt, Advisor Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy, Government of Colombia
  • Ethan Elkind, Director, Climate Program, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, UCLA

Moderated by

4:15pm - 4:45pm

Closing Remarks

7:00pm - 10:00pm
Green Aruba VIII Closing Reception

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