Introduction


The Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) is an association of electric energy solutions providers and other stakeholders operating in the electricity industry in the Caribbean region, Central and South Americas and Globally. The CARILEC Secretariat endeavors to improve communication among its members, providing technical information, training, capacity building, conference, and other services. The Secretariat plays a leading role in electric utility advocacy, growth, and sustainability in the Region.

Brief History


CARILEC was established in 1989 with nine (9) members as part of an electric utilities modernization project funded by USAID and implemented by NRECA under a five-year “Co-operative Agreement.”

Membership


Currently, CARILEC has over one hundred and ten members (110). This includes thirty two(32) Full Members that are electric utilities and over 75 Independent Power Producers (IPPs), Associate and Affiliate Members that are companies involved in some aspect of servicing the electric utility business.

Corporate Governance


According to the CARILEC bye-laws provision is made for the appointment of a Board of Directors comprising not more than (15) and not less than (3) members to be responsible for policy governance. A Director shall be the Chief Executive/Operating Officer or a senior professional staff of a member utility. Provision is also made for the Directors to elect a Chairman and Vice Chairman from among them. Currently, the Board of Directors of CARILEC comprises a fifteen (15) member team. Thirteen (13) of the Directors are elected at the annual meeting of members from among the Full Members for a term of three (3) years each, while one (1) Director is elected to serve as a representative of the Associate Members for a period of one (1) year. The Board also comprises an ex-officio Executive Director who is responsible for the day to day administration of the Secretariat located in Saint Lucia and serves as the Company Secretary/Treasurer.