Welcome to the June edition of Energy Panorama. We are pleased to share this month’s featured report, the summary and panel notes from the XXVIII La Jolla Energy Conference, as well as video highlights and sideline interviews.
As the summary reflects, the conference this year again contemplated the elements comprising the transformation rippling across the global energy sector. Conference discussions explored many of the angles, players, and implications associated with the global energy transition trends and developments, but also what is driving investment in the sector and where it is coming from.
Several discussions included a view over the horizon for issues and developments that will shape the Latin American energy sector of tomorrow. This was particularly true with a lively opening workshop focused on lithium and the so-called Lithium Triangle in Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.
Panels and breakout sessions delved into myriad segments of the energy sector such as cyber security, transparency and corruption, natural gas and renewables, roof top vs. utility scale energy resources, grid flexibility, regional integration, among others. There was also ample time and robust discussion focused on key country-specific developments in the region including Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela.
Our podcast series this month assessed the importance of Argentina’s historic first LNG export cargo and Energy Transition Initiative Director Cecilia Aguillon contributed commentary on digital technology in Latin America’s power sector for the Inter-American Dialogue’s Energy Advisor.
We look forward to our collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Non Renewable Natural Resources in Ecuador for our Energy Roundtable set for July 25 in Quito, as well as our partnership with IPD Latin America for the inaugural Madrid Energy Conference set for Sep 4-6 in Madrid, Spain.
At the end of July, Institute of the Americas Energy Transition Initiative Director, Cecilia Aguillon visited El Salvador for strategic energy policy conversations and to participate in, the Salvadoran Association of Engineers and Architects ASIA Week 2019, “90 years of ASIA: El Salvador towards sustainable development.”
Cecilia Aguillon was a featured speaker at ASIA 2019. During her keynote presentation, Aguillon spoke about the IOA’s work on energy transition issues and shared her insights on renewable energy markets in the Americas. Her remarks and presentation focused on best practices and lessons learned from renewable energy market leaders in the Americas such as California, Brazil and México.
Aguillon also joined a panel discussion with Valdemar Saravia, member of the board of directors of the regulatory authority SIGET and vice president of ASIA; Silvia Vides, Director of the UNDP for El Salvador; Victor Ventura, Chief of Energy and Natural Resources Unit at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America in Mexico; and Herbert Palacios of the El Salvador´s National Energy Council. The panel featured a robust discussion centered around the opportunities and challenges of making energy policies, energy efficiency and renewable energy more accessible to people from all socio-economic sectors of El Salvador.
During her time in El Salvador, Aguillon took the opportunity to meet with newly appointed Director of the National Energy Council, Salvador Handal and the new Superintendent of the Regulatory authority SIGET, Manuel Aguilar. The meetings with these officials proved an important complement to her remarks and presentation at the conference and are crucial for maintaining the close relationship the Institute of the Americas has enjoyed with energy policymakers in El Salvador.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded in September 1960 by five countries: Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. They were to become the Founder Members of the Organization. Today, OPEC counts 14 Member Countries including Ecuador and Venezuela in Latin America.
The OPEC mission is to coordinate and unify the petroleum policies of its Member Countries and ensure the stabilization of oil markets in order to secure an efficient, economic and regular supply of petroleum to consumers, a steady income to producers and a fair return on capital for those investing in the petroleum industry.
Join us for a webinar and discussion with Leonardo Sempertegui, Ecuadorian attorney currently serving as the General Legal Counsel for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries based in Vienna, Austria. He will provide an overview of his organization’s mission and their analysis and perspectives with regards to the transformation of the global energy sector. Leonardo will also join us during our Madrid Energy Conferenceon September 4-6, 2019 in Madrid Spain.
The webinar will be held Wednesday, August 7 at 10:00am San Diego. Leonardo’s presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.