March 2020

March 2020

It is time for the March edition of Energy Panorama but first we would like to extend our best wishes to everyone directly affected by the Coronavirus and dealing with the duress and challenges caused by the pandemic.

At the end of February we hosted our annual Mexico Energy Roundtable in Mexico City. This month’s featured report is based upon discussions at the event.

Together with our partners at the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines, we formally launched a new webinar series: Critical Minerals and the Energy Transition. Through this webinar series we will examine the intersection of critical minerals and the global energy transition and implications for public policy and investment. Please join us on April 2, 14 and 23 for the first installments. Further details and registration can be found on the event listing and calendar.

Our traditional webinars continue and we hosted two in March. The first featured Jed Bailey of Energy Narrative and a great discussion of climate activism, the oil and gas sector and implications for Latin America. We also hosted David Goldwyn and Randy Bell at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, who shared insights derived from their report – A New Energy Strategy for the Western Hemisphere – on behalf of the US Department of Energy.

We are pleased to announce that effective April 1 energy economist and electric sector expert Andres Chambouleyron will join the Institute of the Americas as a non-resident fellow. Drawing upon his deep experience and knowledge of energy issues ranging from regulation, tariff policy, renewable energy markets, energy transition issues and electricity, his term as a fellow will include analysis of key public policy issues for the energy sector in the Americas and include research to be presented and published under the auspices of the IOA.

Andres, together with IOA non-resident fellows Leonardo Beltran and Nelson Narciso, and other experts, will contribute insights for a forthcoming series of interviews and report on the coronavirus and energy implications for key markets in Latin America.

Our analysis in March included an essay by Jeremy Martin on oil prices and the fuels market in Mexico as part of a special report published by the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, as well as an essay and broader insights on climate change and human rights by Jacqueline Sanchez.

In March we also launched our MOU with Inter Press Service News Agency to collaborate on content and a monthly opinion essay.  Our non-resident fellow Leonardo Beltran published the inaugural piece with insights and perspectives on how governments across the region can reorient their state-owned enterprises toward sustainability in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Our podcast series marked March 18, a seminal date in Mexico, to posit three areas and steps to improve the outlook for the energy sector in Mexico this year.

We are also pleased to continue to bring you the cogent insights of IOA board member Chris Sladen and his monthly essay written for ANZMEX.

Mexico Energy Roundtable Report


Opinion & Analysis

Mexico’s Fuels Market and a “Double Whammy”

Climate change and human rights

Walking the Talk on Climate Change after the Pandemic: Reorienting State-Owned Enterprises towards Sustainability

Energy matters – Breakdown or breakthrough? – ENERGY MATTERS © VOL. 14


Webinar: A New Energy Strategy for the Western Hemisphere

Webinar: Climate Change and the Oil Sector


Mexico Rumors Swirling About Private Sector Energy Projects

Walking the Talk on Climate Change after the Pandemic: Reorienting State-Owned Enterprises towards Sustainability

This article was first published by the IPS

By Leonardo Beltran

Leonardo Beltran is Non-Resident Fellow of the Institute of the Americas, Member of the Board of SEforALL, and former Deputy Secretary at the Mexican Department of Energy

Water falls through these enormous pipes to activate the 20 turbines of the Itaipu hydroelectric plant on the Brazilian-Paraguayan border. Credit: Mario Osava/IPS

MEXICO, Mar 31 2020 (IPS) – This year started with the news of the appearance of a new virus, COVID-19. The impact and severity of its effects in public health, mortality and the world economy are overwhelming. No public health system was prepared for this crisis, and yet governments are reacting deploying different policies to mitigate the crisis, and recover as fast as possible. (more…)

Mexico’s Fuels Market and a “Double Whammy”

Mexico’s Fuels Market and a “Double Whammy”

This article was first published by the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute

Jeremy Martin on March 30

Despite photos of the president hugging babies and shaking scores of hands across the country, Mexico is not immune to the double whammy hitting major economies and energy markets: low oil prices and demand destruction due to the coronavirus. Indeed, for Mexico there may actually be a quintuple whammy if you layer on top of the two global trends three more particular ones at home: a recession and spiraling peso, plummeting oil production, and a massively indebted and fiscally imbalanced national oil company in Pemex. (more…)

Climate change and human rights

Climate change and human rights

Impact on the wellbeing of women living in the world’s remote rural areas. What is the role and impacts of technology and innovation?

By Jacqueline Sanchez

Imagine a fresh homemade meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by you or your mother every day. Sounds delicious, right? But what does it imply for women living in remote rural areas of the world where biomass remains the primary energy source?

Roughly three billion people (nearly 45% of the world population) rely on traditional use of biomass for cooking. Given this dependency on biomass, women in rural areas are exposed to high levels of black carbon as they go about food preparation. They inhale it for prolonged periods of time causing health problems such as respiratory issues, blurry vision, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and even lung cancer. (more…)