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…)
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…)
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…)
The Institute of the Americas was pleased to collaborate on the inaugural “Women in Energy 2019” conference in Quito, Ecuador. Jacqueline Sanchez, Energy Policy Associate, participated on a panel of women professionals in the energy and finance sectors, including Daniela Espinosa, Co-founder and COO, Kushki, Laurie Fitzmaurice, VP Business Development Mexico, EDF Renewable Energy North America, Sofía Zárate, Commercial Specialist, US Embassy Quito and Rocio Velarde, Country Manager, Citibank Ecuador. The panel “Women Planning the Future” focused on key themes related to women in leadership, the role of technology, the current challenges and opportunities and the development opportunities for women empowerment for the next decade. (more…)
This December marks the one-year anniversary of Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s inauguration. A year into his term, there is considerable clarity as to how his policies have impacted the investment climate for the energy sector. At an event co-hosted by the Institute of the Americas and Inter-American Dialogue, panelists discussed the challenges and opportunities that private investors face across various sectors including power, renewables, oil and natural gas. (more…)