Looking for Jobs in Latin America – Can the Energy Transition Help?

This article was first published at IPS News Sep 22 2020

By Rene Roger Tissot


Itaipu hydroelectric power station

Itaipu, the largest hydroelectric power station in the Americas, shared by Brazil and Paraguay on their Paraná river border. Credit: Mario Osava / IPS


VERNON, Canada, Sep 22 2020 (IPS) – Can the “energy transition” in Latin America help address the risks caused by greenhouse gases (GHG) on the climate, and the economic depression caused by the pandemic?

Energy transition refers to the shift from fossil-based systems of energy production and consumption — including oil, natural gas, and coal — to renewable energy (RE) sources like wind and solar, etc. Proponents of investments in RE highlight investments’ impacts on jobs and industrialization opportunities. (more…)

A Not-To-Do List for Guyana’s New Administration When It Comes to Oil

This article was first published by Inter Press Service (IPS)



Aerial view of Georgetown, Guyana

Aerial view of Georgetown, Guyana. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPS


LA JOLLA, California, Aug 24 2020 (IPS) – Just over five years ago, a major oil discovery occurred on the northeastern coast of South America. There have been a series of additional discoveries ever since. But this time it was not Venezuela. It was Guyana. (more…)

Pros and Cons of a Super Regulator – The case of the Spanish Regulator

This article was first published by Inter Press Service (IPS)


Leonardo Beltrán and Andrés Chambouleyron are non-resident Fellows at the Institute of the Americas located in La Jolla, California.

Extraordinary session of the Senate of the Republic of Mexico, June 29, 2020. Credit: Senado de Mexico.


LA JOLLA, California, United States, Jul 20 2020 (IPS) – On June 10, 2020, Senator Ricardo Monreal, President of the Political Coordination Board of the Senate of Mexico, presented a legislative initiative to reform Article 28 of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, in order to cluster in a single regulator of economic competition, the Telecommunications, Broadcasting and Energy sectors. (more…)