November 2019

November 2019

Welcome to the November edition of Energy Panorama. This month we continued our discussion of lithium and critical minerals with a panel at the Institute of the Americas in La Jolla and presentation by Emily Hersh. See presentation and video below.

Mexico’s evolving energy sector and outlook for renewables were the focus of our podcast series and an essay in World Politics Review. We also weighed in on changes in Ecuador’s ministry of energy and outlook for the nation’s oil sector as part of the Inter-American Dialogue’s Energy Advisor.

We are pleased to share the short highlight video and photo gallery from our Roundtable in Bogota and discussion of the future of Colombia’s oil and gas sector; later this month we’ll publish reports based upon the discussions.

Our webinar series focused on Argentina and discussion with YPF on their energy transition strategies and investment with Elena Morettini, Geoscience Advisor & B20 Energy Officer at YPF.

On December 5, our webinar series will discuss the political developments in the Southern Cone and implications for the near-term function and outlook for the region’s gas market.

Next week is our annual collaboration in Washington, DC with the Inter-American Dialogue and discussion of the energy sector in the Western Hemisphere. This year’s event set for December 11 will assess Mexico’s energy sector as President Andrés Manuel López Obrador marks one year in office.

Opinion & Analysis

How AMLO Is Undermining Mexico’s Clean Energy Goals

Can New Leadership Revitalize Ecuador’s Reeling Oil Sector?

Presentation

Debating Latin America’s Diverse Lithium Opportunity

Video & Photo Gallery

Colombia Energy Roundtable Photos

Colombia Energy Roundtable Video

Webinar

Argentina’s YPF and the Energy Transition

Podcast

Mexico, Clean Energy and the Paris Accord

October 2019

October 2019

Welcome to the October edition of Energy Panorama. We just returned from Bogota where we hosted two exciting programs – a Roundtable discussion with four high-level panels that assessed the future of Colombia’s oil and gas sector and two private roundtable sessions focused on social license to operate issues and energy transition. Stay tuned for our reports based upon the discussions.

We are also pleased to share our latest report together with IPD Latin America derived from discussions from the inaugural Madrid Energy Conference:  Politics, Regulation, and NOCs: The Gatekeepers of Latin America’s Energy Future Be sure to mark your calendar to join us on September 16-18, 2020 for the second annual Madrid Energy Conference.

During the Third Annual Latin American Energy Conference hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue, Energy & Sustainability Vice President Jeremy Martin shared insights on the current state of the natural gas market in Argentina and thoughts on the election and change in government. See panel video below.

Energy Transition Initiative Director Cecilia Aguillon weighed in on the question of will Latin America and the Caribbean meet its ambitious renewable energy target by 2030 for the Dialogue’s Energy Advisor. Cecilia also spoke at a unique event in Mexico convened by the Government of the State of Guanajuato and German aid agency KAS to consider the role of sub-sovereign efforts to drive energy and climate policy in Mexico. She shared insights from States in the US and municipalities in California on sub-sovereign climate and energy policies, particularly with regards to deployment of renewable energy.

Energy Policy Associate Jacqueline Sanchez continued her work on energy transition issues and was invited to by the Government of Chile to participate in an APEC workshop focused on decentralized energy and distributed energy resource solutions.

On November 6, our webinar series turns to Argentina and discussion with YPF on their energy transition strategies and investment plans featuring Elena Morettini, Geoscience Advisor & B20 Energy Officer at YPF.

In December, we return to Washington, DC for our annual collaboration with the Inter-American Dialogue and discussion of the energy sector in the Western Hemisphere. This year’s event will assess Mexico’s energy sector as President Andrés Manuel López Obrador marks one year in office. We look forward to seeing you there.

Opinion & Analysis

Will LAC Meet its Renewable Energy Goals By 2030?

Politics, Regulation, and NOCs: The Gatekeepers of Latin America’s Energy Future

Chris Sladen Energy Matters ANZMEX Vol 9

Video

Natural Gas & LNG Panel – Inter-American Dialogue’s Third Annual Latin America Energy Conference: Assessing the Outlook for Energy Investment in Latin America

In the News

Why Amazon Fires Keep Raging 10 Years After a Deal to End Them

September 2019

September 2019

Welcome to the September edition of Energy Panorama. We began the month in Madrid with our partners IPD Latin America for the inaugural Madrid Energy Conference. We were pleased to count on the participation of Spain’s Secretary of Energy, Jose Dominguez Abascal and senior executives and government officials from across Europe and Latin America. Be sure to check out our first short report based upon discussions at the conference, Global Energy Transition Demands Cooperation, not Competition; Oil and Gas Companies Must Lead the Way.  We will be publishing several other similar reports in the coming weeks.

With the launch of the Madrid Energy Conference we have created a new platform and venue for discussion of the issues at the core of the Europe-Latin America energy nexus. Mark your calendar to join us on September 16-18, 2020 for the second annual Madrid Energy Conference.

We are also pleased to publish two important reports focused on lithium in collaboration with the Payne Institute  at the Colorado School of Mines. Authored by La Jolla Conference speaker and lithium expert Emily Hersh, the reports are a continuation of our work on the issues surrounding lithium developments in Latin America and the battery and energy storage market as part of our Energy Transition Initiative. 

The first report, Latin America’s Diverse Lithium Opportunity and a Sustainable Energy Future, offers an important assessment of the state of the lithium market in Latin America, and what needs to take place in terms of policy for further development.

The second report, The Lithium in a Battery, focuses on the critical aspects of lithium as a battery input and clarifies the true role of lithium in the battery market.

Our webinar series in September featured further discussion of Mexico and the natural gas market under AMLO with analyst Emily Medina.

Our webinar series next month turns to Argentina and discussion with YPF on their energy transition strategies and investment plans.

We are off to Bogota on October 29-30 for our Oil & Gas Roundtable and two private sessions focused on social license to operate issues and energy transition. We look forward to seeing you there.

Latest Reports

Latin America’s Diverse Lithium Opportunity and a Sustainable Energy Future

The Lithium in a Battery

Opinion & Analysis

Global Energy Transition Demands Cooperation, not Competition; Oil and Gas Companies Must Lead the Way

Chris Sladen Energy Matters ANZMEX Vol 8

Webinars

Webinar: Mexico’s Natural Gas Prospects Under AMLO

In the News

More Private Investment Said Needed for Mexico to Meet Natural Gas Goals, Reduce Imports

Chris Sladen Energy Matters ANZMEX Vol 8

Summer Edition

Summer Edition

Welcome to the Summer edition of Energy Panorama. We’ve rolled July and August into one. We are pleased to share this month’s featured report derived from our Ecuador Energy Roundtable. We would like to also reiterate our gratitude to Minister of Energy Carlos Perez and his entire team for their support and participation at the Roundtable at the end of July.

As August flies by, we are busy finalizing plans together with our partners IPD Latin America for the inaugural Madrid Energy Conference set for Sep 4-6.

Spain’s Secretary of Energy, Jose Dominguez Abascal, will offer the opening keynote address followed by a series of high-level panels contemplating the Europe-Latin America energy nexus against the backdrop of the global energy transformation. We look forward to seeing you at this important new addition to the Institute of the Americas program and activity calendar.

We hosted two webinars in recent weeks, the first an update and discussion with Mexico’s ASEA Director Luis Vera on methane emissions reduction regulations. We were also pleased to host the General Counsel of OPEC, Leonardo Sempertegui. He shared his organization’s views and insights on the global energy transition. Leonardo Sempertegui will also be a featured speaker at the Madrid Energy Conference.

We have been closely following Argentina and contributed a commentary for the Inter-American Dialogue’s Energy Advisor on elections and energy policy.

Energy Transition Initiative Director Cecilia Aguillon spent time in El Salvador briefing new energy policy makers and sharing regional renewable energy lessons learned at a conference in San Salvador. Energy Policy Associate Jacqueline Sanchez continued her work on issues related to women in energy and recounted her participation and experience at a DOE and APEC energy forum and training session in Singapore. She also heads to Mexico City to participate in women in energy discussions this month.

We look forward to seeing you on Sep 4-6 in Madrid, Spain.


Report

Ecuador Energy Roundtable – Summary Report (Spanish)

Opinion & Analysis

Will Election Results in Argentina Upend its Energy Policy?

IOA Briefs New Energy Policy Makers in El Salvador and Shares Regional Renewables Insights at Conference

Empowering Women as Managers in the Renewable Energy Sector

Chris Sladen Energy Matters ANZMEX Vol 7

Chris Sladen Energy Matters ANZMEX Vol 6

Webinars

OPEC and the Global Energy Transition

Managing Methane Emissions in Mexico – Lessons from the Development and Implementation of Regulations for the Country’s Oil and Gas sector

In the News

Mexico Set to Enforce Methane Rules Across Natural Gas Value Chain

Hoy tendrá lugar la licitación de proyectos renovables en Ecuador

 


June 2019

June 2019

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.


Latest Reports

XXVIII La Jolla Energy Conference – Summary Report

La Jolla Conference Videos

Venezuela Panel – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Brazil Panel – Part 1, Part 2

XXVIII La Jolla Conference Highlight Video

Interview with Jose Luis Manzano, Chairman of Integra Capital

Interview with Kevin Ramnarine, former Minister of Energy of Trinidad & Tobago

Interview with Jose Antonio Cepeda, Adviser to the Minister of Energy and Non Renewable Natural Resources of Ecuador and Ecuador’s Representative to OPEC

Interview with Timothy Stephure, Director, Latin America Gas & Power, IHS Markit

Opinion & Analysis

How Will Digital Technologies Boost the Power Sector?

Podcast

Why Argentina’s First LNG Export Matters

In the News

Mexico wants to review natural gas pipeline project involving Sempra Energy subsidiary

California operator of electricity grid fends off millions of cyberattacks each month

Will you be dependent forever on the other guys?


May 2019

May 2019

On May 22-23 we hosted the XXVIII annual La Jolla Energy Conference. For readers of Panorama, it goes without saying that the month of May at the Institute of the Americas is synonymous with our annual La Jolla Energy Conference.

We continued with our restructured agenda this year and efforts aimed at greater audience participation and discussion, as well as a “deeper dive” on some of the most critical elements that cut across the entire energy sector. Issues such as lithium, safety in the energy sector, transparency and corruption, renewables and natural gas, cyber security, distributed generation, the costs of energy transition, how much oil for how long and a host of country-specific debates including Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. Our traditional nightcap roundtable saw the largest turnout ever for a robust debate of what comes next in Venezuela, with an emphasis on the political and electoral outlook. But it wasn’t all work, and despite uncooperative weather, we enjoyed the marvelous views and outdoor ambiance that marks networking and sidebar discussions at the La Jolla Conference. We even squeezed in a teambuilding hike at Torrey Pines Reserve.

On the content side, the conference discussions reflected the immense amount of change across Latin America and what may be best termed an uncertainty rippling across the region and the energy sector. Indeed, the massive transformation coursing across the global energy sector continues to demand attention by policymakers, regulators, investors as does the broader macroeconomic outlook for several key markets.

We are admittedly partial but we feel this year’s discussions again served to foster high-level public-private dialogue on the future of the hemisphere’s energy sector. The La Jolla Conference remains the linchpin for the Institute of the Americas objective of serving as an honest broker of policy and investment debates surrounding the hemisphere’s most critical energy and sustainability issues.

Stay tuned for our La Jolla Conference report for further details. In the meantime, check out our sideline interviews with panelists and speakers, as well as the articles and stories derived from discussions at the La Jolla Conference.

This month’s webinar series featured a continuation of our discussion and analysis of lithium and a presentation aimed a demystifying the so-called Lithium Triangle and developments in the broader lithium market. Additionally, we were pleased to host a presentation of OLADE’s Energy Panorama and Outlook 2018 as part of our webinar series.

Finally, we are delighted to include Part 2 of the reports based upon our Argentina Energy Roundtable – Huge Energy Potential, Big Challenges.


Latest Reports

Argentina Energy Roundtable 2019: Huge Energy Potential, Big Challenges – Part 2

La Jolla Conference Videos

Interview with Jose Luis Manzano, Chairman of Integra Capital

Interview with Kevin Ramnarine, former Minister of Energy of Trinidad & Tobago

Interview with Jose Antonio Cepeda, Adviser to the Minister of Energy and Non Renewable Natural Resources of Ecuador and Ecuador’s Representative to OPEC

Interview with Timothy Stephure, Director, Latin America Gas & Power, IHS Markit

La Jolla Conference in the News

La Oxy, operador de Caño Limón, se crece con exploración en el mar

Más de diez razones que llevarían el petróleo a 80 dólares

Pemex produjo y exportó menos en abril

El neuquino clave para una petrolera en Colombia

“El futuro de Vaca Muerta está en el mercado global de GNL”

“Para las renovables es difícil competir con el precio bajo del gas”

Manzano y Vaca Muerta: “En Neuquén la estabilidad política e institucional fueron clave”

OAS ready to lend electoral support to Guyana – official

Christopher Spaulding: “Veo a la Argentina entrando en el mercado global del gas licuado”

El exministro menemista José Luis Manzano quiere sumarse al boom del litio

Vaca Muerta: preservar el ambiente es vital para ser sustentables

En San Diego ven las posibilidades del litio en la región

Strong civil society key to EITI success

Opinion & Analysis

ENERGY MATTERS © vol. 5 – ANZMEX editorial by IOA Board Member Chris Sladen

Will Bolsonaro’s Government Meddle in Petrobras Affairs?

Podcasts

XXVIII La Jolla Conference Curtain Raiser

Webinars

Lithium in Focus: What exactly is it, why does South America have so much of it and how should it be developed?

Panorama Energético de América Latina y el Caribe 2018

 

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