COVID-19 and Latin America’s Energy Sector: Today, Tomorrow and Beyond the Crisis


The impacts of COVID-19 and efforts to control it have been unprecedented and well-documented. Indeed, the implications for Latin American economies and speciÔ¨Ācally the energy sector are wide-ranging ‚Äď and still developing. The exact depth of the impact is still not entirely clear, but extrapolating rapidly evolving global trends point to major shocks. Moreover, the Ô¨Āscal implications could also be quite grave.
COVID-19 and Latin America’s Energy Sector: Today, Tomorrow and Beyond the Crisis

Webinar: The Material and Metal Security of Low-Carbon Energy Transitions

Webinar: The Material and Metal Security of Low-Carbon Energy Transitions

Photo: Nautilus Minerals

The global transition to a low-carbon economy will involve changes in material markets and supply chains on a hitherto unknown scale and scope. With these changes come numerous challenges and opportunities related to supply chain security and sustainability.

To investigate the increasingly interconnected nature of material needs, a diverse group of authors including policy experts, geologists, mining engineers, and energy specialists, collaborated to review academic publications, technical reports, legal documents, and published industry data. A broad set of concerns including technical challenges, material supply chain considerations, investment strategies, modeling problems, and environmental issues, were found to be potential material barriers to the successful adoption of low-carbon technologies.

The recently published review outlines policy recommendations for topical energy concerns, and together these recommendations serve to highlight the complex, interdisciplinary materials approach required for a low-carbon energy transition. Because of these challenges, adoption of low-carbon technologies, and achieving low-carbon emissions goals, might be more complex than initially anticipated.

Join us for the first installment of the joint Institute of the Americas and Payne Institute for Public Policy ‚ÄúCritical Minerals and the Energy Transition‚ÄĚ webinar series.

Our first webinar will feature a presentation by Jordy Lee, Research Associate for the Payne Institute for Public Policy at Colorado School of Mines. He will share details from their analysis and policy recommendations to further inform discussion and debate surrounding key facets of the global energy transition.

The webinar will be held Thursday, April 2 at 10:00am San Diego (12:00 pm Houston; 1:00 pm Washington, DC; GMT/UTC – 8 hours). The webinar will include a live Q&A session with the audience.

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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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď 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…)