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?


XXVIII La Jolla Conference Curtain Raiser


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


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

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

For more information contact Jacqueline Sanchez



Lithium has increasingly captured attention as the world undergoes an energy transition. The role for lithium-ion batteries both in terms of energy storage and as a key element for the batteries that power electric vehicles has driven much of the interest and focus. Indeed, various projections point to soaring demand with some estimates predicting demand to triple by 2025. Lithium is particularly important as part of the energy transition debate in Latin America given the massive deposits in the region. The countries of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile make up the so-called Lithium Triangle and count 54% of global resources. Chile has long been a major producer, but more recently, according to the government of Argentina, investment in that country’s booming lithium market has increased tenfold over the last five years.

But does the hype match the potential? Is the market growing as rapidly as predicted? Moreover, what are the various technologies and how will Latin America’s lithium deposits be monetized? Beyond technology, are there environmental and community constraints in Latin America to consider as part of the region’s lithium outlook?

Join us for a webinar and discussion with Emily Hersh, Managing Partner at DCDB Group, and host of the Global Lithium Podcast, to help demystify the topic of lithium and what to expect in the coming months and years for Latin America’s Lithium Triangle.

The webinar and virtual panel will be held Wednesday, April 24 at 8:00am San Diego (12:00 pm Buenos Aires time; GMT/UTC – 8 hours). Her formal presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.


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

Webinar: Panorama Energético de América Latina y el Caribe 2018





Miércoles 8 de mayo a las 10 am (San Diego, hora estándar del Pacífico)

Durante este webinar se presentarán los principales hallazgos y resultados obtenidos del primer: “Panorama Energético de América Latina y el Caribe 2018” realizado por OLADE. Se trata de un documento invaluable en el que se presenta cuantiosa información sobre la evolución de la matriz energética de todos los países miembros de la Organización.

En el documento, se expone por primera vez en nuestra región un análisis comparativo de los resultados globales y regionales de diversos estudios prospectivos realizados por prestigiosas instituciones de todo el mundo y se realiza un estudio prospectivo regional en el que se analiza la evolución de las principales variables energéticas al año 2040.

Así mismo, el documento cuenta con un capítulo en el que se detallan los Eventos Relevantes acontecidos en el ámbito energético de la región durante el año 2017, luego se detallan con numerosos gráficos y series temporales las estadísticas e indicadores energéticos agregados de la región de América Latina y el Caribe y del Mundo así como de cada país miembro de la organización junto con un capítulo en el que se detallan los cambios recientes en la legislación, regulación y política energética de los países.

Acompáñenos a una presentación vía webinar con el Dr. Andrés Schuschny, Director de Estudios, Proyectos e Información en la Organización Latinoamericana de Energía, OLADE para escuchar y charlar sobre el Panorama Energético de América Latina y el Caribe.

El webinar se llevará a cabo el día miércoles 8 de mayo a las 10 am (San Diego, hora estándar del Pacífico). Además, de la presentación, habrá oportunidad de una sesión de preguntas y respuestas.


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