Will Mexico’s regulatory level playing field survive? A conversation with the experts

Will Mexico’s regulatory level playing field survive? A conversation with the experts

The second presentation in the Institute of the Americas/Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center’s “Clean Energy in Mexico” webinar series will feature a discussion of regulatory developments and the implications for the Mexican power market and its medium and long-term outlook.

The virtual panel will feature three former regulators in Mexico: Former CRE Chairman Francisco Xavier Salazar and former CRE Commissioners Montserrat Ramiro and Guillermo Zuniga.

The former regulators and experts will share their insights and perspectives on the wide range of issues facing the power sector and regulatory environment derived from COVID-19, but also government policy edicts, cuts in staff and a legislative proposal to completely overhaul Mexico’s regulatory institutions and framework.

Energy Integration Key After the Pandemic

This article was first published by Mexico Business

 

By Leonardo Beltr√°n | Wed, 07/01/2020

If there is one thing, we have learned with the pandemic is that we cannot live in isolation. Developed and developing countries alike are struggling to maintain their economic sustenance, irrespective of their individual specialization and/or competitive advantage. Whether it is an agricultural, industrial or services exporting world power, the lockdowns have suddenly halted their momentum. However, the pandemic has shed light on the opportunities to enhance our collaborative work and strengthen our resiliency and stamina to weather the crisis. (more…)

June 2020

June 2020

Welcome to the June edition of Energy Panorama. We begin this month’s newsletter with a note of welcome for the incoming president of the Institute of the Americas, Richard Kiy, and an expression of gratitude to Ted Gildred III as he winds down his term as interim president. More details on the new IOA president, Richard Kiy, below.

This month‚Äôs featured report “The Day After: Latin America‚Äôs response to key energy issues derived from COVID-19” by principal author Roger Tissot is a detailed analysis based on policy and political trends likely to impact several countries‚Äô oil industries as they emerge from the COVID-19 health crisis; how the region arrived at the pandemic crisis and how countries responded and the key emerging trends that are likely to influence policy decisions in Latin America and the so-called “day after.”

We are also pleased to share the summary report and synopsis derived from the discussions at the Virtual XXIX La Jolla Conference, as well as several of the panel videos and news coverage.

The Virtual La Jolla Conference convened as the implications of COVID-19 and the massive shock to the global oil market and its impact across the hemisphere were being felt. The discussion focused on whether the energy transition was being accelerated or delayed, the role for the region’s NOC’s particularly in recovery, the potential for key plays such as Guyana, the Pre-Salt, Vaca Muerta, Camisea and fracking in Colombia. A cross-cutting and recurring debate over whether habits and consumption had temporarily or permanently changed yielded a variety of replies. How countries and energy policymakers are navigating the dual crises were very much on display and, as expected, differed from Mexico to Chile to Peru to Uruguay to Argentina.

Our assessment of the energy transition continued this month and clean hydrogen in Latin America was at the center of two articles ‚Äď one in Spanish and one in English – by Cecilia Aguillon, Director of the IOA‚Äôs Energy Transition Initiative.

Clean Energy in Mexico, our webinar series in collaboration with the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center, kicked-off with John McNeece‚Äôs presentation of our jointly-published paper “The Economic and Strategic Arguments for Renewable Energy in Mexico.”

We also convened a virtual panel discussion focused on the energy sector in Bolivia and outlook for the next administration featuring representatives from the major political parties vying in the September election. The event also featured opening remarks from IOA Board member Jose Luis Manzano.

We are also pleased to continue to bring you the insights of IOA Board member Chris Sladen and his essays written for ANZMEX, of which there were two released in June.

We look forward to our collaboration with CEBRI in Brazil on a unique virtual panel on July 15, as well as our partnership with IPD Latin America and Global Event Partners for the second Madrid Energy Conference set for Sep 28-Oct 2, being presented and held online this year.

Richard Kiy Named President of the Institute of the Americas

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Reports

XXIX La Jolla Energy Conference – Summary Report

The Day After: Latin America’s response to key energy issues derived from COVID-19

La Jolla Conference Videos

IOA YouTube channel

La Jolla Conference in the News

Media coverage and stories from the Virtual La Jolla Conference

Opinion & Analysis

Clean Hydrogen in Spanish ‚Äď PV World

Clean Hydrogen in English ‚Äď IPS

Chris Sladen ANZMEX Energy Matters Vol 18

Chris Sladen ANZMEX Energy Matters Vol 19

In the News

Las disyuntivas energéticas aguardan al próximo gobierno de Bolivia

Debate sobre el futuro energético de Bolivia

Webinars

Bolivia‚Äôs Energy Future ‚Äď Perspectives for the Next Administration

Clean Energy in Mexico Webinar Series featuring John McNeece

Webinar: Bolivia‚Äôs Energy Future ‚Äď Perspectives for the Next Administration

Webinar: Bolivia‚Äôs Energy Future ‚Äď Perspectives for the Next Administration

Presentation (PDF)

Bolivia‚Äôs October 2019 election resulted in accusations of fraud, protests, counter accusations of flawed models and the president‚Äôs departure. Evo Morales left office ‚Äď and the country – after more than 13 years in power replaced by Jeanine A√Īez in charge of a transitional government with elections pending. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic added another layer of complexity to the election calendar. But, now, the parties have agreed to hold the presidential election on September 6. With the pandemic and lockdown to confront the virus, the economy and recovery are critical themes for the next administration.

How Bolivia’s government manages the energy sector will be a key element to the broader economic development strategy and recovery in the coming months and after the new team takes office. Natural gas, a long-time generator of income for the Morales government, slumped in 2019 as part of a global commodity downturn. How a new government approaches the role of the state and specifically the national oil company, YPFB, will be important to understand, as will the energy relationship that Bolivia has developed with its neighbors, principally Brazil and Argentina. The facets of the global energy transition and the incorporation of renewable energy and further diversification of the country’s energy matrix also deserves attention from policymakers and the next team.

Among the energy-related challenges that a new Bolivian government will face are stimulating exploration for new reserves and establishing new avenues for gas exports. Brazil is increasingly awash in Pre-Salt gas, while Argentina is developing huge reserves of shale gas, leaving Bolivia with smaller markets for its landlocked supply. Under Morales, the government promoted a new pipeline to Paraguay.

Beyond natural gas, Bolivia has been trying to develop its extensive lithium reserves. Its fledgling effort recently sputtered with the government’s repeal of a joint venture agreement between Bolivia’s state-owned lithium company YLB and Germany’s ACI Systems to tap brine lithium from the Uyuni salt flats.

To better understand how the next administration will confront the energy challenges and role of the sector to drive economic development and recovery, we are pleased to convene a panel of Bolivian energy experts from across the political spectrum. The representatives will discuss their respective parties vision for the energy sector, their platform, and how, if elected, they will address the sector and what policy measures and steps they will take.

Join us for a virtual panel with Richard Botello, President of YPFB (pending); Miguel Antonio Roca, Spokesman for Comunidad Ciudadana and Coordinator of the Economic Team and Candidate for Congress from La Paz; Oscar Barriga, former president of YPFB and advisor to the MAS party.

Jose Luis Manzano, an IOA Board Member and Chairman of Integra Capital, will offer opening remarks and insights on the context for the global energy sector and in the Southern Cone.

The virtual panel webinar will be held Tuesday, June 30 at 9:00am San Diego (12:00 pm La Paz; GMT/UTC – 8 hours). The webinar will include a discussion and Q&A session with the audience.

El Futuro del Sector Energ√©tico de Bolivia ‚Äď Perspectivas para la pr√≥xima administraci√≥n

Las elecciones de octubre del 2019 en Bolivia resultaron en acusaciones de fraude, protestas, contra acusaciones de modelos defectuosos y la salida del presidente. Evo Morales dej√≥ el cargo, y el pa√≠s, despu√©s de m√°s de 13 a√Īos en el poder, reemplazado por Jeanine A√Īez, quien qued√≥ a cargo de un gobierno de transici√≥n con elecciones pendientes. La llegada de la pandemia COVID-19 agreg√≥ otra capa de complejidad al calendario electoral. Pero ahora, los partidos acordaron realizar las elecciones presidenciales el 6 de septiembre. Con la pandemia y cuarentena para enfrentar el virus, la econom√≠a y la recuperaci√≥n son temas cr√≠ticos para la pr√≥xima administraci√≥n.

La forma en que el gobierno de Bolivia maneje el sector energ√©tico ser√° un elemento clave para la estrategia general de desarrollo econ√≥mico y de recuperaci√≥n en los pr√≥ximos meses y despu√©s de que el nuevo equipo asuma su cargo. El gas natural, un generador de ingresos durante mucho tiempo para el gobierno de Morales, se desplom√≥ en el 2019 como parte de la ca√≠da del mercado mundial de productos b√°sicos. Ser√° importante entender c√≥mo un nuevo gobierno aborda el papel del estado y espec√≠ficamente la compa√Ī√≠a petrolera nacional, YPFB, al igual que la relaci√≥n energ√©tica que Bolivia ha desarrollado con sus vecinos, principalmente Brasil y Argentina. Las facetas de la transici√≥n energ√©tica global y la incorporaci√≥n de energ√≠as renovables, as√≠ como una mayor diversificaci√≥n de la matriz energ√©tica del pa√≠s, tambi√©n merecen la atenci√≥n de los encargados de formular pol√≠ticas y del pr√≥ximo equipo de trabajo.

Entre los desaf√≠os relacionados con la energ√≠a que enfrentar√° el nuevo gobierno boliviano est√°n estimular la exploraci√≥n de nuevas reservas y establecer nuevas v√≠as para las exportaciones de gas. Brasil est√° cada vez m√°s inundado de gas Pre-Sal, mientras que Argentina est√° desarrollando enormes reservas de gas de esquisto, dejando a Bolivia con mercados m√°s peque√Īos para su suministro sin litoral. Bajo Morales, el gobierno promovi√≥ un nuevo gasoducto a Paraguay.

M√°s all√° del gas natural, Bolivia ha estado tratando de desarrollar sus extensas reservas de litio. Este nuevo esfuerzo recientemente produjo resultados con la derogaci√≥n por parte del gobierno de un acuerdo de empresa conjunta entre la compa√Ī√≠a estatal de litio YLB de Bolivia y ACI Systems de Alemania para explotar el litio de salmuera de las salinas de Uyuni.

Para comprender mejor cómo la próxima administración enfrentará los desafíos energéticos y el papel del sector para impulsar el desarrollo económico y la recuperación, nos complace convocar a un panel de expertos en energía bolivianos de todo el espectro político. Los representantes discutirán la visión de sus respectivos partidos para el sector energético, su plataforma y si son elegidos, cómo abordarán el sector y qué políticas y pasos implementarán.

Unase a nuestro panel virtual con Richard Botello, Presidente de YPFB (pendiente); Miguel Angel Roca, Vocero de Comunidad Ciudadana y Coordinador del Equipo de Economía y Candidato a Diputado por La Paz y Oscar Barriga, expresidente de YPFB y asesor del partido MAS.

José Luis Manzano, miembro de la Junta del IOA y presidente de Integra Capital, ofrecerá unas palabras de apertura y perspectivas en el contexto del sector energético global y del Cono Sur.

El panel virtual se llevará a cabo el martes 30 de junio a las 9:00 am San Diego (12:00 pm La Paz; GMT / UTC Р8 horas). El panel incluirá una discusión y sesión de preguntas y respuestas con la audiencia.

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