January 2020

January 2020

Welcome to the first installment of Energy Panorama for 2020.

We are very pleased to share this month’s featured report Baja California Energy Outlook 2020-2025. The report was prepared during the summer and fall of 2019 and counted collaboration from several colleagues and partners in Baja California and UC San Diego.

As the report sets forth, the energy outlook for the Mexican state of Baja California presents a unique case particularly given the importance of energy for the new administration that took office in November 2019. The report details the current state of the sector, crucial demand drivers and challenges the new team faces. Most importantly, the report examined opportunities for the sector in the coming years and possible solutions for existing challenges. Central to the analysis, the document presents scenarios for optimizing the current state of energy infrastructure and discusses the state’s renewable energy potential and avenues to leverage those resources. The broader national Mexican energy policy and regulatory framework, as well as that of the neighboring state of California, are reviewed and included as part of wide-ranging appendices.

Our podcast series this month delved into the “Samba” auctions model and Brazil’s evolving power market and lessons learned from the last 25 years. This was the debut podcast for our non-resident fellow, Leonardo Beltran, who we are pleased to welcome back for 2020.

Additionally, we examined the energy policy landscape since Alberto Fernandez assumed the presidency of Argentina on December 10; in particular, the possibility of a renewed role for Argentina’s provinces in helping to set the national energy agenda and shape the policy debate.

For those who may have missed it, we concluded 2019 with our annual program in collaboration with the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, DC and a discussion and panel at the National Press Club. The event focused on the energy sector in Mexico at the one-year anniversary of Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration. Below are the short report summary and highlight video.

We head to Mexico City for our first Roundtable of the year on February 25-26 and Buenos Aires on March 17-18 for our annual Argentina Energy Roundtable.

Report 

Baja California Energy Outlook 2020-2025

Podcast

“Samba” auctions, a model for Latin America

Will Argentina’s provinces have a renewed role in national energy policy under the Fernandez administration?

Washington, DC Event Summary

Experts Divided on Prospects for a Shift in AMLO’s Energy Policy

Washington, DC Event Video

Mexico’s Energy Sector under AMLO

December 2019

December 2019

Season’s greetings from La Jolla! We are pleased to share the latest installment of Energy Panorama for your holiday reading pleasure.

We concluded the year with our annual program in collaboration with the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, DC and a discussion and panel at the National Press Club. The event focused on the energy sector in Mexico at the one-year anniversary of Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration. Panelists discussed the challenges and opportunities that private investors face across various sectors including power, renewables, oil and natural gas. Below are links to an event summary and highlight video.

On the sidelines of our event in Washington, DC, we sat down with Julio Valle from Mexico’s solar and wind energy associations for our podcast series. He shared the latest clean energy market developments, policy changes surrounding CELs and the unfolding legal challenges.

Keeping with our annual tradition, the December Energy Panorama looks back and shares selected reports, analysis, podcasts and webinars that we produced this year, as well as insights from our diverse programming across the hemisphere. What follows is a curated compendium of the 2019 IOA Energy & Sustainability Program.

We look forward to seeing you in 2020 and we wish you and yours a joyous and peaceful.

Washington, DC Event Summary

Experts Divided on Prospects for a Shift in AMLO’s Energy Policy
Washington, DC Event Video

Mexico’s Energy Sector under AMLO
Podcast

Clean Energy in Mexico: A Conversation with Julio Valle
Reports from 2019

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

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

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

The Lithium in a Battery

XXVIII La Jolla Energy Conference Report

Informe Colombia Energía 2019

Informe Energía en Ecuador 2019

Argentina Energy Roundtable 2019: Huge Energy Potential, Big Challenges – Part I and Part II

Informe Energía en México 2019

LNG and the Panama Canal: Should Another Expansion Already Be on the Drawing Board?

Videos from 2019

Colombia Energy Roundtable 2019

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 

XXVIII La Jolla Conference: Bolsonaro’s Brazil Energy Outlook Part I and Part II

XXVIII La Jolla Conference: Venezuela’s Policies and Plans to shape its Energy Future – Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV

Inter-American Dialogue: Panel on Natural Gas and LNG

The Outlook for Mexico’s Energy Sector under the AMLO Administration

Opinion & Analysis from 2019

Can New Leadership Revitalize Ecuador’s Reeling Oil Sector?

How AMLO is Undermining Mexico’s Clean Energy Goals

Will LAC Meet its Renewable Energy Goals By 2030?

Will Election Results in Argentina Upend its Energy Policy?

Mercado de generación distribuida de Argentina: El diablo está en los detalles
My First Women-Only Professional Training Experience

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

Women in Energy in Ecuador 2019

Podcasts from 2019

Mexico, Clean Energy and the Paris Accord

Why Argentina’s first LNG export matters
XXVIII La Jolla Conference Curtain Raiser
Argentina´s Distributed Generation Market: The Devil is in the Details
Venezuela’s Political Outlook: A conversation with David Mares

Webinars from 2019

Political Transition in the Southern Cone and Implications for Natural Gas Markets

Argentina’s YPF and the Energy Transition

Mexico’s Natural Gas Prospects Under AMLO

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

Panorama Energético de América Latina y el Caribe 2018

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

Mexico Natural Gas Outlook 2019

Mexico Oil Outlook 2019

Women in Energy in Ecuador 2019

Women in Energy in Ecuador 2019

The Institute of the Americas was pleased to collaborate on the inaugural  “Women in Energy 2019” conference in Quito, Ecuador. Jacqueline Sanchez, Energy Policy Associate,  participated on a panel of women professionals in the energy and finance sectors, including Daniela Espinosa, Co-founder and COO, Kushki, Laurie Fitzmaurice, VP Business Development Mexico, EDF Renewable Energy North America, Sofía Zárate, Commercial Specialist, US Embassy Quito and Rocio Velarde, Country Manager, Citibank Ecuador. The panel “Women Planning the Future” focused on key themes related to women in leadership, the role of technology, the current challenges and opportunities and the development opportunities for women empowerment for the next decade. (more…)

Experts Divided on Prospects for a Shift in AMLO’s Energy Policy

This December marks the one-year anniversary of Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s inauguration. A year into his term, there is considerable clarity as to how his policies have impacted the investment climate for the energy sector. At an event co-hosted by the Institute of the Americas and Inter-American Dialogue, panelists discussed the challenges and opportunities that private investors face across various sectors including power, renewables, oil and natural gas.
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