Webinar: Mexico’s Natural Gas Prospects Under AMLO


Join us on Thursday, September 12 at 10:00 am San Diego for a webinar: “Mexico’s Natural Gas Prospects Under AMLO” and discussion with Emily Medina, Energy Consultant and Energy Policy Research Foundation (EPRINC) Non-Resident Fellow. Emily will provide an overview of Mexico’s current natural gas panorama as well as her analysis and perspectives with regards to the transformation of sector.

Mexico’s energy sector is at a turning point. The policy choices the government takes now will determine the country’s energy security and prices going forward. Recent policy shifts by the Mexican government in natural gas pipelines and PEMEX’s joint ventures suggest that the administration might gradually become more receptive of private sector’s participation than what was expected since he took office in December. This could in turn unleash Mexico’s potential in oil and gas developments. Given the important role that natural gas has in Mexico’s economy and its abundant natural gas reserves, the government should incentivize investments in PEMEX’s fields through joint ventures, and establish a competitive natural gas market.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 12 at 10:00 am San Diego. Emily’s presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.


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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?


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?

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

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



At the end of July, Institute of the Americas Energy Transition Initiative Director, Cecilia Aguillon visited El Salvador for strategic energy policy conversations and to participate in, the Salvadoran Association of Engineers and Architects ASIA Week 2019, “90 years of ASIA: El Salvador towards sustainable development.

Cecilia Aguillon was a featured speaker at ASIA 2019. During her keynote presentation, Aguillon spoke about the IOA’s work on energy transition issues and shared her insights on renewable energy markets in the Americas. Her remarks and presentation focused on best practices and lessons learned from renewable energy market leaders in the Americas such as California, Brazil and México.

Aguillon also joined a panel discussion with Valdemar Saravia, member of the board of directors of the regulatory authority SIGET and vice president of ASIA; Silvia Vides, Director of the UNDP for El Salvador; Victor Ventura, Chief of Energy and Natural Resources Unit at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America in Mexico; and Herbert Palacios of the El Salvador´s National Energy Council. The panel featured a robust discussion centered around the opportunities and challenges of making energy policies, energy efficiency and renewable energy more accessible to people from all socio-economic sectors of El Salvador.

During her time in El Salvador, Aguillon took the opportunity to meet with newly appointed Director of the National Energy Council, Salvador Handal and the new Superintendent of the Regulatory authority SIGET, Manuel Aguilar. The meetings with these officials proved an important complement to her remarks and presentation at the conference and are crucial for maintaining the close relationship the Institute of the Americas has enjoyed with energy policymakers in El Salvador.


Webinar: OPEC and the Global Energy Transition


The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded in September 1960 by five countries: Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. They were to become the Founder Members of the Organization. Today, OPEC counts 14 Member Countries including Ecuador and Venezuela in Latin America.

The OPEC mission is to coordinate and unify the petroleum policies of its Member Countries and ensure the stabilization of oil markets in order to secure an efficient, economic and regular supply of petroleum to consumers, a steady income to producers and a fair return on capital for those investing in the petroleum industry.

Join us for a webinar and discussion with Leonardo Sempertegui, Ecuadorian attorney currently serving as the General Legal Counsel for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries based in Vienna, Austria. He will provide an overview of his organization’s mission and their analysis and perspectives with regards to the transformation of the global energy sector. Leonardo will also join us during our Madrid Energy Conference on September 4-6, 2019 in Madrid Spain.

The webinar will be held Wednesday, August 7 at 10:00am San Diego. Leonardo’s presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.


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

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The issue of managing methane emissions has been a critical topic and focal point for the energy industry, policymakers and regulators. A primary component of natural gas, methane is also a more damaging greenhouse gas than CO2. With the boom in natural gas production, attention on properly managing methane leaks from wells, pipelines and the entire natural gas value chain has united focus on reducing its potent emissions while also limiting the waste of the resource being produced.

For the last two years, Mexico has been in the process of developing regulations to similarly manage the issue of methane emissions in the country’s burgeoning oil and gas sector. In late 2018, after years of study and development, Mexico published regulations that will curb methane emissions in the country’s oil and gas sector. The Mexican government received inputs from several environmental organizations as well as industry groups. The final result is a regulatory structure and set of norms that are groundbreaking for Latin America and positions Mexico as a leader on environmental policy and greenhouse gas emissions particularly pertaining to the oil and gas sector.

Join us for a webinar and discussion with <strong>Dr. Luis Vera</strong>, Executive Director of <a href=”https://www.gob.mx/asea”>Mexico’s Agency for Security, Energy and the Environment, ASEA</a>. Dr. Vera will share further insights from the development of the regulations for curbing and properly managing methane emissions in Mexico and early results from their efforts and key factors for other markets and countries to understand as they seek to develop their own regulations.

The webinar will be held Wednesday, July 31 at 10:00am San Diego (12:00 pm Mexico City time; GMT/UTC – 8 hours). Dr. Vera’s formal presentation will be followed by a live Q&amp;A session with the audience.


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