Donald Trump praised the role for renewable fuels and underscored their importance for “America’s economy and to our energy independence.” For many others, renewable fuels are a critical component of a pathway to a low-carbon economy. What does the United States and more particularly the California experience portend for the hemisphere? How can the evolving policy discourse on renewable fuels in the United States inform similar decisions in Latin America?
Join us for a webinar discussion and analysis with Cynthia Obadia focused on the economic and environmental elements of renewable fuels lessons from the United States as part of the policy conversation across the hemisphere. Cynthia Obadia is a Renewable Fuels Consultant. Prior to her current role as a consultant for biofuels producers and consumers in maximizing the revenues from financial incentives from California’s carbon regulations as well as EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS), she spent several years as an energy trading professional working at a variety of firms including Shell, Goldman Sachs, and Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).
The webinar will be held Friday, June 9 at 11:00am San Diego (2pm Washington, DC; GMT/UTC – 8 hours). Obadia’s formal presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
There is little debate over the extent of the natural resource potential that lies below ground in Venezuela. And the country’s outsized influence on global energy geopolitics has been the source of countless research papers and analysis. But what is increasingly open for discussion is what the future — near-term and long-term — holds for Venezuela’s oil outlook and the country’s energy sector and economy more broadly.
Join us for a webinar discussion with Raul Gallegos on the future of the Venezuelan oil sector and how one of the world’s foremost oil economies manages its economic duress and what is best described as an advanced stage of institutional destruction. Raul Gallegos is a Senior Analyst, Andean Region, Global Risk Analysis at the advisory firm Control Risks and is author of the book Crude Nation: How Oil Riches Ruined Venezuela
The webinar will be held Friday, March 17 at 12:00pm San Diego (4pm Caracas; GMT/UTC – 8 hours). Gallegos’ formal presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
Mexico’s natural gas market is expected to undergo a profound change through 2017. Of late, the country has seen massive investments in pipeline infrastructure and imports from the United States have boomed, while the power sector increasingly drives demand. Against this backdrop, Mexico’s energy regulators continue to work on the final stages of the market liberalization process in preparation for the launch of a new, deregulated system open to private participation early next year.
Join us for a webinar presentation led by James Fowler, editor of the ICIS Mexico energy report. He will provide an overview of the final stages of this market development process, as well as an analysis of what to expect from the early stages of the market and its operation. The webinar will be held Thursday, September 29 at 11:00am San Diego (1:00 pm Mexico City; GMT/UTC – 8 hours). Fowler’s formal presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.
Over the last year, Chile’s energy sector has received a great deal of attention as part of the highly competitive renewable energy wave sweeping Latin America, with booming investment, record-setting prices at auction, all the while ramping up the corresponding policy debates and next steps.
In March, President Sebastian Piñera took office after arguing emphatically during the presidential campaign for an even more ambitious strategy in Chile for incorporation of renewables and many of the other elements of the energy transformation underway across the globe. In order to align the policy objectives and create a coherent strategy to confront the challenges Chile faces in the energy sector for his term, the Piñera government has created an energy policy roadmap for the next four years known as the “Ruta Energética.”
The “Ruta Energética”
It seeks to engage all of Chile’s citizens on an inclusive sustainable energy strategy and thus at the core of the approach, and what the administration is calling the motto, is “citizen energy.”
Indeed, the Ruta is being developed through a regionally decentralized participatory process, with a multidimensional approach to the needs and concerns related to energy by citizens. Again, emphasizing the effort to more fully engage all of its citizens on questions of energy, the Ruta will advance an agenda that helps to bring energy closer to citizens and that has as focus to improve the quality of life of people; generate networks of work with the actors of the sector, the regions and the communities and achieve the greatest possible consensus. Specifically, the Ruta will address challenges by way of crafting new legislation and modifying existing laws and regulations. For example, modification of the Electrical Distribution Law, the promotion of self-generation; electro-mobility and its accelerated penetration, and citizen participation around energy projects.
Join us for a webinar presentation led by Javier Bustos Salvagno, Head of Division for Energy Policy and Outlook at the Ministry of Energy in Chile. He will provide an overview of the Ruta Energética, its objectives, key pillars, and current policy and legislative developments.
The webinar will be held Thursday, July 19 at 9:00am San Diego (12:00 pm Santiago; GMT/UTC – 8 hours). Bustos’s formal presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.
As the Trump administration takes office, and with the intense spotlight on US-Mexico relations, it is important to consider and understand the energy elements of the bilateral relationship. Indeed, thanks to advances in both countries, Mexico and the US have grown increasingly interconnected in terms of oil and natural gas but also electricity trade. There is a notable maturity and extensiveness of the bilateral energy relationship and one of flourishing trade and commercial engagement that bears assessment as we look forward.
Join us for a webinar panel discussion featuring: Carlos Sole, Partner, Co-Chair Latin America Practice, Baker Botts LLP; Joe Amador, Managing Director, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.; and, Jeremy Martin, Vice President for Energy & Sustainability at the Institute of the Americas. The webinar will be held Friday, January 27 at 8:00am San Diego (10:00 am Mexico City; GMT/UTC – 8 hours).
Timed to coincide with the inauguration of Donald Trump, the panel aims to emphasize the depth, robustness, and opportunities of the bilateral energy relationship, offer market insights, and also provide some tea-leaf reading as the new administration takes office in Washington, DC.
Date: Tuesday, November 29 Time: 10:00am San Diego (4:00 pm Rio de Janeiro; GMT/UTC – 8 hours) PRESENTATION (PDF)
In early October, the Brazilian Congress voted overwhelmingly to overhaul regulations for Brazil’s oil and gas industry, reversing changes that had been put in place during the Lula government. The new law pertains to the country’s deep sea Pre-Salt fields and lifts restrictions on companies other than Petrobras as operator, as well as the minimum 30 percent stake in all projects previously ascribed to the state firm. Debate continues to swirl in Brazil around the critical topic of local content requirements for the nation’s oil and gas sector. There has been a great deal of conversation surrounding the possible restructuring of requirements for local content in oil projects and how to best manage it for bid rounds in 2017.
Join us for a webinar presentation featuring Ricardo Sennes, Partner Director at the Brazilian public policy and governmental relations advisory firm Prospectiva. Dr. Sennes will present an overview of the regulatory changes announced for Brazil’s oil and gas industry. He will also offer insights on the current political and economic landscape and discuss what the new policies and regulations signify for investment across the country’s entire oil and gas supply chain. Dr. Sennes is an authority on political and economic analysis in Brazil and has closely followed developments in the nation’s oil and gas industry.
The webinar will be held Tuesday, November 29 at 10:00am San Diego (4:00 pm Rio de Janeiro; GMT/UTC – 8 hours). Sennes’ formal presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.