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.
Since the historic constitutional amendment of December 2013, there have been a series of important milestones along the path to reforming and modernizing Mexico’s oil and gas sector. December 5 marks the latest, and perhaps most important, test for the reform and the goals the Pena Nieto government outlined at the outset of its administration. Almost exactly three years to the date after the reform was promulgated, several large-scale projects and enormous investments in Mexico’s barely-explored deepwater will be auctioned, as will the first significant partnership opportunity with Pemex.
Join us for a webinar panel discussion featuring Jason Fargo, Latin America Team Leader at Energy Intelligence; Alejandra Leon, Director, Latin America Upstream at IHS; and, Jeremy Martin, Vice President for Energy & Sustainability at the Institute of the Americas. The webinar will be held Tuesday, December 6 at 9:00am San Diego (11:00 am Mexico City; GMT/UTC – 8 hours).
Timed to coincide with the results of the deepwater oil and gas auction in Mexico, the panel will take stock of Mexico’s energy reform with an emphasis on Pemex, the country’s upstream, and partnerships with Pemex. The panel will also assess the status of institutional advances in Mexico’s oil and gas sector.
Chile’s energy sector garnered international headlines earlier this year with a successful electric auction. Chile’s auction was part of a highly competitive renewable energy wave sweeping the region from Mexico to Peru to Argentina that has drawn analysis in terms of the competitivity of renewables, but also the implications for system operation and grid management. In northern Chile, the question of incorporating renewables, particularly solar energy is a major point of discussion. Similarly, the discussions surrounding integration with Peru continue apace and prospects for electric interconnection remain real and must be considered by energy markets in both countries.
Join us for a webinar presentation led by Daniel Salazar Jaque, Director of Chile’s electric system operator CDEC-SING. He will provide an overview of Chile’s northern electric system and network, local interconnection and regional integration prospects from Chile’s vantage, as well as how to best to manage the increased deployment and insertion of renewable energy in northern Chile with an emphasis on solar energy developments.
The webinar will be held Thursday, November 3 at 11:00am San Diego (3:00 pm Santiago; GMT/UTC – 8 hours). Salazar’s formal presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.
From Colombia to Chile to Brazil there are myriad examples of major energy projects across the hemisphere that have been impacted by a series of elements that can effect successful project development and implementation. Indeed, throughout the life cycle of energy investments, “above ground” or non-technical risks such as political, financial, social, and environmental issues emerge that are often just as critical and constitute key success factors for sustainable development and investment.
Join us for a webinar presentation featuring William Feragotto, Partner, Environmental Resources Management (ERM). Sustainable financing of projects comprises a wide range of factors and considerations that will be the feature of Mr. Feragotto’s presentation and analysis. How governments, industry, NGO’s and communities engage and interact bears increased attention by companies and policymakers alike.
#IOASTEM2019 has begun at the beautiful city of Buenos Aires. Today is the start of the Professional Workshop for STEM Argentinian Instructors. We learned fun and innovative STEM teaching activities conducted by Gustavo Riestra and Newton Almeida at Leloir Institute.