Past Events

Webinar: Mexico's Round One - What's Next?

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Date: August 14
Time: 10:00 am San Diego; 12:00pm Mexico (GMT/UTC - 7 hours)
Contact: Alexis Arthur

Mexico BidMexico’s first Round One oil and gas tender, justly lauded for success of the process, raised significant questions over the blocks on offer and, perhaps most importantly, the fiscal and contractual terms set forth by the government. Indeed, while global oil prices and slashed exploration budgets shared blame, there were several other factors at play. In the wake of the bid, the Mexican government announced it would review and adjust the terms for upcoming auctions, in an effort to increase investor interest and competition.

Join us for a webinar discussion with Carlos A. Solé, Partner, and Jason K. Bennett, Partner, at Baker Botts LLP on the next phases for Round One, the lessons learned from the first tender and an update on the most pertinent contractual elements and fiscal terms for future auctions.

Solé and Bennett’s remarks will be followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience. If you are interested but unable to attend, please register anyway and we will send you the link.

Mexico’s Midterm Elections and the Shifting Political Environment

Date: August 7, 2015
Place: Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego
Time: 9:00 am
Contact: Chandler Martin

Luis RubioMexico’s midterm elections evidenced a rapidly evolving society. Whereas in the past only about 8% of Mexican voters split their vote, this time around there were races where up to 40% did so. In addition, incumbents were defeated in all but two of the state governorships up for grabs, and one of those two was won by 570 votes. The Mexican political environment is thus showing an odd mix of a federal government with neither the vision nor the capacity to implement its own reforms, together with an effervescent electorate.

Whatever else this might mean, the next presidential race in 2018 is likely to be like none before, with several credible candidates, a president to be elected with probably less than 30% of the vote, and an enormous task ahead.

We’re honored to host renowned Mexican political analyst Luis Rubio to discuss the outcome and the road ahead.  Dr. Rubio is the chairman of CIDAC, an independent research organization devoted to the study of economic and policy issues.  He is prolific writer on political, economic, financial and international subjects.

Webinar:The Future of Natural Gas in Venezuela

Date: July 29
Time: 11:00am San Diego (1:30pm Caracas; 2:00pm New York; GMT/UTC - 7 hours)
Contact: Alexis Arthur


Photo: ShutterstockPhoto: ShutterstockNatural gas in Venezuela rarely grabs headlines but its abundance warrants analysis. According to the US Energy Information Administration, Venezuela’s 196 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of proven natural gas reserves are the second largest in the Western Hemisphere after the United States. Yet exploration and production of natural gas has lagged behind the oil industry. Important developments, particularly at offshore gas fields, could begin to reverse the trend.

Join us for a webinar discussion with Antero Alvarado, Managing Partner for Gas Energy Latin America in Venezuela, who will analyze the outlook for the country’s natural gas sector. Mr. Alvarado will examine exploration and production prospects as well as export opportunities.

Mr. Alvarado’s remarks will be followed by an interactive Q&A session with the audience. If you are interested but unable to attend, please register anyway and we will send you the recording.



Webinar: Peru’s Energy Outlook 2030

Date: July 15
Time: 10:00 am San Diego (12:00pm Peru; GMT/UTC - 7 hours)
Contact: Alexis Arthur
The webinar will be held in Spanish without interpretation


icon Pedro Gamio

icon Eleodoro Mayorga

icon Fredy Vargas

Ceplan As Peru strives to continue growing its economy, the country must also address its future energy. On the back of a booming economy, demand for energy has been increasing by up to 9 percent per year.  Peru both exports and imports large amounts of energy; most of its exports consist of natural gas, and the majority of its imports are in the form of crude oil. Peru’s energy future will not only be affected by what is happening inside its borders, but also by global energy trends. What will be the world energy trends that will have the most impact in Peru in 2030?

Join us for a webinar discussion on Peru’s energy outlook with Eleodoro Mayorga Alba, Former Minister of Energy and Mines, Peru, and Pedro Gamio, former Vice-Minister of Energy and Energy Coordinator for the COP20.

Mayorga and Gamios’ presentations will be followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience. If you are interested but unable to attend, please register anyway and we will send you the recording.



Renewable Energy in Mexico’s Northern Border Region

Date: June 26, 2015
Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Place: Malamud Room/Weaver Center – Institute of the Americas at UCSD
Cost: Free for Members, Students and Academics and $10 General Public
Contact: Diana Rodriguez



WindThe Energy Reform marks the beginning of a new era in Mexico. The structural changes proposed in this Reform open the door for innovation in the electric power industry and the accelerated expansion of a renewable energy market in Mexico. The introduction of Clean Energy Certificates as well as the creation of independent national agencies, such as the National Center for Energy Control (CENACE) tasked with overseeing the transparent and safe implementation of the law, including the open and non-discriminatory access to the national transmission grid, and consequently opening the door for new players to work and compete with the state-controlled Federal Electricity Commission in the production, transmission and distribution of electricity. This, in addition to the ambitious 35% clean energy production goals by 2024 set by Mexico´s Energy Ministry, create today what is perhaps the most competitive and attractive energy market in Latin America.
Please join us for a presentation by Jonathan Pinzon, Chief Operating Officer and Principal Energy Consultant at GreenMomentum Inc., a Mexico-based cleantech and renewable energy market intelligence firm. Mr. Pinzon is an expert in Mexico´s energy sector and co-author of the recently released report on “Renewable Energy in Mexico´s Border Region”, a collaboration between GreenMomentum and the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.  
Mr. Pinzon’s presentation will be followed by a brief panel and question and answer session led by Institute of the Americas Energy Program Director Jeremy Martin and Energy Policy Associate Alexis Arthur, author of an Institute of the Americas report “Redefining Renewable Energy in Mexico."


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