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Webinar: Chile’s Energy Policy Roadmap – La Ruta Energética

Webinars 2017

Date: Thursday, 19 July 2018
Time: 9:00am San Diego (12:00 pm Santiago; GMT/UTC – 8 hours)
Contact: Jacqueline Sanchez


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.




Webinar: Energy Transition Initiative and Solar Distributed Generation

Webinars 2017

Date: Thursday, 21 June 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. San Diego (1:00 p.m. Washington, DC; GMT/UTC - 8 hours).
Contact: Jacqueline Sanchez


Cecilia AguillonPhotovoltaic (PV) technology used presently dates back to the 1950´s when the first PV cell was made at Bell Labs in California and was used to power satellites in the 1970´s. Subsequently, a handful of Japanese high-tech manufacturers and European oil companies utilized the technology to power off-grid applications.

The first PV systems connected to the electric grid were done at homes in Japan and Europe in the 1980´s. The distributed generation market using PV technology was born in Japan where the government implemented a rebate program for homeowners in 1994. The European Union took advantage of the cost reductions in early 2000´s and created a program to encourage the deployment of PV systems at homes, businesses, and in open spaces. They implemented an incentive program called Feed in Tariffs.

The State of California enacted the California Solar Initiative to promote distributed solar energy in 2007 by borrowing from lessons learned in Japan and Germany, both countries with high penetration of solar technologies. A 10-year or 10-step program was designed with reimbursement payments assigned to residential rate-payers and a payment based of kWh production for commercial and industrial customers up to 1MW.

Join us for a webinar presentation on distributed generation experience in California from the policy and market perspectives featuring Cecilia Aguillon, the new Energy Transition Initiative Director at the Institute of the Americas. She comes to the Institute with 18 years of experience in designing and implementing distributed solar policies and developing business in emerging markets for Kyocera Corporation in the Americas.

Cecilia will share key facets of solar distributed generation’s evolution and how California capitalized on lessons learned from Asia and Europe to design the most successful photovoltaic market for communities across the state and beyond. She will discuss the role of different stakeholders in the solar market and key lessons learned. She will compare approaches by other markets that fell short of the mark, and discuss how Latin America could benefit from the California experience and address the following questions: Which policies could be adopted beyond the U.S.? Which markets in Latin America have adopted similar policies? How can the California model be modified to fit the objectives of diverse markets? Can distributed policies coexist with utility scale and auction markets?




Why Mexico’s Election, NAFTA, and U.S.-Mexico Relations Are Important to You

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Time: 6:00-6:30 p.m. Registration and Reception 6:30-8:00 p.m. Presentation and Q&A
Location: Institute of the Americas Malamud Room in the Weaver Conference Center
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Remarks by

Earl Anthony Wayne Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (2011-2015)

Ambassador Earl Anthony WayneU.S.-Mexico relations seem to be nearing an inflection point. Mexico’s national elections will take place July 1. Nationalist Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known as AMLO) – seen by some as Mexico’s answer to President Donald Trump – is running far ahead in opinion polls. A sweeping win by AMLO’s left-wing, populist party, Morena, could mean implementation of policies feared by foreign investors and inimical to traditional U.S. positions. Mexico has responded to President Trump’s recent decision to impose metal tariffs with retaliatory tariffs of its own. The Mexican government expressed disappointment with the U.S. tariff decision but reiterated its commitment to achieving a successful modernization of NAFTA. Many Mexican observers, however, see the tariff battle as placing the already difficult NAFTA negotiations in serious peril.

  • Will trade relations between the U.S. and Mexico break down?
  • Could that lead to an economic crisis in Mexico and/or a U.S. recession?
  • Will diplomatic relations unravel further if AMLO is elected and reacts more strenuously to President Trump’s pronouncements about Mexico?
  • What will happen to bilateral cooperation against drug trafficking and gang violence?

Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne, one of the most respected U.S. experts on Mexico, will help provide answers to some of these troubling questions.

About Amb.Wayne

Earl Anthony Wayne served as an American diplomat from 1975 to 2015. The U.S. Senate confirmed him as a Career Ambassador in 2010. He is currently a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Senior Non-Resident Advisor at the Center for Security and International Studies and at the Atlantic Council. Wayne is an advisor for HSBC Bank in Latin America on countering illicit finance. In addition, Wayne was elected Treasurer of the American Foreign Service Association. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (2011-2015), Deputy U.S. Ambassador and Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs in Afghanistan (2009-2011), and U.S. Ambassador to Argentina (2006-2009). Prior, he headed various high level positions in Europe and Canada. He is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2017 Director General’s Cup for the Foreign Service and the 2015 Cobb Award for Initiative and Success in Trade Development. Wayne has an MPA from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University, an MA from Princeton University, an MA from Stanford University, and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.



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Webinar: 2018 BP Energy Outlook

Webinars 2017Date: Wednesday, May 9
Time: 12:00pm San Diego (3:00 pm Washington, DC; GMT/UTC - 8 hours)
Contact: Jacqueline Sanchez




The global energy landscape is changing. What are the key factors influencing the shift in the energy mix and the pace at which it is evolving? The BP Energy Outlook outlines a potential path for energy demand based on assumptions about future changes in policy, technology and the economy.

Join us for a discussion of the 2018 Outlook with Mark Finley, General Manager of Global Energy Markets at BP. He will share the company’s views of future global energy markets through 2040 and explore a range of scenarios. Finley’s presentation will be global in scope and will include specific discussion and focus on the North American dimensions of the outlook. His remarks will be followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 9 at 12:00pm San Diego (3:00pm Washington, DC; GMT/UTC - 8 hours).




Renewable Energy in the State of Jalisco, Mexico: Outlook for Project Opportunities and Partnerships


Date: April 25
Time: 8:00 am-6:30 pm
Place: Malamud Room, Institute of the Americas, La Jolla, CA
Cost: $100.00 General Public; $50.00 NGO/Academia
Contact: Jacqueline Sánchez
The event will be in English


Jalisco Renewal EnergyJoin the Institute of the Americas (IOA), the State of Jalisco Energy Agency, and the US Commercial Service for an overview of the energy sector in the State of Jalisco, as well as an outlook and insights into specific opportunities in the sector, and the panorama of potential projects and partnerships that will boost innovation and deployment of renewable technologies, while also supporting the state’s effort to achieve its climate change goals.

The Director General of the State of Jalisco Energy Agency, Sergio Medina González will share the state’s strategic plans and further outline projects and investment opportunities.

The State of Jalisco, located in the west on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, is one of the most important players in Mexico’s economic development with a population of 8.1 million and annual GDP of approximately  $1.3 trillion pesos(approximately $70 billion USD) and accounts for 7.1% of Mexico’s GDP. The state counts a diverse economy with activities ranging from trade, transport to real estate but primarily from the agricultural sector, which is increasingly impacted given that it’s in a global warming high-sensitivity territory.

Due to the impact of extreme climate on its agricultural sector, the State of Jalisco is committed to tackle climate change through different actions and has become a leader on energy and environmental initiatives with its “Low Carbon State Program” that aims to develop carbon management tools to reduce the state’s energy consumption and further deployment of renewable energy.

In 2016, the State signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the California Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission in order to enhance cooperation between California and Jalisco on Clean Energy Policies and Programs. This agreement establishes tangible actions to promote cooperation in mutual interest areas such as energy efficiency, renewable energy development and the use of clean energy technology.  According to this agreement, to accomplish these goals it is very important to share information and expertise on shifting power supply to integrate increasing amounts of renewable energy into the electrical grid and to coordinate on scientific research and share information on clean energy technology. These actions will  have a positive impact to reduce climate change in the State of Jalisco and will also opened up business opportunities in renewable energy and sustainable technologies in the years to come.


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Energía Renovable en el Estado de Jalisco, México: Perspectivas de Oportunidades de Proyectos y Asociaciones

Fecha: 25 de Abril, 2018.
Hora: 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Lugar: Instituto de las Américas, La Jolla, California, USA.
Contacto: Jacqueline Sánchez

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Jalisco Energia RenovableAcompañe al Instituto de las Américas (IOA), la Agencia de Energía del Estado de Jalisco y el Servicio Comercial de los EE. UU. a este magno evento en el cual se darán a conocer las principales características del sector energético del Estado de Jalisco y  las perspectivas sobre oportunidades específicas para el desarrollo de proyectos y asociaciones que impulsarán la innovación energética y el despliegue de tecnologías limpias en el estado, al mismo tiempo que se contribuye con los esfuerzos del estado para lograr sus objetivos en materia de cambio climático.

El Director General de la Agencia de Energía del Estado de Jalisco, Sergio Medina González, compartirá los planes estratégicos, así como las oportunidades en inversión y proyectos en materia energética del estado.

El Estado de Jalisco, es uno de los actores económicos más importantes de México, está ubicado en el occidente del país y cuenta con 8.1 millones de habitantes y un PIB anual de aproximadamente $1.3 billones de pesos (aproximadamente $70 mil millones de dólares), contribuyendo con el 7.1% del PIB de México. El Estado cuenta con una economía diversa con actividades que van desde el comercio, el transporte hasta el sector inmobiliario, sin embargo, la principal actividad económica se encuentra en el sector agrícola, el cual se ve cada vez más afectado debido a la vulnerabilidad del territorio a los efectos calentamiento global.

Debido al impacto del clima extremo en su sector agrícola, el Estado de Jalisco se ha comprometido con la mitigación del cambio climático a través de diferentes acciones y se ha convertido en un líder en iniciativas energéticas y medioambientales con su "Programa Estatal para la Acción ante el Cambio Climático" el cual busca desarrollar herramientas de gestión de carbono para reducir el consumo de energía del estado y un mayor despliegue de energías limpias y renovables.

En 2016, el Gobierno del Estado de Jalisco firmó un Memorándum de Entendimiento con la Comisión de Conservación y Desarrollo de Recursos Energéticos de California, para mejorar la cooperación entre California y Jalisco en Políticas y Programas de Energía Limpia. Este acuerdo establece acciones tangibles para promover la colaboración en áreas de interés común como la eficiencia energética, el desarrollo de energías renovables y el uso de tecnologías limpias. De acuerdo con este memorándum para lograr estos objetivos es muy importante compartir información y experiencia sobre la utilización de nuevas fuentes de energía para integrar cantidades crecientes de energía renovable en la red eléctrica y para coordinar la investigación científica y compartir información sobre tecnología de energía limpia. Estas acciones tendrán un impacto positivo en la mitigación del cambio climático en el estado de Jalisco y también abrirán oportunidades comerciales en energías renovables y tecnologías limpias en los años venideros.


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