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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?




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

Evento en ingles


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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Argentina Energy Roundtable: Oil & Gas, Regional Integration & Energy Transition


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Date: March 21, 2018
Schedule: 8:30am – 9:00am Registration and Welcome Coffee
9:00am – 1:30pm Panel Discussions
Place: Hilton Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Contact: Diana Rodríguez

This event will be in Spanish and closed to the press


The energy sector in Argentina continues to be a critical piece of the Macri administration’s efforts to boost economic growth and attract investment. Policy measures have taken aim at liberalization of energy prices, moving to international market pricing references for oil and gradually enabling natural gas market-based pricing. Furthermore, the government has pursued an aggressive framework for increased deployment of renewable energy. Long-term auctions have been oversubscribed and the goals for further incorporation of renewable power sources for the nation’s energy matrix continue apace.

Announcements and developments in the oil and gas sector have also pursued market-oriented goals as well as increased transparency. Export permits have been issued for private sector natural gas players to recover the regional integration opportunities with neighbors such as Chile and utilize infrastructure that was largely idle for many years. Meanwhile, possible private participation at the country’s two liquefied natural gas terminals could support efforts to reduce inefficiencies in the utilization of the infrastructure at the same time as further balancing Argentina’s natural gas market. This could be of particular importance in the winter months when power generators have often been forced to switch from natural gas to other fuels due to residential demand priorities.

But questions remain most directly related to issues of managing labor and production costs in the oil and gas sector. A major agreement in Neuquen between government, industry and union leaders in 2017 was touted as key step and perhaps model for other provinces, but also a path toward more competitive costs for oil and gas exploration and production but the results have yet to be fully realized. Moreover, development of major oil and gas and energy infrastructure projects require deftly navigating critical community, social and environmental issues that can have an impact on cost and the sustainability of project development. In addition, despite the level of interest and competition for renewable projects in Argentina, questions remain as to financing and what is required for successful project development and long-term sustainability.


  • Alejandro Sruoga, Secretary of Energy Policy Coordination, Ministry of Energy and Mining
  • Rodrigo Garcia Berro, Offshore Bid Round Coordinator, Ministry of Energy and Mining
  • Andrés Chambouleyron, Chairman, ENRE
  • Mauricio Roitman, Chairman, ENARGAS
  • Marcos Browne, Vice President, Gas & Power, YPF
  • Maurizio Bezzeccheri, Country Manager Argentina, Enel Group
  • Luis Hernan Corti, Commercial Manager, Schlumberger
  • Doris Capurro, CEO, LUFT Energia S.A.
  • Hugo Eurnekian. President, Compañía General de Combustibles
  • Raúl Garcia, President, R. Garcia Consultores
  • Enrique Grotz, Partner, Ernst & Young Argentina
  • Favio Jeambeaut, Vice President, Business Development, ENGIE Latin America
  • Daniel Ridelener, Director General, Transportadora Gas del Norte


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Mesa Redonda sobre Energía en Argentina: Petróleo y Gas, Integración Regional y Transición Energética

Fecha: Marzo 21, 2018
Horario: 8:30am – 9:00am Registration and Welcome Coffee
9:00am – 1:30pm Panel Discussions
Lugar: Hilton Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Contacto: Diana Rodríguez

Evento en español y cerrado a la prensa


El sector energético de Argentina sigue siendo una pieza clave en los esfuerzos de la administración Macri para impulsar el crecimiento económico y atraer inversión. Las medidas de políticas se han centrado en la liberalización de los precios de la energía, siguiendo los precios en el mercado internacional para el petróleo y gradualmente llegar a basarse en los precios del mercado para el gas natural. Adicionalmente, el gobierno ha incentivado un marco agresivo para incrementar el despliegue de energías renovables. Las subastas a largo plazo han excedido los pronósticos y las metas para una mayor incorporación de electricidad proveniente de fuentes de renovables en la matriz energética del país avanzan a buen paso.

Los anuncios y desarrollos en el sector de petróleo y gas también están buscando metas orientadas a los mercados, así como mayor transparencia. Se han expedido permisos de exportación de gas natural a actores del sector privado con el fin de recuperar las oportunidades de integración regional con países vecinos como Chile, y aprovechar la infraestructura que ha estado inactiva por varios años. Mientras tanto, la posible participación del sector privado en las dos terminales de gas natural licuado del país podría contribuir a reducir ineficiencias en la utilización de infraestructura y a la vez lograr un mayor equilibrio en el mercado del gas natural de Argentina. Lo anterior podría ser de particular importancia en los meses de invierno cuando los generadores de energía han tenido que ser cambiados de gas natural a otro tipo de combustible dadas las prioridades en la demanda residencial.

Pero quedan aún inquietudes en cuanto al manejo de los costos de producción y laborales en el sector de petróleo y gas. Un importante acuerdo entre el gobierno, la industria y líderes sindicales de la provincia del Neuquén en el 2017 ha sido proclamado como un paso clave y quizás un modelo para otras provincias, y además un camino hacia costos más competitivos para la exploración y producción de petróleo y gas aunque los resultados aún no se visualizan. Además, el desarrollo de grandes proyectos de petróleo y gas e infraestructura energética requiere navegar hábilmente problemas críticos en materia social, ambiental y de relación con las comunidades, los cuales pueden tener un impacto en los costos y la sostenibilidad en el desarrollo de proyectos. Adicionalmente, a pesar del grado de interés y competencia por los proyectos de energía renovable en Argentina, existen aún inquietudes en cuanto al financiamiento y los requerimientos para el desarrollo de proyectos exitosos y sostenibles en el largo plazo.


  • Alejandro Sruoga, Secretario de Coordinación de Política Energética, Ministerio de Energía y Minería
  • Rodrigo García Berro, Coordinador Rondas Offshore, Ministerio de Energía y Minería
  • Andrés Chambouleyron, Presidente del Directorio, Ente Nacional Regulador de la Electricidad (ENRE)
  • Mauricio Roitman, Presidente, Ente Nacional Regulador del Gas (ENARGAS)
  • Marcos Browne, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo, Gas y Energía, YPF
  • Maurizio Bezzeccheri, Country Manager Argentina, Enel Group
  • Luis Hernán Corti, Gerente Comercial, Schlumberger
  • Doris Capurro, CEO, LUFT Energia S.A.
  • Hugo Eurnekian. Presidente, Compañía General de Combustibles
  • Raúl Garcia, Presidente, R. Garcia Consultores
  • Enrique Grotz, Socio, Ernst & Young Argentina
  • Favio Jeambeaut, Vice President, Business Development, ENGIE Latin America
  • Daniel Ridelener, Director General, Transportadora Gas del Norte



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Webinar: Long-Term Regulatory Certainty in Mexico

Webinars 2017Date:  Thursday, March 15
Time: 10:00am San Diego (11:00am Mexico City; GMT/UTC - 8 hours).
Contact: Jacqueline Sanchez


Among the many critical pieces of the energy reform measures in Mexico are those that overhauled the nation’s energy regulatory bodies and institutional framework. At the core of the reform’s creation of new authorities, reforming, strengthening, and boosting the independence of previously established bodies, are efforts to insure transparency and continuity. The call for regulatory certainty and long-term stability and clarity is a familiar refrain in the energy sector.

Established in 2014, the National Agency for Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection of the Hydrocarbons Sector or ASEA was created with a wide ranging mandate for oversight of Mexico’s hydrocarbon sector and development including upstream and downstream projects, facilities and operations.

Recently the OECD presented a research study called “Driving Performance of Mexico´s Energy Regulators” that counted several recommendations to strengthen the Integrated System of Regulators in Mexico that include CNH, CRE and ASEA. One of the key recommendation focuses on the need of aligning the institutional design of ASEA to that of the CRE and CNH.  

Join us for a webinar presentation featuring Carlos de Regules, ASEA’s Executive Director. De Regules will provide further insights on Mexico’s energy regulatory landscape and particularly the future of ASEA and the steps it is taking in order to achieve long-term regulatory certainty. In addition, the discussion will focus on ASEA’s priorities for 2018:
1.      Formalizing ASEA’s regulatory model
2.      Optimizing operations
3.      Expanding capacity

The webinar will be held on Thursday, March 15 at 10:00am San Diego (11:00am Mexico City; GMT/UTC - 8 hours). De Regules’ formal presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.





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