Webinar: Climate Resilience in the Caribbean: Building the Business Case

Webinars 2017Date:  Thursday, February 22
Time: 11:00am San Diego (2:00 pm Washington, DC; GMT/UTC - 8 hours)
Contact: Jacqueline Sanchez


The 2017 hurricane season has put climate resilience in the Caribbean squarely on the front page. Hurricanes Irma and Maria ripped through the Caribbean with 185-mph winds. These storms affected nine Caribbean islands, reportedly the first time in recent history when this many islands were hit simultaneously. Hurricane Maria damaged about 98 percent of the power transmission and distribution (T&D) network in Dominica. In Barbuda, Irma destroyed the entire electrical grid and severely damaged the island’s generation assets. The resulting service disruptions to essential services and productive sectors have far-reaching impacts on the economy, and can set countries back decades overnight.   And countries that were lucky enough not to be affected substantially this time worry about the next season and the one after that. There is now widespread recognition in the region that the energy system and related infrastructure is “too big to fail” and that something must be done to improve climate resilience.

Join us for a webinar presentation on climate resilience featuring Mark Lambrides, Senior Energy Specialist at the World Bank and Adam Borison, Senior Vice President at Nathan Associates. The focus is on lessons learned, next steps, and building the business case for resiliency.

Mark Lambrides will review the current post-hurricane situation in the Caribbean – what happened and why. He will then discuss the World Bank’s strategic plan to improve resilience. An integrated risk management framework is being developed, consisting of two essential components: (a) enhancing system resilience to maximize its capacity to withstand adverse climatic impacts, through a combination of better planning, improved systems operations, “hardening” of energy assets, and deployment of distributed generation; and (b) being better prepared for rapid resource deployment and response when damages are sustained, and to recover from such events efficiently and quickly.

Adam Borison will discuss the importance of building a business case behind proposed investments in climate resilience, and will illustrate how that case can be developed and communicated. What investments should we make to improve metrics we really care about? How can we provide appropriate incentives – both carrots and sticks – for those investments? How can we finance those investments? He will describe a framework for answering these questions that extends from hazards such as excessive wind and rain, to damage at individual assets and interdependent networks, and ultimately to “actionable” metrics involving access to energy, food, water, telecommunications and healthcare.

The one-hour webinar will be held on Thursday, February 22 at 11:00am San Diego (2:00 pm Washington, DC; GMT/UTC - 8 hours). Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.




Mexico Oil & Gas Breakfast: Infrastructure & Fuels Markets – A Complex Transition


Date: February 27, 2018
Schedule: 8:00am – 8:30am Registration and Breakfast
8:30am – 11:30am Breakfast & Panel Discussions
Place: Marriott Reforma Hotel, Mexico City, Mexico
Contact: Diana Rodriguez
This event will be in Spanish and closed to the press

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Mexico’s energy reforms have created a major overhaul of the nation’s entire energy sector. Among the myriad changes being implemented, major opportunities have emerged with regards to Mexico’s fuels and liquids market, as well as infrastructure development associated with fuel sales, supply, storage and distribution. Mexico’s fuels market is the fourth largest in the world and has experienced considerable growth in the last several years making it attractive to a wide-range of companies and investors. Growth is driven by transportation, power demand and underpinned by strong population growth.

Last year saw several deregulation milestones met on the path toward a liberalized fuel market, as well as important advances in open seasons aimed at ultimately boosting related infrastructure, both in liquid fuels and natural gas.  In what has become a rapidly changing market, a growing list of international companies, traders and Mexican firms have begun to develop projects with an eye to establishing themselves in Mexico’s fuel and liquids business.

But as with other energy segments and the reform’s implementation, critical questions remain and face the Mexican government and investors. Most important perhaps are the real concerns over increasing levels of “red tape” and also how companies navigate the complexity of community, social and environmental issues as major infrastructure projects, not to mention dozens of new retail facilities, are constructed and then brought online. Furthermore, attention by all parties is required to best manage the process for the complete opening of existing capacity, the pricing formulas that promote open and fair competition, the losses derived from pipeline non-operation, and possibilities for a rise in the price of oil in an election year. Likewise, it is worth noting the critical challenge of the country's security particularly in terms of fuel theft that has continued to rise over the last several years.


  • Aldo Flores, Deputy Secretary for Hydrocarbons, SENER
  • Guillermo Garcia Alcocer, Chairman, CRE
  • Juan Carlos Zepeda, Chairman, CNH
  • David Madero, Director General, CENAGAS
  • Carlos de Regules, Executive Director, ASEA
  • César Hernández Ochoa, Head of the Planning, Liaison and International Affairs Unit, COFECE)
  • Pedro Elio, Director Natural Gas Marketing, BP Mexico
  • Emilio Estrada, Director General, G500 Network
  • Tania Ortiz Mena, Chief Development Officer, IEnova
  • Walter Pesenti, Senior Vice President, Nathan Associates
  • Jorge R. Piñón, Director, Institutional Relations – Mexico, The Office of the Vice President for Research, The University of Texas at Austin



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Fecha: Febrero 27, 2017
Horario: 8:00am – 8:30am Registro y Desayuno
8:30am – 11:00am Desayuno y Paneles de Discusión
Lugar: Hotel Marriott Reforma, Ciudad de México, México
Contacto: Diana Rodríguez

Este evento será en español y estará cerrado a la prensa

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La reforma energética de México ha transformado completamente el sector energético del país. Dentro de los numerosos cambios que se están implementando, han surgido grandes oportunidades para el mercado de los combustibles líquidos, así como para el desarrollo de infraestructura relacionada con la venta, suministro, almacenamiento y distribución de los mismos.  El mercado de los combustibles de México es el 4º más grande del mundo y ha crecido considerablemente en los últimos años, haciéndolo atractivo para una amplia gama de compañías e inversionistas.  Este crecimiento es impulsado por el transporte, la demanda de electricidad y reforzado aún más por el sólido crecimiento de la población.

El año pasado se lograron metas en materia de desregulación con el objetivo de liberar el mercado de los combustibles, al igual que se lograron importantes avances en las temporadas abiertas, enfocadas a impulsar el desarrollo de infraestructura tanto para combustibles líquidos como para gas natural. En un mercado que ha venido cambiando rápidamente, un creciente número de compañías y comercializadoras internacionales, así como firmas mexicanas, han iniciado el desarrollo de proyectos con la posible intención de establecerse en el negocio de los combustibles líquidos de México.

Pero como ocurre con otros segmentos de la implementación de la reforma, quedan muchas inquietudes críticas que el gobierno mexicano e inversionistas deben afrontar. Algunas de las más importantes son la preocupación acerca de la excesiva tramitología y cómo las compañías abordan asuntos tan complejos como el compromiso social, ambiental y la relación con las comunidades a medida que nuevos y grandes proyectos se construyen, incluso la cantidad de nuevas gasolineras. También genera expectativa el ritmo y proceso para completar la apertura final de la capacidad existente, la fórmula para fijar los precios que impulsen una verdadera y justa competencia, las pérdidas de los oleoductos fuera de operación, y lo que implica un alza en los precios del petróleo en un año de elección, y al igual cabe resaltar el reto de la seguridad del país en cuanto al robo de combustibles que sigue aumentando.



  • Aldo Flores, Subsecretario de Hidrocarburos, Secretaría de Energía (SENER)
  • Guillermo García Alcocer, Comisionado Presidente, Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE)
  • Juan Carlos Zepeda, Comisionado Presidente, Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH)
  • David Madero, Director General, Centro Nacional de Control de Gas Natural (CENAGAS)
  • Carlos de Regules, Director Ejecutivo, Agencia Nacional de Seguridad Industrial y de Protección al Medio Ambiente del Sector Hidrocarburos (ASEA)
  • Héctor Moreira, Comisionado, Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH)
  • César Hernández Ochoa, Titular de la Unidad de Planeación, Vinculación y Asuntos Internacionales, Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica (COFECE)
  • Pedro Elio, Director de Mercadeo de Gas Natural, BP México
  • Emilio Estrada, Director General, G500 Network
  • Tania Ortiz Mena, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo de Desarrollo, IEnova
  • Walter Pesenti, Vicepresidente Senior, Nathan Associates
  • Jorge R. Piñón, Director, Relaciones Institucionales - México, Oficina del Vicepresidente de Investigación, The University of Texas at Austin


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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 Rodriguez

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 Electricity, Ministry of Energy and Mining
  • Andrés Chambouleyron, Chairman, ENRE
  • Mauricio Roitman, Chairman, ENARGAS
  • Maurizio Bezzeccheri, Country Manager Argentina, Enel Group
  • Doris Capurro, CEO, LUFT Energia S.A.
  • Raúl Garcia, President, R. Garcia Consultores
  • Enrique Grotz, Partner, Ernst & Young Argentina
  • 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 Rodriguez

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, Secretaría de Energía Eléctrica, 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)
  • Maurizio Bezzeccheri, Country Manager Argentina, Enel Group
  • Doris Capurro, CEO, LUFT Energia S.A.
  • Raúl Garcia, Presidente, R. Garcia Consultores
  • Enrique Grotz, Socio, Ernst & Young Argentina
  • Daniel Ridelener, Director General, Transportadora Gas del Norte


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