Energy Panorama January 2021

Welcome to the first installment of Energy Panorama for 2021.

To kick off the new year, our Non-Resident Fellows prepared short essays assessing the key trends and issues across the hemisphere. Their perspectives are compiled in this month’s featured report: Western Hemisphere 2021 Energy Landscape and Outlook.

On January 15, we dove right into programming and hosted our Ecuador Virtual Energy Roundtable. We reiterate our gratitude to Minister of Energy Rene Ortiz and his entire team for their collaboration and participation in our discussions of the investment climate, upcoming election cycle, priority projects and efforts to consolidate the gains of the current administration in the energy sector. The ministry’s summary, our synopsis report and recordings of the keynote address and panels are included below.

We were also quite busy in January with a variety of opinion essays and commentaries. We weighed in on topics ranging from the outlook for oil and gas in the region this year to the Biden administration’s cancelation of the Keystone XL pipeline. We also offered our insights on the potential for renewable energy in Trinidad & Tobago and Peru as well as the role for the electric sector and enhanced grid infrastructure to support economic recovery.

As we do each month, we are pleased to share the latest ANZMEX Energy Matters essays penned by IOA board member Chris Sladen.

Be sure to join us next month, on February 11, for the launch of the Energy & Sustainability program’s report: China Stakes Its Claim in Latin American Energy: What It Means for the Region, the U.S. and Beijing.

Lastly, stay tuned for our announcement on the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the La Jolla Conference in May.

Featured Report

Western Hemisphere 2021 Energy Landscape and Outlook


Ecuador Virtual Energy Roundtable Videos

Playlist Library


Ecuador Virtual Energy Roundtable Summary

Institute of the Americas Report

Ministry of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources Summary

Opinion & Analysis

National Electric Grid Key to Faster Economic Recovery

Is Revoking the Keystone XL Permit a Good Decision?

COVID-19 and Climate Change Prompt an Energy Rethink in Trinidad and Tobago

Will Peru Make Progress on its Energy Transition?

What Lies Ahead for Latin America’s Energy Sector?

Chris Sladen ANZMEX Energy Matters Vol 29

Chris Sladen ANZMEX Energy Matters Vol 28


In the News

Ecuador ratifica la continuidad de su subasta de energías renovables por 200 MW

OLADE exhorta a gobiernos latinoamericanos a desarrollar políticas energéticas a largo plazo

Ecuador refinery project caps Moreno reform effort

Exxon had offered more gas per day than Guyana needs – Patterson admits

Energy Protectionism in Mexico Has Made Climate the Victim

New U.S. Administration Likely Means More Natural Gas for Mexico, Expert Says

Argentina’s bet on Vaca Muerta needs international financing