Pros and Cons of a Super Regulator – The case of the Spanish Regulator

This article was first published by Inter Press Service (IPS)


Leonardo Beltrán and Andrés Chambouleyron are non-resident Fellows at the Institute of the Americas located in La Jolla, California.

Extraordinary session of the Senate of the Republic of Mexico, June 29, 2020. Credit: Senado de Mexico.


LA JOLLA, California, United States, Jul 20 2020 (IPS) – On June 10, 2020, Senator Ricardo Monreal, President of the Political Coordination Board of the Senate of Mexico, presented a legislative initiative to reform Article 28 of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, in order to cluster in a single regulator of economic competition, the Telecommunications, Broadcasting and Energy sectors. (more…)

Will Mexico’s regulatory level playing field survive? A conversation with the experts

Will Mexico’s regulatory level playing field survive? A conversation with the experts

The second presentation in the Institute of the Americas/Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center’s “Clean Energy in Mexico” webinar series will feature a discussion of regulatory developments and the implications for the Mexican power market and its medium and long-term outlook.

The virtual panel will feature three former regulators in Mexico: Former CRE Chairman Francisco Xavier Salazar and former CRE Commissioners Montserrat Ramiro and Guillermo Zuniga.

The former regulators and experts will share their insights and perspectives on the wide range of issues facing the power sector and regulatory environment derived from COVID-19, but also government policy edicts, cuts in staff and a legislative proposal to completely overhaul Mexico’s regulatory institutions and framework.

Energy Integration Key After the Pandemic

This article was first published by Mexico Business


By Leonardo Beltrán | Wed, 07/01/2020

If there is one thing, we have learned with the pandemic is that we cannot live in isolation. Developed and developing countries alike are struggling to maintain their economic sustenance, irrespective of their individual specialization and/or competitive advantage. Whether it is an agricultural, industrial or services exporting world power, the lockdowns have suddenly halted their momentum. However, the pandemic has shed light on the opportunities to enhance our collaborative work and strengthen our resiliency and stamina to weather the crisis. (more…)

June 2020

June 2020

Welcome to the June edition of Energy Panorama. We begin this month’s newsletter with a note of welcome for the incoming president of the Institute of the Americas, Richard Kiy, and an expression of gratitude to Ted Gildred III as he winds down his term as interim president. More details on the new IOA president, Richard Kiy, below.

This month’s featured report “The Day After: Latin America’s response to key energy issues derived from COVID-19” by principal author Roger Tissot is a detailed analysis based on policy and political trends likely to impact several countries’ oil industries as they emerge from the COVID-19 health crisis; how the region arrived at the pandemic crisis and how countries responded and the key emerging trends that are likely to influence policy decisions in Latin America and the so-called “day after.”

We are also pleased to share the summary report and synopsis derived from the discussions at the Virtual XXIX La Jolla Conference, as well as several of the panel videos and news coverage.

The Virtual La Jolla Conference convened as the implications of COVID-19 and the massive shock to the global oil market and its impact across the hemisphere were being felt. The discussion focused on whether the energy transition was being accelerated or delayed, the role for the region’s NOC’s particularly in recovery, the potential for key plays such as Guyana, the Pre-Salt, Vaca Muerta, Camisea and fracking in Colombia. A cross-cutting and recurring debate over whether habits and consumption had temporarily or permanently changed yielded a variety of replies. How countries and energy policymakers are navigating the dual crises were very much on display and, as expected, differed from Mexico to Chile to Peru to Uruguay to Argentina.

Our assessment of the energy transition continued this month and clean hydrogen in Latin America was at the center of two articles – one in Spanish and one in English – by Cecilia Aguillon, Director of the IOA’s Energy Transition Initiative.

Clean Energy in Mexico, our webinar series in collaboration with the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center, kicked-off with John McNeece’s presentation of our jointly-published paper “The Economic and Strategic Arguments for Renewable Energy in Mexico.”

We also convened a virtual panel discussion focused on the energy sector in Bolivia and outlook for the next administration featuring representatives from the major political parties vying in the September election. The event also featured opening remarks from IOA Board member Jose Luis Manzano.

We are also pleased to continue to bring you the insights of IOA Board member Chris Sladen and his essays written for ANZMEX, of which there were two released in June.

We look forward to our collaboration with CEBRI in Brazil on a unique virtual panel on July 15, as well as our partnership with IPD Latin America and Global Event Partners for the second Madrid Energy Conference set for Sep 28-Oct 2, being presented and held online this year.

Richard Kiy Named President of the Institute of the Americas

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XXIX La Jolla Energy Conference – Summary Report

The Day After: Latin America’s response to key energy issues derived from COVID-19

La Jolla Conference Videos

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La Jolla Conference in the News

Media coverage and stories from the Virtual La Jolla Conference

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Clean Hydrogen in Spanish – PV World

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Las disyuntivas energéticas aguardan al próximo gobierno de Bolivia

Debate sobre el futuro energético de Bolivia


Bolivia’s Energy Future – Perspectives for the Next Administration

Clean Energy in Mexico Webinar Series featuring John McNeece

Webinar: Bolivia’s Energy Future – Perspectives for the Next Administration

Webinar: Bolivia’s Energy Future – Perspectives for the Next Administration

Presentation (PDF)

Bolivia’s October 2019 election resulted in accusations of fraud, protests, counter accusations of flawed models and the president’s departure. Evo Morales left office – and the country – after more than 13 years in power replaced by Jeanine Añez in charge of a transitional government with elections pending. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic added another layer of complexity to the election calendar. But, now, the parties have agreed to hold the presidential election on September 6. With the pandemic and lockdown to confront the virus, the economy and recovery are critical themes for the next administration.

How Bolivia’s government manages the energy sector will be a key element to the broader economic development strategy and recovery in the coming months and after the new team takes office. Natural gas, a long-time generator of income for the Morales government, slumped in 2019 as part of a global commodity downturn. How a new government approaches the role of the state and specifically the national oil company, YPFB, will be important to understand, as will the energy relationship that Bolivia has developed with its neighbors, principally Brazil and Argentina. The facets of the global energy transition and the incorporation of renewable energy and further diversification of the country’s energy matrix also deserves attention from policymakers and the next team.

Among the energy-related challenges that a new Bolivian government will face are stimulating exploration for new reserves and establishing new avenues for gas exports. Brazil is increasingly awash in Pre-Salt gas, while Argentina is developing huge reserves of shale gas, leaving Bolivia with smaller markets for its landlocked supply. Under Morales, the government promoted a new pipeline to Paraguay.

Beyond natural gas, Bolivia has been trying to develop its extensive lithium reserves. Its fledgling effort recently sputtered with the government’s repeal of a joint venture agreement between Bolivia’s state-owned lithium company YLB and Germany’s ACI Systems to tap brine lithium from the Uyuni salt flats.

To better understand how the next administration will confront the energy challenges and role of the sector to drive economic development and recovery, we are pleased to convene a panel of Bolivian energy experts from across the political spectrum. The representatives will discuss their respective parties vision for the energy sector, their platform, and how, if elected, they will address the sector and what policy measures and steps they will take.

Join us for a virtual panel with Richard Botello, President of YPFB (pending); Miguel Antonio Roca, Spokesman for Comunidad Ciudadana and Coordinator of the Economic Team and Candidate for Congress from La Paz; Oscar Barriga, former president of YPFB and advisor to the MAS party.

Jose Luis Manzano, an IOA Board Member and Chairman of Integra Capital, will offer opening remarks and insights on the context for the global energy sector and in the Southern Cone.

The virtual panel webinar will be held Tuesday, June 30 at 9:00am San Diego (12:00 pm La Paz; GMT/UTC – 8 hours). The webinar will include a discussion and Q&A session with the audience.

El Futuro del Sector Energético de Bolivia – Perspectivas para la próxima administración

Las elecciones de octubre del 2019 en Bolivia resultaron en acusaciones de fraude, protestas, contra acusaciones de modelos defectuosos y la salida del presidente. Evo Morales dejó el cargo, y el país, después de más de 13 años en el poder, reemplazado por Jeanine Añez, quien quedó a cargo de un gobierno de transición con elecciones pendientes. La llegada de la pandemia COVID-19 agregó otra capa de complejidad al calendario electoral. Pero ahora, los partidos acordaron realizar las elecciones presidenciales el 6 de septiembre. Con la pandemia y cuarentena para enfrentar el virus, la economía y la recuperación son temas críticos para la próxima administración.

La forma en que el gobierno de Bolivia maneje el sector energético será un elemento clave para la estrategia general de desarrollo económico y de recuperación en los próximos meses y después de que el nuevo equipo asuma su cargo. El gas natural, un generador de ingresos durante mucho tiempo para el gobierno de Morales, se desplomó en el 2019 como parte de la caída del mercado mundial de productos básicos. Será importante entender cómo un nuevo gobierno aborda el papel del estado y específicamente la compañía petrolera nacional, YPFB, al igual que la relación energética que Bolivia ha desarrollado con sus vecinos, principalmente Brasil y Argentina. Las facetas de la transición energética global y la incorporación de energías renovables, así como una mayor diversificación de la matriz energética del país, también merecen la atención de los encargados de formular políticas y del próximo equipo de trabajo.

Entre los desafíos relacionados con la energía que enfrentará el nuevo gobierno boliviano están estimular la exploración de nuevas reservas y establecer nuevas vías para las exportaciones de gas. Brasil está cada vez más inundado de gas Pre-Sal, mientras que Argentina está desarrollando enormes reservas de gas de esquisto, dejando a Bolivia con mercados más pequeños para su suministro sin litoral. Bajo Morales, el gobierno promovió un nuevo gasoducto a Paraguay.

Más allá del gas natural, Bolivia ha estado tratando de desarrollar sus extensas reservas de litio. Este nuevo esfuerzo recientemente produjo resultados con la derogación por parte del gobierno de un acuerdo de empresa conjunta entre la compañía estatal de litio YLB de Bolivia y ACI Systems de Alemania para explotar el litio de salmuera de las salinas de Uyuni.

Para comprender mejor cómo la próxima administración enfrentará los desafíos energéticos y el papel del sector para impulsar el desarrollo económico y la recuperación, nos complace convocar a un panel de expertos en energía bolivianos de todo el espectro político. Los representantes discutirán la visión de sus respectivos partidos para el sector energético, su plataforma y si son elegidos, cómo abordarán el sector y qué políticas y pasos implementarán.

Unase a nuestro panel virtual con Richard Botello, Presidente de YPFB (pendiente); Miguel Angel Roca, Vocero de Comunidad Ciudadana y Coordinador del Equipo de EconomĂ­a y Candidato a Diputado por La Paz y Oscar Barriga, expresidente de YPFB y asesor del partido MAS.

José Luis Manzano, miembro de la Junta del IOA y presidente de Integra Capital, ofrecerá unas palabras de apertura y perspectivas en el contexto del sector energético global y del Cono Sur.

El panel virtual se llevará a cabo el martes 30 de junio a las 9:00 am San Diego (12:00 pm La Paz; GMT / UTC – 8 horas). El panel incluirá una discusiĂłn y sesiĂłn de preguntas y respuestas con la audiencia.

Non-Profit Executive Richard Kiy named Institute of the Americas’ new President and CEO

Non-Profit Executive Richard Kiy named Institute of the Americas’ new President and CEO

For more information, please contact:
Chairman of the Board, Mr. Jorge Rosenblut
Vice President & Board Secretary, Mrs. Sherry White or call +1 (858) 335-1133


June 23, 2020 La Jolla, California USA ― The Board of Directors of the Institute of the Americas (IOA) is pleased to announce that Mr. Richard Kiy will be the Institute’s new President and CEO effective August 1, 2020. Kiy brings over 25 years of experience to the position having led philanthropic, business, and government organizations, both domestically and internationally, with much of his career’s work focused on Latin America. This, together with his prior residence in two Latin American countries, made Kiy an ideal candidate for the position.


IOA chairman Jorge Rosenblut noted, “Richard brings a wealth of experience and understanding of the Americas, as well as institutional building expertise. His boundless energy and entrepreneurial spirit will be particularly important to identify and quickly take advantage of unprecedented opportunities our current COVID-19 environment is bringing to light. His unique success in the private, public, and non-for-profit sectors made him the natural person to lead the IOA to a great future. My fellow board members and I are excited to help him succeed in developing a stronger foundation for the Institute and taking the IOA to new heights.”


Kiy is currently Managing Partner of Alumbra Advisors, a consulting firm. Prior to that, for nearly 14 years, Kiy was President and CEO of the International Community Foundation (ICF) where he took the philanthropic organization’s assets from $1 million to $22 million; increased its base of donors and secured $76 million in charitable gifts to further ICF’s mission. He also expanded ICF’s geographic reach beyond the San Diego/Tijuana border region, expanding the foundation’s grant-making throughout Mexico as well as 11 other countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. He also developed several new program areas for ICF that are still active today. While at ICF, he served as Chairman and a founding board member of the US-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership.


Previous to his work at ICF, he spent two years with PriceSmart, Inc. as Senior Vice President, Business Development expanding its business reach into 6 countries of Central America and the Caribbean. Earlier on, he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Technical Director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) in Washington, D.C. as well as the Acting Environmental Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.


Kiy’s other private sector experience includes having served as Vice President for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)’s Mexican subsidiary, expanding the company’s environmental technology solutions and services business in Mexico following NAFTA’s passage. Later, he helped SAIC secure a multi-year $1.2 billion contract leading to a joint venture company with Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) where he was Director of Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) Information Systems.


Living in Escondido, California, Kiy is fluent in Spanish and holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University.


Kiy remarked, “My time away from leading ICF has re-affirmed my calling to return to the nonprofit sector where I can make a meaningful social impact in a region I care deeply about, Latin America.” Kiy noted, “I believe the Institute has a unique opportunity to spur expanded innovation, economic resilience, as well as greater social and environmental responsibility in the region. As President, I hope to leverage my diverse professional experience to enhance IOA’s reputation, reach and its sustained growth.”


Rosenblut concluded adding, “The Board is grateful to the Institute’s Interim President Theodore E. Gildred, III for stepping in to help guide the Institute during the 18-month transitional period participating in Institute programming, launching a new potential program, and managing the staff while the search process for the new President & CEO was underway. His commitment to the Institute is strong, and the time he took from his own business to help the Institute is much appreciated, and now Ted will return to help the IOA from his seat on the Board.”


Latin America’s Potential Green Hydrogen Economy

This article was first published by Inter Press Services

By Cecilia Aguillon
Cecilia Aguillon is Director of the Energy Transition Initiative at the Institute of the Americas in La Jolla, California


Providencia Solar Company

The Providencia Solar company, El Salvador. Latin America counts some of the globe’s most abundant and cost competitive renewable energy resources including hydroelectricity, solar, and wind. Credit: Edgardo Ayala / IPS


LA JOLLA, California, Jun 22 2020 (IPS)

The COVID-19 pandemic and crisis has led to increasing attention and clamor to redouble efforts toward an energy transition that would help the world reduce C02 emissions. In many countries of the region, how to manage hydrocarbons, but with an eye on the energy transition has only been accentuated. We believe clean hydrogen is part of that broader policy and reconstruction debate.

Clean hydrogen markets can be a key part of the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, accelerate the decarbonization of Latin America’s electricity and transportation sectors, attract investment and create jobs. Indeed, the possibilities for oil and gas companies to produce and deliver hydrogen should facilitate and accelerate its adoption in Latin America particularly when combined with the region’s considerable renewable energy upside. (more…)

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