Energy & Sustainability

Shaping public policy and informing the public on matters related to energy development, investment, natural resource use, and energy transformation in the Americas. The Institute’s energy program is one of the most internationally respected in the Western Hemisphere, leveraging global insights and experiential learning to inform regional stakeholders across sectors.

Priority Areas


Accelerating the growth of the cleantech sector in the region

Energy Efficiency

Leveraging technology and policy to reduce consumption

Oil & Gas

Exploring important trends, challenges and opportunities

Low-Carbon Economies

Transforming energy generation & consumption and mobility

Enhanced Regional Integration

Developing win-win cross-border opportunities

Stakeholder Engagement

Managing complexity for successful outcomes

Energy Transition Initiative

The ETI Program objective is to shape and inform public policies and regulatory frameworks pertaining to the energy transition and to enable the region’s transition to a more sustainable energy mix. It also fosters policies to incentivize investment in renewable technologies that will accelerate the de-carbonization of the region and boost energy security and economic development.

In addition to public policy, the ETI will grow to encompass direct engagement with private sector actors. These objectives align with a core pillar of the IOA’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship program: business acceleration.

Private Sector Engagement

• Organize delegations, roundtables and targeted technical workshops to better understand California’s rapidly expanding renewables sector.

• Leverage the IOA’s relationships with private sector actors in California and North America to work with Latin American companies seeking to scale up and expand their networks throughout the region.

The ETI will engage with policymakers, journalists, and private sector actors from around the region. Given the geographical diversity of IOA’s longstanding Energy & Sustainability Program, policy expertise is not limited to one country.

Global renewable generation capacity at the end of 2017

Percent of global power generation by 2035

Latest Articles

Mexico’s Fuels Market and a “Double Whammy”

Mexico’s Fuels Market and a “Double Whammy”

Mexico is not immune to the double whammy hitting major economies and energy markets: low oil prices and demand destruction due to the coronavirus. Indeed, for Mexico there may actually be a quintuple whammy if you layer on top of the two global trends three more particular ones at home

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XXVIII La Jolla Energy Conference

Every May the Institute of the Americas brings together thought leaders from government, industry, and civil society to facilitate dialogue, inform rational policymaking, and foster a deeper understanding of the Western Hemisphere’s most critical energy and sustainability issues.

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Upcoming Events

  Date/Time Event
Critical Minerals Webinars Apr 2 2020
Webinar: The Material and Metal Security of Low-Carbon Energy Transitions
Webinar featuring a presentation by Jordy Lee, Research Associate for the Payne Institute for Public Policy at Colorado School of Mines. Details from their analysis and policy recommendations to further inform discussion and debate surrounding key facets of the global energy transition.
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Critical Minerals Webinars Feature Apr 14 2020
Webinar: Energy Resource Governance Initiative (ERGI)
Webinar will feature a presentation by Mark Pituch, Energy Officer in the Bureau of Energy Resources at the United States Department of State. He will share details of the ERGI and updates on implementation including governance principles and best practices at the core of the initiative.
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Critical Minerals Webinars Feature Apr 23 2020
Webinar: The Future of Clean Energy Demands Critical Mineral Policy Solutions
The world is accelerating decarbonization of the electric electricity and transport sectors. Most notable, perhaps, has been the growing use of batteries for storage and electrification of mobility, which in turn require an increasing supply of raw materials mined in a sustainable manner.
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Showcase of our latest podcasts from our Energy Series.

Mexico Rumors Swirling About Private Sector Energy Projects

March 18 is a seminal date in Mexico. Indeed, this year marks the 82nd anniversary of the famed announcement by President Lazaro Cardenas to expropriate private firms and nationalize the Mexican oil industry.

Will Argentina’s provinces have a renewed role in national energy policy under the Fernandez administration?

Alberto Fernandez assumed the presidency of Argentina on December 10. According to reports, the administration’s energy policy is set to be submitted to Congress for debate with the goal of concluding it before the end of the extraordinary session in February.

Mexico, Clean Energy and the Paris Accord

Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador marks one year in office on December 1. As the milestone approaches, rhetoric and innuendo swirling around the country’s energy sector and particularly its renewable energy outlook has begun to take the form of more concrete actions and policies.

Why Argentina’s first LNG export matters
In early June, Argentina exported its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo ever. Government officials and industry players agree that the path forward for monetizing the world’s second-largest shale gas play is almost exclusively an LNG conversation. The LNG shipment in early June underscores that development of the gas market is moving ahead despite the country’s macroeconomic difficulties and electoral calendar.

XXVIII La Jolla Conference Curtain Raiser

On May 22nd and 23rd the Institute of the Americas hosts the XXVIII La Jolla Energy Conference. As we count down to this year’s Conference, we’ll be raising the curtain on a few of our key topics and panels. As we gather this year, we’ll spend time assessing the dramatic transformation that the global energy sector is undergoing and implications for our hemisphere. The resurgence in upstream developments across the region will be featured but also against the backdrop of the question of how much oil and for how long? Venezuela will be a key area for discussion including our nightcap roundtable focused on political developments and a full panel on the future of the energy sector and discussion of the path forward.

Special Thanks to Our Energy & Sustainability Sponsors and Steering Committee

Contact Us


Jeremy M. Martin

Vice President Energy & Sustainability

+1 (858) 964-1715

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