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

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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

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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
Jul 25 2019
Quito, Ecuador
Ecuador Energy Roundtable: Sustainable Development in a country with abundant renewable and non-renewable natural resources
Ecuador is a resource rich nation. A member of OPEC, Ecuador in many ways remains largely a hydrocarbons economy. The South American nation counts just over 8 billion barrels of proven reserves and produces roughly 530,000 barrels per day.
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Sep 4 2019 until Sep 6 2019
The Madrid Energy Conference
An international assembly of top level business executives and government officials from Latin America, Europe, and the world will come together to explore the vast cross-regional opportunities at the intersection of E&P, infrastructure, renewables, and finance.
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Showcase of our latest podcasts from our Energy Series.

Argentina´s Distributed Generation Market: The Devil is in the Details

Last December, Argentina enacted regulations to implement law No. 27.191 to accelerate its distributed generation (DG) market, decentralize energy sources, reduce emissions and create jobs.  As with most nascent legal and regulatory measures, success will depend on designing the proper policies that will attract local investment and grow its DG market sustainably.

Venezuela’s Political Outlook: A conversation with David Mares

With increasing international support for Juan Guaido’s interim government, a deepening economic crisis and tightening sanctions, what does it mean politically for the Maduro government and what are the next steps for dialogue, elections and new leadership in the oil-rich nation? We spoke to David Mares, a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego to address these questions and to further understand the rapidly changing domestic and international political elements of the Venezuela crisis.

Fuels and Finance in Mexico: A conversation with Marco Cota, CEO of Talanza Energy

Since the new year arrived in Mexico, the headlines have been dominated by the issue of gasoline theft, fuels consumption and logistics but particularly shortages. The Lopez Obrador government crackdown on the so-called huachicoleo and illegal fuels market has led to a national debate over the interconnected issues of corruption and availability of gasoline to meet the ever-growing demand in the country. We spoke to Marco Cota, CEO of Talanza Energy for his insights on the current fuels issues facing Mexico as well as the broader questions surrounding oil and Pemex and particularly finance and investment implications.

Special Thanks to Our Energy & Sustainability Sponsors and Steering Committee

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Jeremy M. Martin

Vice President Energy & Sustainability

+1 (858) 964-1715

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