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
Sheraton Quito Hotel, 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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Jul 31 2019
Webinar: Managing Methane Emissions in Mexico - Lessons from the Development and Implementation of Regulations for the Country’s Oil and Gas sector
The issue of managing methane emissions has been a critical topic and focal point for the energy industry, policymakers and regulators. A primary component of natural gas, methane is also a more damaging greenhouse gas than CO2.
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Sep 4 2019 until Sep 6 2019
Hotel Meliá Madrid Serrano
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.

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.

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.

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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