Date: 18 June
Time: 11:00 am San Diego (1:00pm Colombia; GMT/UTC - 7 hours)
Contact: Alexis Arthur
Colombia’s renewable energy potential has received relatively little attention. Yet given the nation’s considerable geothermal, solar and wind prospects, Colombia could be generating far more of its electricity from renewable sources. The Colombian government has set a target of 60 percent generation from renewable sources by 2050 and is developing policy guidelines to promote investment in renewable energy projects.
Join us for a discussion of Colombia’s renewable energy outlook with John Padilla, Managing Director of IPD Latin America. Padilla’s discussion will be followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience.
If you are interested but unable to attend, please register anyway and we will send you the recording.
Date: June 19, 2015
Place: Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego
Time: 4:00 pm discussion, 5:00 pm cocktail reception
Cost: General Public $15 • Students & Faculty $10 • Free for Members. Become a Member
Contact: Chandler Martin
The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Pacific Alliance are shaping up to be transformative agreements on trade and integration in the 21st century: the TPP’s 12 member nations account for roughly 1/3 of global trade; the Pacific Alliance union between Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru accounts for more than 37% of Latin America’s GDP and provides innovative mechanisms for regional integration and cooperation.
We are honored to host Peruvian Ambassador to the United States Luis Miguel Castilla to discuss Peru’s role within each of the agreements and how the nation is defining itself on the international stage. He will also address the outlook for Peru’s economy, frequently lauded as one of Latin America’s greatest growth stories.
Prior to his role as Ambassador, Dr. Castilla served in two presidential administrations. He served as Minister of Economy and Finance of Peru from July 2011 to September 2014. Prior to that role, Castilla held several positions at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, including Deputy Finance Minister and Chief of Staff. In addition, he has over fifteen years’ experience at multilateral development banks, holding senior positions.
Date: June 23, 2015
Time: 8:30 - 9:00am Registration and Coffee
9:00am – 1:30pm Roundtable Panel Discussions
Place: Santiago, Chile – Santiago Marriott Hotel
Contact: Rita Oliveira
This event will be held in Spanish without interpretation
Upon assuming office in early 2014, Chilean president Michele Bachelet set forth a series of key markers for her administration’s efforts to confront challenges in the nation’s energy sector. Launched in May 2014, the government’s energy agenda featured priorities such as increasing competition, lowering energy prices, defining the role of the state, and interconnection of the country’s two power markets (SING and SIC) all which were at the heart of new policies and laws proffered by her government. President Bachelet also made clear that her government would develop a long-term strategy for Chile’s energy sector. The Energy 2050 initiative and its corresponding roadmap is set to be launched in the second half of 2015.
This executive roundtable is timed to coincide with the one year mark of the energy agenda and will include an assessment of the progress made to date and a discussion of policy issues still pending. Panels will focus on the nation’s first energy efficiency law and electric interconnection, as well as legislation aimed at managing the relationship between the energy sector and communities and issues of compensation. Renewed opportunities for regional integration will also be debated as a part of the roundtable.
Minister of Energy
Pedro Leon de la Barra
Manager, International Strategy
Al tomar posesión a comienzos del 2014, la presidenta de Chile, Michelle Bachelet, estableció una serie de indicadores clave para que su administración oriente sus esfuerzos en afrontar los desafíos del sector energético del país. Con su lanzamiento en mayo del 2014, la agenda de energía del gobierno destaca prioridades tales como incrementar la competitividad, reducir los precios de la energía, definir el papel del Estado e interconectar los dos sistemas eléctricos (SING y SIC). Estos precedentes fueron el corazón de las nuevas políticas y legislación impulsadas por su gobierno. La presidenta Bachelet también enfatizó que su gobierno desarrollaría una estrategia a largo plazo para el sector energético de Chile. La iniciativa Energía 2050 está programada para lanzarse en el segundo semestre del 2015.
Esta mesa redonda de discusión ha sido programada para que coincida con el primer año desde la difusión de la agenda de energía, en la cual se analizará el progreso alcanzado hasta la fecha y se discutirán asuntos en materia de política energética aún pendientes. Los paneles se enfocarán en la primera ley de eficiencia energética, interconexión eléctrica, así como la legislación que busca manejar las relaciones entre el sector energético y las comunidades y el tema de compensación. Además se debatirá en esta mesa redonda acerca de oportunidades renovadas para la integración regional.
Ministro de Energía
Pedro León de la Barra
Gerente de Estrategia Internacional
Date: June 26, 2015
Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Place: Malamud Room/Weaver Center – Institute of the Americas at UCSD
Cost: Free for Members, Students and Academics and $10 General Public
Contact: Diana Rodriguez
The Energy Reform marks the beginning of a new era in Mexico. The structural changes proposed in this Reform open the door for innovation in the electric power industry and the accelerated expansion of a renewable energy market in Mexico. The introduction of Clean Energy Certificates as well as the creation of independent national agencies, such as the National Center for Energy Control (CENACE) tasked with overseeing the transparent and safe implementation of the law, including the open and non-discriminatory access to the national transmission grid, and consequently opening the door for new players to work and compete with the state-controlled Federal Electricity Commission in the production, transmission and distribution of electricity. This, in addition to the ambitious 35% clean energy production goals by 2024 set by Mexico´s Energy Ministry, create today what is perhaps the most competitive and attractive energy market in Latin America.
Please join us for a presentation by Jonathan Pinzon, Chief Operating Officer and Principal Energy Consultant at GreenMomentum Inc., a Mexico-based cleantech and renewable energy market intelligence firm. Mr. Pinzon is an expert in Mexico´s energy sector and co-author of the recently released report on “Renewable Energy in Mexico´s Border Region”, a collaboration between GreenMomentum and the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Pinzon’s presentation will be followed by a brief panel and question and answer session led by Institute of the Americas Energy Program Director Jeremy Martin and Energy Policy Associate Alexis Arthur, author of an Institute of the Americas report “Redefining Renewable Energy in Mexico."
Date: July 29
Time: 11:00am San Diego (1:30pm Caracas; 100pm New York; GMT/UTC - 7 hours)
Contact: Alexis Arthur
Natural gas in Venezuela rarely grabs headlines but its abundance warrants analysis. According to the US Energy Information Administration, Venezuela’s 196 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of proven natural gas reserves are the second largest in the Western Hemisphere after the United States. Yet exploration and production of natural gas has lagged behind the oil industry. Important developments, particularly at offshore gas fields, could begin to reverse the trend.
Join us for a webinar discussion with Antero Alvarado, Managing Partner for Gas Energy Latin America in Venezuela, who will analyze the outlook for the country’s natural gas sector. Mr. Alvarado will examine exploration and production prospects as well as export opportunities.
Mr. Alvarado’s remarks will be followed by an interactive Q&A session with the audience. If you are interested but unable to attend, please register anyway and we will send you the recording.