Biodiesel production becoming a zero-sum game

Summary: As diesel engines continue to lose ground against gasoline, the global biodiesel industry feels the pinch. Saddled with slow growth, a lack of technological advancement, little fresh investment and significant overcapacity, the industry increasingly turns on itself to fight for survival.

About the AuthorCarlos St. James is a leading advisor to energy investors and developers in emerging markets. He co-founded and presided over the Argentine Renewable Energies Chamber from 2005-2011; has been a board member of the Latin American & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy since 2010; and publishes the Latin American Energy Review in his free time to help generate debate on the industry’s issues.

He will speak at the LAC-CORE Clean Energy Finance Summit, June 13-15, 2017 in Miami, where industry leaders gather to discuss the sector’s issues. www.laccorefinancesummit.org.

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Why there are no investment opportunities left in the Latin American biofuels sector

Summary: The biofuels industry was at the forefront of renewable energy investment in Latin America. Since then the industry has matured and in some instances stagnated, although two countries have become world class producers.

About the AuthorCarlos St. James is an advisor to energy investors and developers in emerging markets. He co-founded the Argentine Renewable Energies Chamber in 2005; has been a board member of the Latin American & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy since 2010; founded the Middle East-Americas Energy Council in 2014; and publishes the Latin American Energy Review in his free time. He was recently named Summit Chairman of the upcoming LAC-CORE Finance Summit held at the Ritz Carlton in Miami, Florida this October 3-5.
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He will also be speaking at the Argentina International Clean Energy Congress in September as well as at the the Chile International Clean Energy Congress Week in mid-October.

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What Colombia needs to jumpstart renewable energy investment

Summary: Colombia is lagging the region in attracting renewable energy investment.  Both public and private sector share the blame.  The sector is closer to Chile’s free market style that Peru’s government sponsoring, and smaller projects are more likely to succeed. But above all, it is time to stop talking and planning — and begin building.

Carlos St JamesAbout the AuthorCarlos St. James is an advisor to energy investors and developers in emerging markets. He founded the Argentine Renewable Energies Chamber in 2005; has been a board member of the Latin American & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy since 2010; founded the Middle East-Americas Energy Council in 2014; and publishes the Latin American Energy Review in his free time.

 PrintHe was recently named Summit Chairman of the upcoming LAC-CORE Finance Summit in Miami, Florida in October 2016.

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Getting WACC’d in Latin America: How renewable energy policies affect cost of capital

Summary: Every Latin American government designs policies and establishes market mechanisms that address different risks, looking to minimize them and therefore the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) of renewable energy investment projects. This article outlines various policy risks and gives examples of individual country successes and failures.

Carlos St James closeupAbout the AuthorCarlos St. James is an advisor to energy investors and developers in emerging markets. He founded the Argentine Renewable Energies Chamber in 2005; has been a board member of the Latin American & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy since 2010; founded the Middle East-Americas Energy Council in 2014; and publishes the Latin American Energy Review in his free time.

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Three LatAm Countries Missing Out on the Renewables Extravaganza

Summary: Investment in clean energy assets in Brazil, Mexico and Chile continue to dominate the region, capturing a remarkable 87% of all investment in 2015. But Colombia, Venezuela and Argentina are consistently absent from the list of investment recipients. A discussion of the reasons behind this.

Carlos St James closeupAbout the AuthorCarlos St. James is an advisor to energy investors and developers in emerging markets. He founded the Argentine Renewable Energies Chamber; is a board member of the Latin American & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy; founded and is chairman of the Middle East-Americas Energy Council; and is publisher of the Latin American Energy Review.

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Brazilian Ethanol: Almost 40 Years Old — And Yet a Lot to Learn

A critique of the Brazilian ethanol industry making the case that lack of long term planning by the national government has led to uneven growth and missed opportunities and affecting value chains from sugarcane farmers through ethanol producers to the automotive industry, with Brazilian consumers ultimately paying the price.

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Patricia Guardabassi

Invited Contributor: Patricia Guardabassi authored this piece exclusively for The Review. She is a Giorgio Ruffolo post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She is a chemical engineer (class of 2001) and holds a master’s degree in Energy (University of São Paulo, 2006).

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Why Argentina’s Renewable Energy Program Has Stalled: Biofuels

PART I: Biodiesel’s Success Story Getting Watered Down

This is the first of a three part series entitled, Why Argentina’s Renewable Energy Program Has Stalled. This article outlines Argentina’s initial success in first generation biodiesel, first as exporter to Europe then with an increasing domestic mandate market. However, success seems to have been short-lived as political decisions have adversely affected the industry’s further development, leading to declining exports and an erratic domestic market.

Carlos St James
Carlos St James

About the Author: Carlos St. James founded the Argentine Renewable Energies Chamber; is a board member of the Latin American & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy; founded and is chairman of the Middle East-Americas Energy Council; and publisher of The Latin American Energy Review.

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