Why the explosive growth in LatAm’s renewable energy M&A activity is a good sign

Summary: Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) of Latin American renewable energy assets were up more than 180% to almost $8 billion in 2015, a sign of rapidly growing new capital sources to the region and industry. This in turn will make earlier-stage capital easier to access and facilitate the construction of new assets. The timing couldn’t be better.

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 is publisher of the Latin American Energy Review.

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

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Why Latin America prefers investing in wind energy over solar

Summary: Bucking the global trend, Latin America favors investing in wind – and by a wide margin. A brief analysis on why this might be, focusing on perceptions of risk as well as struggles to embrace new social contracts.

Carlos St James closeupAbout the Author: Carlos 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 is publisher of the Latin American Energy Review.

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

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Dismantling Energy Subsidies in Latin America

Summary: The drop in oil prices creates a unique opportunity for some Latin American and Caribbean nations to reduce their costly energy subsidies. The region’s most populist governments – including Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia — have by far the highest and therefore represent the best opportunities for change. The why and how this needs to take place, using Argentina as the first agent of change.

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 is publisher of the Latin American Energy Review.

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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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Argentina increases energy imports from neighbors

Summary: Argentina’s energy crisis will get worse before it gets better. This article discusses how the country is working its neighbors for energy — to put the fires out while it begins to attract long term investment in the sector.

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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Brazil’s renewable energy industry at a crossroads

An overview of the state and outlook of Brazil’s renewable energy industry, detailing the country’s potential, renewable energy installed capacity and pricing trends, and discussion be sector including wind, bioenergy (primarily ethanol) and solar.

Camila Ramos
Camila Ramos

Invited Contributor: Camila Ramos authored this piece exclusively for The Review. She is Director at Clean Energy Latin America/CELA, and a board member of the Washington-based Latin American & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy/LAC-CORE.

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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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