Latin America’s renewable energy investment shifts towards Sonoran sun and Patagonian wind

Summary: With Brazil’s economic and political woes continuing, investors are migrating to both ends of Latin America – towards Mexico in the north and to the southern cone countries of Chile and Argentina – for their next round of investments in solar and wind. Each of these markets represent different risks and rewards.

About the publisherCarlos St. James is a leading advisor to energy investors, bankers and developers in emerging markets at Wood Group. He is also a board member of the Latin American & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE) and publishes the Latin American Energy Review to help generate debate on the industry’s issues.

The region’s single most important event is the upcoming LAC-CORE Clean Energy Finance Summit, held in Miami, Florida this coming June 13-15, where investors and bankers discuss the industry’s outlook. See you there!

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How one wind turbine manufacturer came to dominate the Chilean market

Summary: Chile has more than a gigawatt of installed wind capacity, the third highest in Latin America (after Brazil and Mexico). One vendor has achieved a commanding 68% market share – far more than it in any other market. How did this come about, and what lessons can be learned? A study in vision and management skills.

About the publisherCarlos St. James is a leading advisor to energy investors, bankers and developers in emerging markets at Wood Group. He is also a board member of the Latin American & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE) and publishes the Latin American Energy Review to help generate debate on the industry’s issues. His upcoming speaking engagements include:

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Chilean government makes life harder for its renewable energy sector

Summary: Chile has a longstanding love of free markets — far more than anyone else in the region. And while this trait is one of the reasons clean energy investors have flocked to the country in the past, it has also led to losses, misapplied capital, and missed opportunities for growth. Investors are now thinking twice, as there seems to be inadequate support to allow for a coherent investment framework to take place.

Carlos St James 2016About the AuthorCarlos St. James is Managing Director of Santiago & Sinclair, LLC, 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; and publishes the Latin American Energy Review in his free time.

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Why the Latin American renewable energy sector needs to convene

Summary: The Latin American renewable energy sector has developed well in part because of solid institutions and increasing access to transparent information. The next step in its evolution is an annual event where the regional  industry can meet to celebrate its successes, to honor its leaders, and to debate the issues.  That event will take place in Miami this October.

Carlos St JamesAbout 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. LAC-CORE Finance Summit

 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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Latin America’s revolución energética needs more revolutionaries

Summary: Significant declines in renewable energy PPA pricing in the region makes clear we are dealing with a commodity with understandable and quantifiable technology risks – a business model that has not really changed since inception a century ago. Yet the true energy revolution that will transform the way citizens power their lives has yet to capture the imagination of our region. This brief analysis makes the case that once it does, it is likely to be stronger in Latin America than anywhere else.

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. 

LAC-CORE Finance SummitHe was recently named Summit Chairman of the upcoming LAC-CORE Finance Summit held at the Ritz Carlton in Miami, Florida this October, which will include discussions on the opportunities in smart grids.

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Burned in Chile: The folly of merchant solar power

Summary: Pro-market policies have led to over a gigawatt of solar photovoltaic parks now operating in Chile. But with few long term offtake agreements available, an alarmingly high percentage of these depend on the spot price to generate revenues – which regularly drops to $0/MWh in the afternoons.

Carlos St JamesAbout 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 to generate debate and educate on industry issues.

Layout 1He was recently named Summit Chairman of the upcoming LAC-CORE Finance Summit in Miami, Florida in October 2016.

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How Argentina is transforming into a viable renewable energy market

Summary: Argentina has begun an in-depth scrubbing to make itself attractive to outside investors.  It needs more than $5 billion in renewable energy investments in the next year. There are a number of developed projects seeking investors for this year’s tenders — and the pricing will cause serious temptation.

IMG_0600 croppedAbout 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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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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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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