The U.S. fossil fuel/renewable energy revolutionary industry merger fantasy thing is hereby cancelled

Summary: The U.S. petroleum industry is about to be given free rein to continue to lobby against climate change, merely delaying its day of reckoning as a repeat of the tobacco industry. Meanwhile, the European oil & gas industry — as well as other sectors — have demonstrated a willingness to begin to invest heavily in clean tech and are leading the way for fresh capital flows into renewable energy.

Carlos St JamesAbout the AuthorCarlos St. James is Managing Director of Santiago & Sinclair, LLC, a research and financial advisory firm to energy investors in emerging markets. He is a co-founder of the Argentine Renewable Energies Chamber; 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.

He will speak at next year’s LAC-CORE Finance Summit to be held in June 2017 in Miami, Florida.

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U.S. policies will accelerate investment in renewable energy – in emerging markets

Summary: The new U.S. administration’s policies will result in a temporary decline in investment in renewable energy in the United States. This will prove a boon to emerging markets, hungry for more capital. But perhaps most significant is that these decisions open the door to what may be the most significant geopolitical opportunity of the 21st century: leadership in clean energy.

Carlos St James 2016About the AuthorCarlos St. James is Managing Director of Santiago & Sinclair, LLC, a research and financial advisory firm to energy investors in emerging markets. He is a co-founder of the Argentine Renewable Energies Chamber; 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.

He will speak at next year’s LAC-CORE Finance Summit to be held in June 2017 in Miami, Florida.

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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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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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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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The Outlook for Renewable Energy in Latin America: A Banker’s View

Taking the long view, this article makes the case that the renewable energy industry is one third of the way into a century long success story. Latin America has all the requisite stakeholders in place: financial institutions, technology providers, and certainly an abundance of natural resources. Ultimate success depends on global priorities: the winning energy sources will be the ones that meet humanity’s goals best. If the goal is lowest-cost energy, then fossil fuels will win – until it runs out. If the goal is low cost and least pollution, then natural gas and renewables will win. If the goal is least impact on global warming, then nuclear power and renewable energy will win.

Michael Eckhart
Mike Eckhart

Invited Contributor: Michael Eckhart authored this piece exclusively for The Review. He is Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability for Citigroup in New York City.

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