Chile’s creativity comes to the fore in its 2017 energy auctions

Summary: Chile’s energy sector continues its positive evolution. The upcoming auctions have a number of creative features that allow renewable energy technologies to maximize their potential while minimizing the drawback that is their intermittency. New record low prices are likely to be seen — although there is one glaring risk that could harm progress.

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.

He will next be speaking at the 8th Annual World Infrastructure & Energy Summit in Barcelona on September 27 on Managing Latin America’s renewable energy targets set out by the Paris Agreement and its implications for clean energy investment.

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Argentina’s renewable energy high wire act

Summary: With financing for the budding renewable energy sector still unresolved and increasingly tight transmission grid availability, Argentina commits to another energy auction as politics take center stage.

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.

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How flight-to-quality lending is affecting Argentina’s renewable sector

Summary: As Argentina prepares for Ronda 2 of its RenovAr renewables program, all eyes remain on the largely successful Rondas 1 y 1,5 from last year. Meanwhile lenders, concerned with slow macroeconomic and structural changes, focus on larger corporates with strong balance sheets.

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

The region’s single most important industry event is the LAC-CORE Clean Energy Finance Summit, held in Miami, Florida this week (June 13-15), where investors and bankers discuss the industry’s outlook.

He has been named Conference Chair of the upcoming Congreso de energias renovables, held in Buenos Aires this June 28, and will be attending the Argentina Energy & Infrastructure Finance Forum 2017 on June 29.

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La Cámara de Compensación, Mexico’s new renewable energy clearinghouse

Summary: As Mexico’s third renewable energy auction looms, a significant change is taking place as part of its energy reforms: the offtaker is changing from a single established government entity, CFE, to a new clearinghouse with many buyers. Will investors learn to love their new counterparty? A brief analysis of the new Cámara’s structure and purpose.

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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The issue of cost overruns and project delays in renewable energy projects in Latin America

Summary: Latin American renewable energy projects suffer fairly normal completion delays compared to other regions, but are far more likely to incur project cost overruns. A brief analysis of the problem — and a call to action to remedy.

About the publisherCarlos St. James is a leading advisor to energy investors, bankers and developers in emerging markets at Wood Group’s Sgurr Energy. 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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Colombia’s hurdles to developing a viable renewable energy sector

Summary: Despite its hydro-centric energy matrix, Colombia has yet to establish a true renewable energy sector. The government needs to address three key issues if investors are to take the country seriously: the capacity payment scheme needs restructuring; the transmission grid needs expanding into the Guajira peninsula; and the clubby oligopolistic nature of the electricity sector addressed. Until then, Colombia’s boast of a low carbon economy will remain more the result of fortuitous geography than of any concerted effort.

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 the Colombian market and many other issues will be discussed.

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Making sense of Mexico’s renewable energy auctions

Summary: As Mexico prepares for its 2017 auctions, the winners of the first two in 2016 merit a closer look — especially in light of heightened economic uncertainty in the country. These auctions have proven to be the most sophisticated in the region.

Carlos St JamesAbout the AuthorCarlos St. James is a leading advisor to energy investors and developers in emerging markets since 2005. 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.

He will speak at this year’s LAC-CORE Finance Summit to be held in June 13-15, 2017 in Miami, Florida. A must attend event!

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Middle Eastern investors begin doing business with the Latin American renewable energy sector

Summary: GCC countries are embarking on a new strategy that mimics the enormous success of China: using capital diplomacy to gain access to a larger share of the trade and investment pie of emerging markets. They have begun to seek out energy investment opportunities in Latin America.

Carlos St JamesAbout the AuthorCarlos St. James is an advisor to energy investors and developers in emerging markets since 2005 through Santiago & Sinclair, LLC. He co-founded the Middle East-Americas Energy Council in 2014; co-founded and presided over the Argentine Renewable Energies Chamber from 2005-2011; and has been a board member of the Latin American & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy since 2010. He publishes the Latin American Energy Review in his free time.

He will speak at next year’s LAC-CORE Finance Summit on June 15-17, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

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Argentina’s shotgun approach to renewables creates a buyer’s market for projects

Summary: RenovAr’s Round One and 1.5 were successful, but pricing is now below true country risk, distorted in part by low-cost Chinese capital supplying technology. This has created a buyer’s market for projects, which are burdened by two shortcomings: a lack of debt availability at favorable rates and imperfect project development.

Carlos St James 2016About the AuthorCarlos St. James is a leading advisor to energy investors and developers in emerging markets since 2005 through Santiago & Sinclair, LLC. 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 (LAC-CORE) since 2010; and publishes the Latin American Energy Review in his free time.

He will speak at the upcoming LAC-CORE Finance Summit to be held next 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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