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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Black Swans & Dragon Kings: Challenges for the electric vehicle sector in Latin America

Summary: The electric vehicle market is growing globally at rates that will likely have a disruptive effect on the oil & gas industry. But in Latin America, oil is a national resource and reserves are seen as a national patrimony; national oil companies also serve as politically useful cash cows. Unless redirected, they’re headed for collision.

About the Author: Carlos 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; is a board member of the Latin American & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE); 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 to be held June 13-15, 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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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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The solar energy segment whose growth will eclipse all others in the 21st century

Summary: Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) — aka solar tiles, an integral component of the intelligent home movement — is a solar energy market segment that is projected to grow four times in the next five years to $23 billion. Easier to install than solar panels and with new designs that add to the beauty of a house, they will make panels obsolete.

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.

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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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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What the Native Americans Got Right

Kelly Williamson
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Invited Contributor: Kelly Williamson authored this piece exclusively for The Review.

You may be familiar with the anonymous Native American proverb that says,

“Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents,
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