Russia using Latin American decoy to gain control of U.S. energy assets

Summary: Venezuela recently gave Russia’s oil company a lien on its U.S. assets — one of the ten largest refinery companies in the country — in exchange for what seems at first glance a remarkably small loan. Upon its inevitable default, Russia will have control over strategic energy assets in the U.S. This geopolitical gambit will have signifiant repercussions for all Latin America.

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; 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 next year’s LAC-CORE Clean Energy Finance Summit to be held in June 13-15, 2017 in Miami, Florida, as well as at the Mexico International Renewable Energy Congress on May 8-12.

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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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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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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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Cuba’s new renewable energy market in need of capital

Summary: Cuba is being courted by numerous governments seeking to gain influence for the country’s significant energy investment needs. But given the lack of traditional development bank funding, there is an opportunity for creative capital sources and for Latin American countries to come to Cuba’s aid and take a leadership role in the renewable energy sector — especially sugarcane bagasse biomass and ethanol.

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 to be held at the Ritz Carlton in Miami, Florida this October 3-5 and which will include a keynote from Delice Moreno Garcia, Director General of INEL, Cuba’s engineering company and part of its Ministry of Energy and Mines. INEL is responsible for assessing all technical aspects of the influx of renewable energy investment onto the island.

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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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The Venezuelan Energy Equation: Current Situation and Outlook

Venezuela’s energy programs under President Chavez come under attack in this article, making the case that mismanagement, inefficiencies and lack of followthrough have led to a series of missed opportunities. The article covers oil, renewable energies and hydro facilities, providing figures showing adverse trends.

Gustavo Coronel
Gustavo Coronel

Invited Contributor: Gustavo Coronel authored this piece exclusively for The Review. He is the Director of Silso Oil and Gas Corporation in Houston, Texas and was a founding member of the board of directors of Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) from ’76-’79. Full bio at end of article.

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Argentina’s Growing Dependency on Imported Energy

Daniel Montamat
Daniel Montamat

Invited Contributor: Daniel Gustavo Montamat authored this piece exclusively for The Review.  He was Argentina’s Secretary of Energy from 1999-2000; President and board member of YPF, the country’s national oil company from 1987-1989; and a director of the national gas company from 1985-1986.

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Natural Gas Policy in Puerto Rico

A brief summary of Puerto Rico’s energy sourcing past, coupled with an outline of how recent island administrations have come to the conclusion that liquid natural gas (LNG) – provided primarily from the United States – is likely to provide the most cost-effective solutions providing for continued economic growth for the Commonwealth.

Fernando Pena
Fernando Peña

Invited Contributors: Fernando Peña and Colleen Newman co-authored this piece exclusively for The Review. Fernando serves as an attorney for the Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and its predecessor agency in the U.S. Treasury. Colleen served as the energy advisor to Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño in his Washington office.

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Mexico’s Energy Model

Summary: Analyzing the Mexican energy sector without looking at our country’s modern history might lead to erroneous conclusions regarding the bases on which it is designed.

Jordy Herrera Flores
Jordy Herrera

Invited Contributor: Jordy Herrera Flores authored this piece exclusively for The Review.  Jordy was Secretary of Energy of Mexico under President Calderon, and one of the intellectual authors of the energy reforms now taking place.

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