Why there are no investment opportunities left in the Latin American biofuels sector

Summary: The biofuels industry was at the forefront of renewable energy investment in Latin America. Since then the industry has matured and in some instances stagnated, although two countries have become world class producers.

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. 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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He will also be speaking at the Argentina International Clean Energy Congress in September as well as at the the Chile International Clean Energy Congress Week in mid-October.

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Risks and rewards in Argentina’s upcoming renewables tender

Summary: Argentina has announced the initial details of its 1000 MW renewables tender. There remain a number of uncertainties, but while investors are plentiful and reaching for the brass ring in search of that perfect ready-to-build project, lenders are conspicuous by their absence. A textbook situation for on-balance sheet financing with declining sovereign risk.

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 — in which various Argentine government officials, developers and investors will play an active role.

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Why Ecuador doesn’t have a renewable energy sector

Summary: Ecuador is rich in natural resources harnessable into clean energy. But unless it becomes more consistent in it policymaking, moves a little more quickly, and reduces energy subsidies, it will remain dependent on outside assistance, just like the Galapagos tortoise. [Our thoughts and prayers are with the 22 Ecuadorean soldiers that died this weekend in a plane crash as well as the hundreds in the earthquake. †]

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.

He was recently named Summit Chairman of the upcoming LAC-CORE Finance Summit in Miami, Florida in October 2016, to which Ecuador’s energy minister has been invited to speak.

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A Matter of Faith: Argentina’s new renewable energy regulations

Summary: Argentina published the initial set of regulations for its renewables law and is rapidly moving towards a public tender, with billions at stake. There are still a lot of unknowns and additional resolutions will be forthcoming — but until then, it is a market where instinct will have to play an unusually large role for investors.

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; and publishes the Latin American Energy Review in his free time.

He was recently named Summit Chairman of the upcoming LAC-CORE Finance Summit in Miami, Florida this October, in which Argentina’s situation will play a major role.

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He will also be a panelist on an Argentine-centric renewable energy webinar on April 28 and pontificate at a breakfast briefing to be held in Buenos Aires in mid-May.

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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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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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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.

 PrintHe was recently named Summit Chairman of the upcoming LAC-CORE Finance Summit in Miami, Florida in September 2016.

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Why the recent Peruvian renewable energy auction was significant for Latin America

Summary: Large foreign players made a bold presence in Peru last week and took home twenty-year deals at unheard of prices. This article briefly analyzes the possible strategies involved in the bidding process and looks at how this might affect other markets in the region.

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.

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

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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 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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