Chilean government makes life harder for its renewable energy sector

Summary: Chile has a longstanding love of free markets — far more than anyone else in the region. And while this trait is one of the reasons clean energy investors have flocked to the country in the past, it has also led to losses, misapplied capital, and missed opportunities for growth. Investors are now thinking twice, as there seems to be inadequate support to allow for a coherent investment framework to take place.

Carlos St James 2016About the AuthorCarlos St. James is Managing Director of Santiago & Sinclair, LLC, 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.

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Argentina’s renewable energy tender: Chinese supply chain finance wins the day

Summary: Argentina’s RenovAr Round One was a success, with 1109 MW of projects approved at credible prices for 20 year PPAs. But perhaps most noteworthy is that more than half of the winners are tied to Chinese firms, whose cost of technology and capital may set benchmarks that could be hard to match in future tenders.

carlos-miami-2016-croppedAbout 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 will be speaking at the upcoming Chile International Renewable Energy Conference in Santiago on October 17-20.

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Argentina’s RenovAr Renewable Energy Tender: Who’s in and at what prices?

Summary: Local developers are more prevalent than originally thought in Argentina’s RenovAr renewable energy tender, while foreigners have taken more of a wait-and-see attitude. But the level of oversubscription reveals significant interest in Latin America’s largest remaining undeveloped market. A survey also provides initial impressions on where prices will end up — much higher than for any of its neighbors — as well as a grading of the energy ministry’s work thus far.

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. 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, and will also be speaking at the Argentina International Clean Energy Congress on September 21-23.

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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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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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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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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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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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