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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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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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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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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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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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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Three LatAm Countries Missing Out on the Renewables Extravaganza

Summary: Investment in clean energy assets in Brazil, Mexico and Chile continue to dominate the region, capturing a remarkable 87% of all investment in 2015. But Colombia, Venezuela and Argentina are consistently absent from the list of investment recipients. A discussion of the reasons behind this.

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; is a board member of the Latin American & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy; founded and is chairman of the Middle East-Americas Energy Council; 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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