The case against regional power grid integration in Latin America

Summary: Latin American governments and development banks continue to think in black-and-white 20th century mindsets and thus propose similarly outdated solutions. This includes the largely erroneous idea that international electric grid integration will result in lower energy costs and give access to more people, when in reality there are solutions that are a better fit for the region, more cost-effective, and will better serve us.

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, and will also be speaking at renewable energy conferences in Argentina and Chile in the coming months.

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Can Argentina’s Energy Sector Come Out of Crisis Mode?

The Inter-American Dialogue was kind enough to ask me to answer a question on Argentina for their latest publication. I copy below the question and my response.

About the Author: Carlos 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 Oct. 3-5.

LAC-CORE Finance SummitHe 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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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.

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