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  • [2011-09-01] What is the Future of Energy Integration in Central America? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    First proposed in 1987, the Central American Electricity Interconnection System (SIEPAC), a plan to create a more robust regional transmission grid in Central America, is scheduled to become operational this year. In order ...
  • [2012-08-29] What is the future of nuclear power in Brazil post Fukushima? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    Brazil doesn't plan to invest in new nuclear facilities until at least 2020, Marcio Zimmermann, the energy ministry's executive secretary, said earlier this month. However, he added that future plans could include the ...
  • [2012-03-05] What is the Future of Renewables in Central America? 

    Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Energy Advisor
    In January, a consortium of Gamesa and Iberdrola began construction on Central America's largest wind farm, the 102 megawatt Cerro de Hula project in Honduras. Also, the Honduran government said it would invest $2.1 billion ...
  • [2011-10-25] What is the Future of Trinidad and Tobago's Oil and Gas Sector? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    According to an audit by Ryder Scott released in August, Trinidad and Tobago's proven gas reserves have fallen for a fourth straight year. While officials have said that the country needs to boost exploration and open ...
  • [2011-10-25] What is the Outlook for Colombia's Oil Sector? 

    Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Energy Advisor
    In the wake of Colombia's ratings upgrade to investment status earlier this year and strong second-quarter profits, Colombian state-run oil company Ecopetrol announced last month that it would sell $1.4 billion of stock ...
  • [2012-08-29] What is the outlook for Guyana's oil sector? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that the Guyana-Suriname Basin could contain more than 15 billion barrels of oil as well as gas reserves of 42 trillion cubic feet. Guyana has awarded concessions to several major ...
  • [2012-05-02] What Is the Outlook for Non-Food Based Biofuels? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    A worsening drought in South America has caused downward revisions to corn production estimates, while Brazil continues to struggle with a shortfall in last year's sugarcane crop. Last month, the new director of the ...
  • [2011-10-25] What is the Outlook for Paraguay's Electricity Sector? 

    Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Energy Advisor
    Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo has pledged to guarantee energy sovereignty for the country, claiming that its complicated energy sharing agreements with Brazil and Argentina are unfair. Paraguay is seeking to export ...
  • [2011-03-15] What Is the Role of Natural Gas in the Caribbean Energy Sector? 

    Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Energy Advisor
    Last year, Jamaica's Office of Utilities Regulations issued a report that found the island nation would have to spend over $2.4 billion more to continue building diesel- and oil-fired plants than if the country switched ...
  • [2012-05-15] What role should governments play in regulating land use? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    Roughly half of the deforestation that was avoided in Brazil's Amazon region from 2005-2009 was the result of governmental policies, according to a report released March 21 by the Climate Policy Initiative. Meanwhile, ...
  • [2012-01-13] What Strategies Are Guiding Chinese Investments in Brazil? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    China's Sinopec announced last week that has agreed to buy a 30 percent stake in the Brazilian unit of Portugal's Galp for almost $5.2 billion, the latest in a series of Chinese companies' ventures into the Brazilian ...
  • [2012-02-28] What Trends are Shaping the Future of Biofuels? 

    Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Energy Advisor
    Biodiesel production in Argentina this year is expected to climb 60 percent as compared to 2010. Meanwhile, in Brazil, industry leaders have called the biofuels sector ""ripe for consolidation"" as it needs to increase ...
  • [2012-03-05] What Will 2011 Bring for Latin America's Energy Sector? 

    Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Energy Advisor
    The major news stories in Latin America's energy sector last year included the development of Brazil's offshore reserves and Petrobas' record-breaking share sale, the dramatic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the discovery ...
  • [2011-03-03] What Will Be the Effects of Ecuador's New Oil Contracts? 

    Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Energy Advisor
    Ecuador completed contract renegotiations Nov. 23 with several oil companies to replace profit-sharing agreements with flat-fee service contracts, but failed to reach an agreement with Petrobras and three other companies. ...
  • [2012-03-05] What Will Be the Impact of Energy Shortages in Argentina? 

    Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Energy Advisor
    A summer heat wave has increased the demand for power in Argentina, prompting energy shortages and a wave of blackouts. The government announced earlier this month that it may fine power companies, including leading supplier ...
  • [2012-01-13] What's Holding Back Clean Energy Lending in Central America? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    The Washington-based Inter- American Development Bank earlier this year announced the approval of a $30 million medium- term financing facility for a Honduran bank to support loans to environmentally sustainable projects. ...
  • [2012-08-24] Where is the future of hydro projects in Latin America headed? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    Colbún, the Chilean power company holding a 49 percent stake in the controversial HidroAysén project, announced last month that it is "indefinitely suspending" the environmental impact assessment for the project's ...
  • [2012-05-02] Which Factors Are Shaping LNG Markets in the Americas? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    Only 19 percent of Trinidad and Tobago's liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports went to the United States in 2011, down from 89 percent of LNG exports in 2005, the country’s government said in January. What factors are most ...
  • [2012-02-28] Why the United States and Cuba Collaborate 

    Piñon, Jorge
    This article examines Cuba's upcoming oil exploration drilling program. It outlines some of the benefits of collaboration between the United States and Cuba given that the drilling will take place in the Gulf of Mexico. ...
  • [2011-09-01] Will a New Bureau Lead to Better Regional Energy Policy? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    After stepping down as the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual was appointed in May as the State Department's special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs. He will be tasked with designing and ...