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  • [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 ...
  • [2012-10-10] Will Brazil's Belo Monte dam get the green light? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    A Brazilian federal appeals court last month ordered a halt to construction on the controversial Belo Monte dam until indigenous groups are properly consulted, The Guardian reported. However, on Aug. 27, the Supreme Court ...
  • [2012-09-07] Will Brazil's Belo Monte dam get the green light? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    A Brazilian federal appeals court on Aug. 14 ordered a halt to construction on the controversial Belo Monte dam until indigenous groups are properly consulted, The Guardian reported. However, on Monday, the Supreme Court ...
  • [2011-10-28] Will Chile's Power Sector Stymie Development? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    Chile was hit by three major blackouts from Sept. 24-26, halting operations at copper mines and darkening several parts of the country, including Santiago. The outages led to calls for the country to invest more in its ...
  • [2012-01-13] Will Colombia and Venezuela Collaborate on Energy Issues? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and his Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos, met Nov. 28 in Caracas to sign several agreements in areas including energy, trade and agriculture. Among the energy-related accords ...
  • [2011-10-26] Will Conflict Over Energy Sector Development Increase? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    Last month, Peru's Congress unanimously approved a landmark law that requires companies to consult with indigenous communities before beginning infrastructure, energy and mining projects on their territories, which is ...
  • [2012-10-10] Will Cuba's electricity sector hold the country back? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    A massive power outage hit two-thirds of Cuba's provinces earlier this month, a sign of the country's aging infrastructure. According to analysts, modernizing the system could cost several billion dollars. Meanwhile, two ...
  • [2012-03-02] Will Ecuador Be Able to Produce More Oil Next Year? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    Ecuador's revenue from oil product exports rose 87 percent between January and September to $860 million, compared to the $459 million registered in the same period in 2010, Dow Jones reported Dec. 1. According to the ...
  • [2012-01-13] Will Mexico Be Able to Exploit Its Shale Gas Resources? 

    Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor
    Mexico is abandoning plans to build as many as 10 nuclear reactors and will focus instead on natural gas-fired electricity plants, Bloomberg News reported last week. According to Energy Minister Jordy Herrera, Mexico is ...