For the private sector, 2017 was a year marked by major changes and a call to prepare for the future. From the damages done by natural phenomena to the adoption of new technologies, several factors made this the year of adaptation, for both businesses and people. In this context, many Latin American and Caribbean countries began to explore new ways to grow, invest and even … [Read more...] about The issues that marked the private sector in 2017
There are many theories to explain the current trend of increasing frequency and magnitude of extreme events, but it seems obvious that there is a correlation with increasing average temperatures. Many argue that the world is already experiencing the consequences of climate change and that even if the increase on average world temperature is kept under 2 degrees Celsius, … [Read more...] about The Floods of 2017: How can the private sector mitigate the impact of natural disasters
Recently The New York Times highlighted Chile’s energy transformation. The profile told the story of Chile’s clean energy market revolution. However, missing from the story was one key component that facilitated Chile’s sustainable energy surge: donor funds. Donor funds supported by governments can lower cost and risk barriers, which limit financing for renewable energy … [Read more...] about What powers Chile’s energy transformation?
When I attend energy conferences in Latin America and the Caribbean, whether as a panelist or attendee, I often hear questions such as: What type of energy is cheaper: thermoelectric or renewable energy? And what is the most competitive renewable technology: hydroelectric, solar, or wind? These are also the basic questions that regulatory entities ask when planning to expand … [Read more...] about How to calculate the cost of generating electricity
Nearly half of the global electric power capacity could come from solar energy by 2025, according to McKinsey & Company. Multiple Latin American and Caribbean countries, benefitting from exceptional resources and evolved regulatory frameworks, have seen rapid growth in solar energy in the last few years. Utility scale projects are now considered commercially viable and … [Read more...] about Four countries leading in solar in Latin America and the Caribbean