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State of Charge: Energy Storage in Latin America and the Caribbean

Energy storage is a class of technologies that is diverse, complex, and rapidly evolving. Policymakers in Latin America and the Caribbean will need to acquire a strong grasp of the technical characteristics and benefits of these technologies, the services they can provide, and the most relevant regional and power market applications for each technology, according to this report authored by experts from the Inter-American Dialogue and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Lisa Viscidi, Nate Graham, Ariel Yépez-García, Edwin Malagón

Reports ˙ ˙ Inter-American Development Bank

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Electrification and Innovation Among Key Private Sector Strategies in Latin America’s Energy Transition

As the energy transition gathers pace and Latin American countries raise their emissions reduction targets, private companies are revising their business models to meet demand for renewable energy and other solutions. The United States has also reemerged as a partner on climate action in the region. This webinar explored the current and potential role of the private sector in Latin America’s energy transition and how the United States can provide support.

Jamie Dorner

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Las repercusiones económicas y sociales de la industria petrolera

El 28 de abril, Lisa Viscidi, directora del Programa de Energía, Cambio Climático e Industrias Extractivas, participó en un evento de la Asociación Mexicana de Empresas de Hidrocarburos sobre el papel de la industria de exploración y producción en el desarrollo local.

Lisa Viscidi

Presentations ˙ ˙ Asociación Mexicana de Empresas de Hidrocarburos

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Energy and Mining in the Amazon

The Amazon rainforest, one of the world’s most important ecosystems, faces environmental impacts from hydroelectric dams, oil and gas drilling sites, and mining projects. A new database and analysis by the Inter-American Dialogue reveals that state-owned enterprises, as well as small and mid-sized international companies from a handful of countries, operate the largest share of such projects in the Amazon region, meaning these companies have a substantial influence over the implementation of environmental and social safeguards.

Lisa Viscidi, Sarah Phillips

Reports ˙ ˙ Download the Report

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El reto de la transición energética en Colombia

El 26 de abril, Lisa Viscidi, directora del Programa de Energía, Cambio Climático e Industrias Extractivas, participó en un evento de Fedesarrollo sobre la transición energética en Colombia y los desafíos que enfrenta. Viscidi aportó un contexto internacional, describiendo tres factores que afectarán la velocidad de la transición energética tanto global como en Colombia: innovaciones tecnológicas, los efectos de la pandemia sobre el comportamiento de los consumidores a largo plazo y cambios en las políticas y regulaciones.

Lisa Viscidi

Presentations ˙ ˙ Fedesarrollo

Iván Duque.

Will Colombia’s Tax Reform Get a Green Light in Congress?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on Colombia’s proposed $6.38 billion tax reform plan and its potential impact on the country’s fiscal deficit.

Maria F. Valdés, Richard Francis, Mariana Zepeda

Latin America Advisor ˙

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Does Inflation Risk Threaten Recovery in Latin America?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on the impact of inflation on Latin America’s economic recovery post-pandemic.

Alfredo Coutiño, Daniel M. Schydlowsky, Allison Fedirka, Gary Hufbauer

Latin America Advisor ˙

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Can Biden Woo the World on Climate Change?

In an interview with BBC’s Business Daily, Lisa Viscidi, director of the Energy, Climate Change, and Extractive Industries Program, discussed President Biden’s climate foreign policy, deforestation in the Amazon, and US-Brazil relations.

Lisa Viscidi

Interviews ˙ ˙ BBC

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Is a Proposed Rail Merger Good for North America?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A on the possibility of the first railway to connect Mexico, Canada and the United State and its significance.

Antonio Ortiz-Mena, Francisco Sánchez, Ellen Voie, Mike Steenhoek

Latin America Advisor ˙

Argentine Finance Minister Martín Guzmán

Will Argentina’s Economy See a Strong Rebound?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on the trajectory of Argentina’s economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jorge Argüello, Kezia McKeague, Daiana Fernández Molero, Mariana Zepeda

Latin America Advisor ˙

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Is There Any Hope for the E.U. Trade Deal With Mercosur?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ opinion on the future of the trade deal between the European Union and the Mercosur bloc.

Jon E. Huenemann, Allison Fedirka, Elena Lazarou, Thomas Andrew O’Keefe

Latin America Advisor ˙

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Will Argentina’s Fernandez Punt on a Deal With the IMF?

In a vitriolic address to Argentina’s Congress on March 1, President Alberto Fernandez put to rest any illusions that he would be a moderating influence on his vice president and political mentor, former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. During his speech, the president attacked Cristina Fernandez’s traditional enemies, including the press, the judiciary, and the political opposition. More surprisingly, he also criticized the IMF, despite being in the middle of discussions to renegotiate Argentina’s $44 billion debt.

Bruno Binetti

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ World Politics Review

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What Will It Take to Salvage Cuba’s Economy?

On March 9, 2021, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted the online event “What Will It Take to Salvage Cuba’s Economy?”. The panel explored what effect the Cuban’s government 2021 economic reforms will have on the economy, the private sector, and Cuban foreign relations.

Carolina Celedón

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