Over the past two years, the government of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has sought to strip away central aspects of the 2013 energy reform that increased private investment in the power sector and return control of the sector to state utility CFE. These moves will reduce needed investment in the sector and lead to higher electricity costs for Mexican industry and manufacturing, affecting employment, trade, and Mexico’s ability to meet its clean energy targets, according to this new report by the Inter-American Dialogue.
This policy brief examines the regulatory changes in Mexico’s electric power sector made under the López Obrador administration. The brief analyzes the broader implications for Mexico’s economy and its trade and economic relations with its key trading partner, the United States. A full report will be forthcoming in October 2020.
Bruno Binetti, investigador no-residente del Diálogo Interamericano, participó en el programa Club de Prensa de NTN24 donde comentó sobre las últimas encuestas para las elecciones presidenciales de Estados Unidos, los efectos de la pandemia en el país y las consecuencias del Covid-19 para las economías de América Latina, entre otros temas.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met this week in Washington with US President Donald Trump in López Obrador’s first trip abroad since taking office in December 2018. The Inter-American Dialogue invited some key experts to comment on the significance of this trip, and Michael Shifter offered his comments for a number of publications reflecting on the relationship between the two leaders and the outcome of the meeting.
En esta entrevista con NTN24, Michael Shifter habló con Gustau Alegret sobre la reciente reunión entre Donald Trump y Andrés Manuel López Obrador en la Casa Blanca, y sus implicaciones para los EEUU, México y Venezuela.
CGTN’s Roee Ruttenberg spoke with Michael Shifter, president of Inter-American Dialogue, about US-Mexico trade relations after Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador visited the United States for a meeting with President Donald Trump.
Until recently Mexico stood out within Latin America as a top potential producer of wind and solar energy, but policies under the López Obrador administration have made the climate for renewable energy investment increasingly hostile. Lisa Viscidi, director of the Energy Program, and Sarah Phillips, program assistant, sat down with Nathaniel Parish Flannery of Forbes to discuss what’s ahead for Mexico’s renewable resource sector.
Lisa Viscidi, Sarah Phillips, Nathaniel Parish Flannery
What is the political outlook in Latin America? Will Brazil’s Congress continue to govern independent of the erratic, but somewhat business-friendly President Jair Bolsonaro? Will Mexico’s nationalist-leftist president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (popularly known as AMLO) try to extend his power? Will Argentina’s new president Alberto Fernandez govern independently of his vice president Cristina Kirchner? Will Colombia become a new Chile in terms of riots? What will happen in Chile this year? And will Peru be able to return to political stability? Michael Shifter discussed in this interview with Latinvex.
Michael Shifter, Christopher Sabatini , Joachim Bamrud
Brazil has vast oil reserves, but can the Bolsonaro government get the energy to market? Lisa Viscidi tells Richard Miles of CSIS that reforms are already in place that will enable oil production “to take off.” The real obstacles are the financial stability of Petrobras, the shaky state oil conglomerate, and the monopoly that the state has on most aspects of energy production, delivery, and even retail sales.
Lisa Viscidi, Richard Miles
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Just as Pemex bonds suffered a downgrading to junk status by Fitch, Lisa Viscidi, director of the Energy Program, sat down with Nathaniel Parish Flannery of Forbes to discuss the state of Mexico’s energy sector, including oil and gas, regulators, and renewables, seven months into the AMLO administration.