The second quarter began with the Madrid Energy Conference, held in collaboration with IPD Latin America on April 18-20 in Spain.

As part of the preparations for the Madrid Energy Conference, we spoke to Panama’s Deputy Secretary of Energy, Rosilena Lindo, for a Curtain Raiser interview as well as Camilo Serrano of Atlas Renewable Energy. Our colleague John Padilla, Managing Director at IPD Latin America, our Madrid Energy Conference co-host, spoke to Jose Vicente Zapata of Holland & Knight

In April, we hosted David Kovatch, Director of Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Policy and Diplomacy at the National Security Council at the White House, for a virtual Energy & Sustainability Steering Committee briefing and discussion. It was a timely and insightful conversation given that the IRA’s passage and now ongoing implementation have triggered a wide range of debate and discussion, particularly in terms of what the new landscape signifies for the US’s allies and trading partners.
 
Our Non-Resident Fellow Cecilia Aguillon wrote a commentary for the Inter-American Dialogue’s Advisor newsletter in response to the question: What Will a New Chief Executive Bring to Ecopetrol?

In Mexico City in May, we collaborated with AmCham Mexico, with sponsorship support from Sempra, on a unique invitation-only roundtable with a group of energy journalists. The intersection of energy and nearshoring was the principal theme of our discussion.

In early June, Jeremy Martin spoke at PeruEnergía2023 in Lima and also joined a webinar “Carbon Neutrality 2050: Scenarios for Brazil’s Energy Transition” organized by our Brazilian partner, the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI). 

At the end of June, in collaboration with CEBRI, we hosted our Brazil Energy & Sustainability Roundtable. The objective of the event was to assess Brazil’s role in global energy and climate security, as well as domestic policy proposals and project development related to low carbon transition and sustainability. The agenda and two-day event convened representatives from Petrobras, EPE, ANP, BNDES, IBP, ABBEólica, Integra Capital, ERM, Engie, ENEL, as well as renowned specialists from academia and civil society.

Also, we are partnering with CEARE – Centro de Estudios de la Actividad Regulatoria Energética for our annual Argentina Energy Roundtable in Buenos Aires, set for August 22 with the objective of assessing the energy policy platforms of the candidates in the October election. Lastly, we have started the planning of our flagship annual event, the XXXII annual La Jolla Energy Conference set for October 11-12. Stay tuned for updates!