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Argentina: investors sought for solar park COD

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Source: The provincial energy agency of Jujuy, Jujuy, Energía y Minería Sociedad del Estado (JEMSE) is looking for investors in the 90+ MW solar park awarded to the entity in last year's renewable energy auction (RenovAr). The project is expect to begin commercial operations in 2019 and has a PPA in hand from the system off-taker CAMMESA. For more details contact Sylvia Gaylord,

RTB Wind Opportunity in Argentina: sale of rights by provincial agency

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Opportunities are emerging for investors interested in existing and new renewable energy projects in Argentina. State-owned entities at the provincial level are seeking investors to invest in projects at various stages of development. The provinces have the natural resources but not the cash to develop projects and are facilitating many aspects of project development to private investors. In Central Argentina, the local public agency is offering up to 375 MW in 1 or several clusters. RTB conditions include wind and technical feasibility studies, all initial permits, land owned by provincial government to be rented. For more information, contact Sylvia Gaylord,  

Energy Reform in Mexico takes another step forward

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Despite the heightened tensions between Mexico and the U.S. on account of President Trump's threats to shut down the movement of goods, people, and investment between the two countries and the effect that the resulting uncertainty has already had on Mexico's economy, there is good news to report from the energy front. The projects awarded in the two renewable energy auctions carried out in 2016 are moving forward, with one generator signing a PPA with a private consumer, the first under the new rules set forth by the energy reform. It is an indication that the electric energy market is ...

Venezuela: paradoxes of resource nationalism

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Not all news out of Venezuela is shortages and protest.  While the economy grinds to a halt and the government issues a new bill worth 20,000 Bolívares, the government of Venezuela has been busy pursuing foreign investors and subscribing new deals to revive oil production and exploit its vast mineral deposits. The government maintains that it will own 55% of every JV and an equal share of profits and collect tax revenues and sow the riches. Is it possible, under Venezuela's present conditions, to attract investment and obtain favorable terms? What can Venezuela accomplish? and what does it tell us ...

Vaca Muerta in the headlines again: government sweetens the pot

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On January 10, President Macri of Argentina announced new policy measures to revive investment in the Vaca Muerta shale deposits. In the picture above, the president is flanked by the leading figures in all matters Vaca Muerta. To the left, by the governor of Neuquén, Omar Gutiérrez, and to the right, by the oil workers' union regional representative, Guillermo Pereyra, and the Minister of Energy, Juan José Aranguren. The announcement was hailed as "historic" by its participants, but is mainly a commitment to continue subsidizing the domestic price of gas to producers, plus some measures to reduce labor costs. Here are ...

China emerges as dominant player in Argentina’s renewables

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China emerged as the big winner in Argentina's auctions this year. Also of note is the near total absence of U.S. companies. According to GLOBAL TRENDS IN RENEWABLE ENERGY INVESTMENT 2016  China was by far the largest investing country for renewables; excluding large hydro, China invested $102.9 billion in 2015, up 17% from the previous year, representing well over a third of the global total. The US was a distant second, with $44.1 billion, up 19%. While the numbers are much smaller in Argentina, it is undeniable that China has established a dominant presence in the budding renewable energy market. Chinese companies ...

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