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World Energy Council to host ministerial summit in Cartagena with the President of Colombia

More than 20 ministers will gather in Colombia in October to discuss the energy trilemma and Latin American energy issues

Posted on 23 September 2014

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WEC Scenarios workshop to gather Latin American and Caribbean expertise

The WEC’s World Energy Scenarios team will be hosting a workshop in the Latin America and Caribbean region this month. Energy strategists and other decision-makers from the region are encouraged to attend.

Posted on 17 July 2014

Regional Crossroads "Latin America and the Caribbean: Blessed with resources, overwhelmed by choice?"

Latin America and the Caribbean: Blessed with resources, overwhelmed by choice?

Latin America is a fossil fuel-rich region with strong oil and gas reserves and a great potential for the exploitation of renewable energy sources, in particular large hydropower projects. But the region’s energy wealth is unevenly distributed and has enormous untapped potential, said panel moderator José Antonio Vargas Lleras, Vice Chair of Latin American and the […]

Posted on 14 October 2013

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Bi-Regional Forum highlights priorities of the Americas

Improving the integration of renewables and increasing energy efficiency measures in the energy system of Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) were amongst the key messages that emerged out of the World Energy Council’s 3rd Bi-Regional Forum for the Americas. The event, which took place in Cancun, Mexico, from 6 to 7 December, gathered more […]

Posted on 8 December 2012

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Economic growth and sustainable energy need ‘strong balance’

WEC chairman Pierre Gadonneix recently called for a “strong balance” between economic recovery and energy sustainability. On 12 June, he said at the International Economic Forum of the Americas that “sustainable growth needs a sustainable energy system.” He told political and business decisionmakers at the Forum that this need is particularly strong given the backdrop […]

Posted on 12 June 2012

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Interview with José Antonio Vargas Lleras, WEC’s Vice Chair for Latin America at Rio+20 Summit

José Antonio Vargas Lleras will be representing the WEC at the Rio+20 Summit this month. In an interview, he talks about energy for development, and what Latin America needs. Twenty years on from the first Earth Summit in Rio, how have the world’s development challenges changed? The main result of the 1992 Earth Summit was […]

Posted on 1 June 2012

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Secretary General trip perspective: Latin America

“I’ve counted, three minutes [under the shower], and I don’t stink.” Hugo Chavez’ recent statement is the sarcastic opening remark to this month’s energy small talk in Latin America. Clearly, his announcement of energy and water saving measures is not a reflection of a sudden concern about climate change but simply the result of a […]

Posted on 8 November 2009