WEC Scenarios workshop to gather Latin American and Caribbean expertise

Posted on 17 July 2014

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.

WEC will host a regional workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean in Buenos Aires. Photo: www.welcomeargentina.comThe regional Scenarios workshop, hosted by CACME, the WEC Argentinian committee, will be held in Buenos Aires on 28 July.  At the workshop regional experts will inject their on-the-ground expertise of regional energy issues – with discussion hinged around the findings of the latest World Energy Issues Monitor – and interrogate the plausibility of broad scenarios storylines.  On the following two days, members of the WEC Scenarios study group will hold in-depth discussions to explore the scenarios storylines based on the regional workshop discussion.  Gerald Davis, Executive Chair, and Karl Rose, Senior Director of the study, will lead discussions at both the workshop and study group meeting.

This workshop presents an opportunity to test and explore how the global insights, as presented in the 2013 Scenarios report, manifest in the region.  The 2013 report finds that for the LAC region, even in the best case the growth of energy supply will still be insufficient to meet the rising energy demand associated with economic growth. The study sees total primary energy supply to grow by between 2.3 and 3.8 times, while meeting energy demand in electricity alone will require at least US$1.33 trillion of investment.

These initial explorative results will provide the basis and framework for a further regional deep-dive, which would be complemented by quantitative modelling by project partner, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland.  The Scenarios team will present initial findings during the week of the WEC Executive Assembly in Cartagena, Colombia, this October.

WEC members are encouraged not only to attend but also to invite colleagues who are experts in the field. Contact Zulandi van der Westhuizen and Tom Tirins for more info.

Catch up on the 2013 findings for the Latin America and Caribbean region here where the findings are also available in Spanish and Portuguese.