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Agenda Overview

#REFFLATAM: Monday, March 12, 2018

8:15AM Registration and refreshments
9:00AM Setting the scene: A macro presentation evaluating where Latin America stands in the global renewable energy market

To open the conference, a key player in the market will provide an analysis of Latin America’s renewable energy market in comparison to the rest of the world to help shape and contextualise the following discussions

James Ellis, Head of Latin American Research, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
9:20AM Matching supply with high demand: Reviewing the wealth of investment opportunities in Mexico
  • Widely considered the most buoyant market in the region, can Mexico continue its upward trajectory in renewable energy development?
  • Evaluating the role of corporate off-takers in CFE’s strategic approach to renewables
  • Do DFIs need to take a step back from this market to allow for commercial banks to gain more of a foothold?
  • As one of Mexico’s most important energy partners, what has been the impact of changes in US energy policy on Mexico’s renewable energy market?
Carlos Ortiz Gómez, General Director of Research, Technological Development and Human Resources Training, SENER
9:50AM What is required to unlock the potential of Brazil’s renewables industry?
  • What has been the impact of a slowdown in renewable energy auctions in 2016 and 2017, and what are the prospects for renewable energy auctions going forward?
  • Adjusting to BNDES’s new role: filling the financing void left by the development banks retraction
  • What is being done to mitigate the FX risk that is holding foreign investors back from investing in Brazil?
  • What key trends in project development are emerging in Brazil?
  • What is the status of Brazil’s distributed generation market 6 years after the country implemented its net-metering legislation?
Luiz Augusto Barroso, President, Empresa de Pesquisa Energética EPE
Bruno Cabús Müller, Power Sector Manager, BNDES
Sergio Monaro, Global Treasury, Project Finance, The AES Corporation
10:20AM Is Argentina the most exciting growth prospect in the Latin American renewables market?
  • Managing Argentina’s auction achievements and translating this into projects being successfully financed
  • How crucial is it for DFIs to take a leading role to support Argentina’s renewables development?  
  • How can lessons from the likes of Mexico, Brazil and Peru help Argentina on its own path to success in adding the renewable megawatts required?
  • Assessing the level of confidence in the market
Esteban Pérez Andrich, National Director Of Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy, Argentina
Stuart Barrowcliff, Vice President and Senior Underwriter, XL Catlin
10:50AM Morning coffee and networking break
11:30AM How do regulatory frameworks across Latin America compare and are there already best practices that should be adopted across the region?
  • Understanding which regulatory stipulations are working most effectively and which could be adjusted, improved or simply rescinded
  • How feasible is it for governments to implement more consistent and transparent auction timelines to give bidders maximum visibility and opportunity to prepare?
  • Assessing the varied levels of satisfaction in the market with regards to regulatory frameworks
  • With pricing dropping on an auction by auction basis, should regulators be turning their attention to adapting power price frameworks?
  • How should private PPAs be approached from a regulatory standpoint?
Marcelo Bretón, Financial Director, Ventus Energia
Carlos Barrera, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Atlas Renewable Energy
David Ruiz de Andres, Chief Executive Officer, Grenergy Renovables
Ivan Oliveros, Executive Director - Head of Power and Renewables - LATAM Project Finance, SMBC
Patricia Arrazola, Partner, Partner, Gómez Pinzón, member of Affinitas
12:15PM The lenders panel: Financing ‘high and low risk’ renewable energy projects across Latin America
  • What constitutes ‘high risk’ in today’s market, and are commercial banks being too risk averse to satisfy the market’s needs?
  • What are the best financing strategies for high risk projects in the region?
  • Whilst multilaterals have played an essential role in kick-starting the Latin American renewables market, are they now crowding out commercial banks from deals they could otherwise finance? 
  • Encouraging mutually beneficial co-operation: How should the full spectrum of lenders be pooling their resources to promote increasingly well-structured financing solutions?
Lynn Tabernacki, Deputy Vice President SME Finance & Head of Global Energy, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Julian Torrado, Managing Director & Chief Representative Colombia, CIBC LATAM
Everardo Suárez Martinez, Director of BBVA Bancomer and Head of Energy Project Finance Mexico, BBVA
Jean-Valery Patin, Head of Project Finance Brazil & Hispanic Latam, BNP Paribas
Victor DeSantis, Partner, White & Case LLP
Fernando Cubillos, Head of Energy, Infrastructure & Energy Division, IDB Invest
1:00PM Networking Lunch
2:15PM Backing cutting-edge innovation in renewables: Which new market developments present the greatest opportunities?
  • Questioning capital expenditure, operating expenditure, and the best financing strategies for new renewable technologies: Do the benefits outweigh the cost for investors?
  • Are lenders put off by potential risks posed from implementing new renewable technology in an otherwise low risk project?
  • Assessing the viability of integrating new technology or business models along the value chain and with existing assets
  • How might big data & blockchain revolutionise the Latin American renewables industry?
  • Innovation in auctions: Which new practices across the region are proving most effective?
Marcos Meireles, CEO, Rio Energy
Victor Muñoz, Operating Partner Latin America, Denham Capital
Hélène Dimitracopoulos, Chief Financial Officer, Zuma Energía
Asaf Jiménez Adorno, Partner, Ritch Mueller
3:00PM From inventive product to financeable solution: As energy storage becomes an increasingly sought after, how does Latin America plan to capitalise on its benefits?
  • What can other countries learn from Chile’s undertakings in energy storage? 
  • Exploring if storage has reached a commercially viable mainstream status or if further improvements are needed to give investors and lenders the confidence to support a mass roll out
  • Are self-sustaining micro grids with integrated storage facilities a suitable solution for the region’s transmission problems?
Pablo Otin, Vice President, Emerging Markets, 8minutenergy Renewables
Herwig Andreas Ragossnig, Head of Business Development for Smart Energy in Latin America, NEC Energy Solutions
Elizabeth Robberechts, Lead Investment Officer, IDB Invest
David Elizondo, Senior Director International Business, Quanta Technology
3:45PM Oxford style debate

Two expert speakers will take to the stage to argue for and against the following motion:

“This house believes that developers are being pushed to bid very aggressively at renewables auctions, creating challenges for sponsors and sources of financing”

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this debate by both sides are not necessarily the views held by those participating or the institutions they represent.

Bartley Doyle, Chief Operations Officer, Mainstream Renewable Power
Carlos St. James, Director, Strategic Development, Wood Clean Energy, Latin America & Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE)
Bettina Winstel, Director - Power, Infra & Project Finance Latam, BNP Paribas
4:15PM Afternoon coffee and networking break
4:45PM The networking hub

Following on from the Oxford Style Debate, this session will give you the opportunity to continue and develop the conversation in a more interactive setting. A series of senior hosts will head up their own individual roundtable discussions, each with their own geographical focus, for you to dip in and out of as you see fit.

There will also be dedicated meeting zones, designed for you to have the opportunity to organise meetings ahead of time or take the chance to dive into impromptu consultations to further your specific business interests. This session presents a real opportunity to network and have quality face-time with some of the most important industry leaders in Latin America.

Alejandro Blasco Ruíz, Head Of Investor Relations, Banobras
Juan Angoitia, Senior Managing Director, Ardian Infrastructure
Doris Capurro, President and Chief Executive Officer, LUFT Energia
Iñigo Malo De Molina, Head of Business Development, Solarpack
5:40PM LAC-CORE Clean Energy Award

To wrap up the conference, LAC-CORE will present the annual Clean Energy Award.

6:00PM Cocktail reception & close of conference