For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C., August 14, 2014 — The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) held the first of the three roundtable breakfasts with Latin American and Caribbean leaders on Thursday, August 14. This first installment focused on the renewable energy policy reform and market growth in Mexico and Central America.
This ACORE International Programs Roundtable Series, Renewable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean, was created to spark discussion and promote collaboration leading up to the first ever Renewable Energy Latin American & Caribbean Conference & Exhibition (RELACCx) this November 20-21. Thursday’s roundtable specifically focused on Mexico and Central America, where leaders from the region provided insights on renewable energy development and possible policy improvements.
“The breakfast discussions are divided into three topics, each focused on a portion of the LAC region: Central America & Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean,” said Director of International Programs, Risa Edelman of ACORE. “The events are also used to bring in other topics relevant to the region, looking at everything from policy reform, growing markets and development finance, to risk mitigation, project development and intergovernmental partnerships. In particular, given the proximity of Mexico, Central America and the U.S., I hope this first event in the series facilitates many new, strong partnerships. I’m also appreciative of our distinguished panelists and the expertise they shared with event attendees.”
Members of ACORE’s International Programs team were joined by government officials and private sector leaders at the law offices of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP for a breakfast discussion. The roundtable’s notable panelists included:
- Ambassador Francisco Campbell – Ambassador, Embassy of Nicaragua in Washington, D.C.
- Héctor Castro Vizcarra – Minister of Energy Affairs, Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C.
- Christian Gómez, Jr. – Director of Energy, Council of the Americas
- Dr. Lawrence E. Jones – North America Vice President for Utility Innovations and Infrastructure Resilience, Alstom Grid Inc.
- Craig O’Connor – Director, Office of Renewable Energy, Export-Import Bank of the United States
- Duncan Wood – Director, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Michael Brower, President and CEO of ACORE, and Dino Barajas, Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and RELACCx Co-Chair, welcomed the panel participants to the dialogue. Moderating the discussion was Ambassador Nestor Mendez of the Embassy of Belize in Washington, D.C. and permanent representative of Belize to the Organization of American States.
“Renewable Energy is not just a topic of temporary importance,” summarized Ambassador Mendez, “it is a topic of permanent and growing relevance.” He continued, “Seeking the balance between conservation and development is where the wheels hit the road and renewable energy comes in as extremely important.”
ACORE, a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization, is dedicated to building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. ACORE seeks to advance renewable energy through finance, policy, technology, and market development and is concentrating its member focus in 2014 on National Defense & Security, Power Generation & Infrastructure, and Transportation. Additional information is available at www.acore.org.
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