Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean- GEOLAC 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 – Monday, September 24, 2012

Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean- GEOLAC 2012

GEOLAC is a new regional conference which reflects the emergence of geothermal as a long-term and sustainable source of baseload power for Latin America and the Caribbean. Across the region, the geothermal opportunity is significant but, in all but a few markets, under-deployed. Against this backdrop, GEOLAC will gather the key stakeholders – governments, utilities, multilaterals, developers, capital providers, engineers, and other providers of expertise – to explore opportunities for increased geothermal output, tackle obstacles to growth, promote the exchange of knowledge and expertise, and facilitate vital new meetings and relationships.

Ultimately we will measure the success of GEOLAC in terms of progress towards the origination, funding and execution of world-class geothermal projects in Latin America & the Caribbean.

Topics & Agenda:

GEOLAC will gather world-class speakers to debate, analyze and explore the future of geothermal development region-wide:

– Which markets present the best opportunities for geothermal development?
– Does geothermal development have sufficient support at a political level region-wide and what needs to be done to promote this?
– How available is financing? From which sources and on what terms?
– What can we learn from successful regional and world-wide projects?
– What more can be done to mitigate exploration and project risk?
– Are we sufficiently aware of environmental issues and are they reflected at a policy/regulatory level across the region?
– What new technologies are currently emerging and what impact will they have on regional development?

Confirmed Speakers Include:

• Honorable René Castro, Minister of Environment, Energy & Telecommunications, Government of Costa Rica

Hon. Edwin Rodas, Vice Minister, Minister of Energy and Mines, Government of Guatemala

• Honorable Emilio Rappaccioli, Minister of Energy & Mines, Government of Nicaragua

• Honorable Carlisle Powell, Minister of Public Utilities, Natural Resources & Environment, Nevis Island Administration

• Honorable Deputy Alfonso Pérez Gómez, Deputy of the Legislative Assembly – Government of Costa Rica

• Michael T. Eckhart, Managing Director, Global Head of Environmental Finance, Citi Corporate and Investment Banking USA
• Teofilo de la Torre, President, ICE – Costa Rica
• Valerio Cecchi, President, Enel Green Power Latin America
• Jason Timothy, Head of Geothermal Program, Government of Dominica

• Alcides Claros Pacheco, Director of Electricity Concessions, Ministery of Energy & Mines, Government of Peru
• Gravin Mayorga, General Manager, ICE – Costa Rica
• Craig O’Connor, Director, Office of Renewable Energy Exports, US EXIM Bank – USA
• Dr. Subir Sanyal, President, GeothermEx – USA

• Rod Barfield, Founder & Partner, Real Infrastructure Capital Partners, LLC – USA
• Juan Carlos Pereira, Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC) – Nicaragua
• William “Bill” Rickard, Founder & President, Geothermal Resource Group (GRG) Inc. – USA
• Greg Cardenas, Partner, NovoGen Advisors, LLC, former VP Project Finance, Latin America at Ram Power Corp. – USA
• Mark Taylor, Head of Geothermal & CCS Research, Bloomberg New Energy Finance – USA
• Peter Barnett, Managing Director, Hot Rock Ltd. – Australia
• Ben Tzion Rembiszewski, Director of Sales & Marketing, Latin America, Ormat – USA

• Hon. Deputy Claudio Monge, President of the Environmental Commission, Government of Costa Rica
• Judith Ephraim, Ministry of Environment & Housing, Government of St. Lucia

• Marco Antonio Escobar Seleme, Director, Laguna Colorada Geothermal Project, Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE) – Bolivia
• Ernesto José Martínez Tiffer, Minister-President, Empresa Nicaragüense de Electricidad (ENEL) – Nicaragua
• Harry J. Durimel, Vice-President, Regional Council of Guadeloupe
• Alejandro Rodriguez, Executive Vice President, Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI)

To download the GEOLAC 2012 draft agenda please click here

Posted By: N/A – Monday, 17 September, 2012 at 12:00 AM


Sep 18 - 24 2012


21:00 - 21:00
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