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Our incisive analysis and thorough due diligence will protect your energy investment in Latin America

Critical Intelligence to Navigate Latin America’s Energy Markets

The energy transition is in full-effect, with 100 countries pledging to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Although the objective is clear, the path is far from it. In addition to utility-scale solar and wind power, governments, companies and consumers will shift to electric vehicles, distributed generation and green hydrogen—low-carbon technologies that have yet to reach mass scale. Most of the world is not prepared.  Annual renewable energy investments must nearly triple through 2050 to comply with the Paris Agreement. Latin America, in particular, attracted only five percent of those investments between 2013 and 2018, a sign of its slow transition.

By 2030, electricity consumption is also expected to rise by 70% in Latin America above its pre-COVID height. Although some of this additional demand will be satisfied via conventional energy sources, such as oil and coal, even more so will come from alternative energy sources.

In fact, the Latin American renewables’ market (including biomass, wind, solar) is projected to grow by 4.13% per year between 2020 and 2025. Significant growth is also forecast for natural gas—several Latin American countries are already among the world’s top 30 producers. While opportunities abound in the LatAm energy sector, so do challenges, risks and obstacles. In Mexico, President AMLO’s policies threaten 150 renewable projects under development (as of the end of 2020), representing $40 billion of investment.

AMI provides Latin America energy market intelligence that helps investors prioritize opportunities, identify and mitigate above-ground risks that projects face ahead of licensing, and conduct vital due diligence on local partners and stakeholders.

How AMI Helps Companies Weighing Energy Investments in Latin America

Our work applies to 4 key energy project phases:

1. Strategy-defining phase

We provide a market landscape, identify opportunities, analyze all competitors and highlight investment roadblocks.

2. Pre-acquisition phase

Before your company invests heavily to develop or acquire a project or asset, we gather the latest intelligence about the opportunity to quickly point out the environmental, regulatory, social, reputational or political issues that could present problems, as well as help you measure or verify the revenue potential of the project.

3. Approval phase

After purchasing a brownfield or greenfield asset, companies need to navigate a challenging approvals process. Project opponents will emerge. Understanding their motivations ahead of time (through AMI’s on-the-ground intelligence) helps you address those opponents before they take damaging action against the project.

4. Operational phase

We provide ongoing monitoring of risks and potential threats to ensure successful operation for the project once it has finally begun. Our intelligence keeps your PR, GR and CSR programs and budgets fresh, relevant and effective.

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Types of Latin America Energy Market Research We Conduct

  • Market-entry: A landscape analysis used to educate your company’s leadership on the opportunities, challenges and best practices in Latin America’s energy sector.
  • Pre-Project ESG Due Diligence: Evaluating the working environment in which the project will operate, the social acceptance of the project today and what is needed to gain greater acceptance, and an objective assessment of the way the project is currently being managed.
  • Market Feasibility Study: Helps the client make a go/no-go decision in a market, taking into account quantifiable demand, supply and regulatory intelligence.
  • Opportunity benchmark study: The evaluation and comparison of multiple project opportunities that lead you to focus on the most viable.
  • Competitive intelligence: Understand the strengths and weaknesses of competitors bidding on your project and our recommendations on how best to beat them or partner with them.
  • Partnering Study: Identifying, evaluating and choosing the best possible partner for the client. This reputational oriented analysis includes, but is not limited to, financiers, energy developers, utility players and government agencies.
  • Lead generation: Using vital intel and interviews to find a list of potential projects for an investor or supplier.
  • Project Risk Monitoring: Ongoing monitoring of risks (political, regulatory, competitor, environmental).
  • Thought leadership & Forecasting: Co-branded or independent AMI expertise in written form, including white papers, articles or studies, designed to position the client as an expert in their chosen field.
  • Social license/acceptability analysis: Analyzing the social and community acceptance of a project via survey and monitoring techniques combined with recommendations on how to improve our client’s standing in the community.

Dive Deeper

Review AMI case studies from our Energy practice to get a deeper sense of our capabilities.

LatAm Energy Segments for Which We Have Provided Market Research and Intelligence

  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Energy storage/batteries
  • Natural gas
  • LNG
  • LPG
  • Hydropower
  • Biomass
  • Oil
  • Hydrogen
  • Biofuels

Typical Client Profiles

  • Traditional oil & gas companies (which may also be developing renewable generation projects or low carbon technologies)
  • Renewable energy companies focused on development, operation and maintenance of projects
  • Large utility companies that often own and operate generation, transmission and distribution assets
  • Project developers that obtain the permitting, land rights and necessary authorizations for a project, develop it, and then sell it to the utility or major energy companies.
  • Low carbon technology and transportation companies
  • Buy-side financiers who require pre-acquisition due diligence (pension funds, asset managers)
  • Sell-side investors such as investment banks that are looking for market-expertise before advising on a deal
  • Energy consultancies
  • Research institutions, multilateral institutions (IADB, World Bank)

Key LatAm Energy Markets We Provide Research For

  • Argentina
  • Bahamas
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Colombia
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico
  • Peru
  • Suriname
  • Uruguay

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