Energy Markets and Energy Transitions

With the greater Caribbean region still devastated by the coronavirus, new realities are in play: dropping demand for electric power, sharp declines in tourism, high unemployment, and the human toll of the pandemic. Countries are still taking stock of the damage and planning for recovery once the pandemic is under control.

This new webinar from Platts builds on over 20 years of annual Platts conferences covering both Central America and the Caribbean.

The program condenses the key issues and debates into two hours of in-depth discussion about the direction and movement of energy in both Central America and the Caribbean. We will cover global market trends and the way they are impacting energy transitions.

What's included

Expect live presentations, real-time interaction, and Q&A with the speakers during the event, right from your desk. Simultaneous translation is available in English-to-Spanish.

Key topics we'll cover

  • Energy trends and overview for Central America and the Caribbean
  • Fuel choices and economic constraints
  • Expanding the natural gas supply chain fuel oil markets in transition
  • LNG markets and trends as new projects come online
  • Energy transition: pathway to a 100% renewable future

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Raúl Carral
Business Development Manager, Latin America North
Wärtsilä Energy
Raúl Carral
Dr. Carral is responsible for Business Development for Wärtsilä Energy in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Before that he was Managing Partner and Consultant at Finance and Development Group S.A. de C.V., a business and project development consulting firm based in Mexico. He was Professor of Innovation and Strategy at Monterrey Tech, Campus Santa Fé in Mexico City and International Faculty Fellow of MIT Sloan School of Business. Previously he worked in business development of infrastructure projects for Nokia Networks. He holds a Doctor of Science in Technology, an MBA, and M.S. in Engineering degrees from the Helsinki University of Technology in Helsinki, Finland.

Daniel Klein
Head of Scenario Planning, Analytics
S&P Global Platts
Daniel Klein
Mr. Klein is the head of S&P Global Platts Analytics' Scenario Planning Service (SPS), leading development of the long-term energy commodity outlook. He works closely with the global oil, natural gas, coal, and other practices to evaluate the key assumptions underlying their outlooks, ensure internal consistency, and to develop plausible alternative assumptions and outcomes. He previously headed up the international coal service for Platts Analytics.

Bruce Levy
President and Chief Executive Officer
BMR Energy LLC
Bruce Levy
Mr. Levy has worked in the power and energy industry for more than 35 years. Prior to founding BMR Energy, he was the CEO of International Power’s North American IPP business, responsible for over 7,000 MW of oil, gas, coal, wind, and solar power generation throughout the region. Before IP, he served as CFO of GPU, Inc., an electric utility company serving over 2 million customers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He also previously served as President and CEO of GPU International, a non-regulated subsidiary of IP that developed, acquired, and operated generation and utility systems through the U.S., South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Mr. Levy has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from City College of New York, an MBA in Finance from New York University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Francisco Picasso
Business Development Manager, Central America and Caribbean
Wärtsilä Energy
Francisco Picasso
Mr. Picasso is a business development manager with more than 12 years’ experience in electrical engineering and management, for international and domestic power, oil & gas, mining & minerals, and in EPC and OEM global companies. Currently for Wärtsilä he is responsible for developing EPC energy solutions in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, Roatan, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Earlier experience includes project engineer manager for Shell and Jacobs. Mr. Picasso has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Louisiana, Monroe.

Lenny Rodriguez
Team Leader for Products Arbitrage and Latin American, Oil Analytics
S&P Global Platts
Lenny Rodriguez
Mr. Rodriguez is the Team Leader for Products Arbitrage and Latin American Oil Analytics for S&P Global Platts, where he is responsible for the development of product trade flow outlooks, regional supply/demand balances, price forecasting, and fundamental analysis. He authors the monthly Latin American Market Report and is a contributor to a number of other publications. Before joining us through our acquisition of PIRA, he spent nine years with Chevron as a products and biofuels Trader and as a Sr. Strategy Analyst in the company’s downstream division. He began his career at PMI Comercio Internacional, where he held scheduling and commercial roles involving refined products, crude oil, and petrochemicals. Mr. Rodriguez holds a B.A. in International Relations from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and an MSc. in International Trade and Transport from the London Metropolitan University in the U.K.

Sampo Suvisaari
Energy Business Director, Latin America North
Wärtsilä Energy
Sampo Suvisaari
Mr. Suvisaari is Energy Business Director, Latin America North at Wärtsilä. He leads both the new build energy business and the services business in the region. Mr. Suvisaari has a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and International Marketing from the Helsinki University of Technology in Helsinki, Finland.

Ross Wyeno
Lead Analyst, Americas LNG Analytics
S&P Global Platts
Ross Wyeno
Mr. Wyeno leads LNG analysis in the Americas, including the US LNG export forecast and LNG netbacks. Additionally, he forecasts LNG demand in Latin America and the Caribbean, including domestic supply and demand fundamentals. He began his nine-year career at S&P Global Platts covering global LNG before moving on to cover the Southeast Gulf and Texas region for the North American Natural Gas team and leading the development of the Mexico Energy Service. Mr. Wyeno holds a B.S. in Finance and International Business from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an M.S. in Political Economics from the Colorado School of Mines.


9:00 am

Chair's welcome to the webinar

Sampo Suvisaari, Energy Business Director, Latin America North,
Wärtsilä Energy

9:05 am

Fuel choices and dilemmas: fuel oil and LNG in Central America and the Caribbean

  • Fuel choices and changing fuel markets in Central America and the Caribbean
  • Latin American fuel oil market and pricing outlook
  • Natural gas vs. fuel oil for power generation
  • Small-scale LNG vs floating storage and regasification units (FSRU)
  • LNG supply—risks on the horizon?

Moderator: Sampo Suvisaari, Energy Business Director, Latin America North,
Wärtsilä Energy

Lenny Rodriguez, Team Lead for Products Arbitrage and Latin American Oil Analytics,
S&P Global Platts

Ross Wyeno, Lead Analyst, Americas LNG Analytics,
S&P Global Platts

Raul Carral, Business Development, Latin America North,
Wärtsilä Energy

10:30 am


10:45 am

Renewable energy and energy transition in the Caribbean and Central America

  • An overview of the region: goals for renewable energy continue to be ambitious, as policies and financing meet new challenges
  • Updates on renewable energy progress in key markets and countries throughout the region
  • Different approaches being used to integrate renewables with LNG and storage
  • Outlook on the progress of energy transition
  • Path to a 100% renewable future

Moderator: Francisco Picasso, Business Development Manager, Central America & Caribbean,
Wärtsilä Energy

Bruce Levy, President and Chief Executive Officer,
BMR Energy LLC

Daniel Klein, Head of Scenario Planning, Analytics,
S&P Global Platts

11:45 am

Close of webinar

Agenda subject to change


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Related Events

Central American and Caribbean Energy Virtual Conference

June 16-17, 2021

This new, two-day online event builds on two successful annual events that have taken place for more than 20 years: the Central American Energy Conference and the Caribbean Energy Conference. This year, because of the pandemic, we're combining the two events as a virtual conference, covering both regions and their fundamental energy challenges.

Hear the key issues and debates over two days of in-depth discussion about the direction and movement of oil and gas, electric power, and energy investment.

What will you hear about?

  • Economic challenges and new standards—Insights into the economies of the Caribbean and Central America, and the changing outlook for energy in the region, struggling with the effects of the global pandemic
  • Perspectives on electric power—New policy directions, energy investment and new power projects coming online
  • Natural gas supply to meet future growth in demand—What are the demand trends for natural gas, and what is the outlook for expansion of small scale LNG?
  • Risks and opportunities for investors—How are projects being financed, and where are the opportunities against a background of economic challenges?

The program is currently in development. Let us know you're interested and we'll email you more details and a complete agenda as soon as they're available.

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