Atlantic Dialogues 2014 - New Energy Dynamics in the Atlantic Basin





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Published on Oct 26, 2014

Dr. Amina Benkhadra, Managing Director, The National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mining, Morocco
The Honorable Reinhard Butikofer, Member, European Parliament
Mr. Jefferson Edwards, General Manager, Global Gas and LNG Market Development, Royal Dutch Shell
Dr. Jerson Kelman, President, Grupo Light S.A
Moderator: Ms. Lisa Mullins, Journalist, Public Radio

New energy production and investment flows are dramatically changing the energy landscape in the Atlantic Basin. From new oil and gas exploration to booming renewable energy installations and cutting-edge business models, the four Atlantic continents are turning to the energy sector to drive their economic development.

The United States, after years of ever increasing energy imports, is on a path to compete with production giants such as Russia and Saudi Arabia largely due to the technological breakthrough known as hydraulic fracturing. Elsewhere in North America, comprehensive energy reform in Mexico will significantly increase the country’s production of oil and gas in addition to laying a foundation for a future economy powered by renewable energy resources. These emerging dynamics reaffirm that a vibrant and well-functioning energy sector remains an essential component of realizing economic prosperity.

The goal of accessing secure, affordable, and sustainable energy is driving innovation in Africa. Six out of ten of the fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa, yet nearly 550 million people on the continent still lack access electricity. International development aid has focused on improving electrification rates by supporting small, “off-grid” renewable energy systems, and entrepreneurs are bringing affordable payment structures to new electricity consumers. The innovative application of new technologies and new business models in Africa are important case studies for other countries in the wider Atlantic Basin grappling with the unfamiliar demands of an increasingly decentralized power sector driven by growing shares of renewable energy.

This panel will discuss how new sources of energy, new technologies, and new investment opportunities are being harnessed to support economic prosperity in the wider Atlantic Basin. Panelists will explore how these dynamics are fundamentally influencing both political and economic relationships throughout the region.

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