This workshop on November 19 is an exclusive closed-door event with key public officials and financiers, both local and international. Therefore, only a limited number of seats are available for this day.

 

Workshop /// Regulatory and Financing Workshop

09:00 Welcome Coffee

09:30 Word of welcome and agenda

09:35 Opening remarks

09:50 Colombia’s Renewable Energy Roadmap

  • Status quo in current energy landscape and government’s commitment
  • Updates on Colombia’s changing regulatory framework for renewable energy
  • Steps taken by government to attract foreign investment in the renewable energy sector
  • Updates on renewable energy tenders and opportunities for foreign investment
RICARDO RAMIREZ /// GENERAL DIRECTOR - UPME
Ricardo Humberto Ramírez Carrero undertook his undergraduate studies in electrical engineering at Universidad Industrial de Santander and his graduate studies in energy at Sheffield University. With more than 30 years of experience in the energy sector, in both public and private fields, Ramírez has carried out duties as Chief of the Mining and Energy Division at the National Planning Department, Expert Commissioner at the National Regulation Commission for Energy and Gas, Technical Secretary for National Operation Counsel in Natural Gas, and Supervising Manager at the ANH. In the academic arena, Ramírez has carried out duties as professor at National University and Santander Industrial University.
RICARDO RAMIREZ
GENERAL DIRECTOR - UPME

10:20 The Electricity Market and the Renewable Energy Regulation - CREG

  • Role and position of CREG
  • Update on existing energy regulation, for distributed and utility scale generation
  • Future outlook for regulatory changes and incentives
  • Scarcity prices set for solar PV and their indexation

10:50 Q&A with both speakers

11:15 Networking coffee break

11:45 The grid and renewables: addressing the elephant in the room

  • Is the electricity network a restriction on future growth of renewable energy in the country?
  • Planned and scheduled interventions in the grid
  • Substation capacity available for PV projects and the permitting processes
  • How does the grid hold up for future auctions and projects already under development?
ALEJANDRO GUTIÉRREZ /// MANAGER NEW ENERGY VENTURES - ISA
Alejandro Gutiérrez lidera los aspectos regulatorios y de mercado de la iniciativa de Emprendimientos en Energía del Grupo ISA, evaluando y desarrollando nuevos modelos de negocio y de mercado para la aplicación de nuevas tecnologías en el ámbito geográfico de la compañía.

Alejandro está vinculado al Grupo ISA desde 1995 y su experiencia profesional ha estado enmarcada en asuntos relacionados con la regulación de la operación de sistemas y de mercados eléctricos, así como en estructuración de proyectos de nuevos negocios. Es ingeniero electricista de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Es además Especialista en Gerencia de Proyectos, Especialista en Organización Industrial y Regulación Económica y Magister en Economía de la Universidad EAFIT de Medellín.
ALEJANDRO GUTIÉRREZ
MANAGER NEW ENERGY VENTURES - ISA

12:15 Reviewing the regulatory framework and licensing processes

  • Implications of the regulation in place and its specific deliverables
  • Hurdles and opportunities in Colombia’s upcoming energy auction
  • Outlining critical processes in social and environmental permitting
CLAUDIA NAVARRO /// DIRECTOR - BRIGARD Y URRUTIA
Ms. Navarro joined the firm in 2010 and is the Director of the Infrastructure and Public Utilities Practice Group. She has advised many companies along the different activities of the energy sector using conventional and non-conventional sources, as well as natural gas. Among others, Claudia has wide experience in contract’s structuring, including but not limited to, BOOMT, PPAs and connection agreements and all matters related to electricity retail and natural gas production.

She is an expert in regulation of the electric energy and natural gas services and she has been recognized as a distinguished attorney by various sectorial associations such as: ANDESCO, ACOLGEN, ASOCODIS, and ANDI. She has actively participated in the process of consolidation and recognition of the Infrastructure, Energy and Natural Gas practice, accomplishing to position it in national and foreign market.

Ms. Navarro holds postgraduate degrees in Public Management from Los Andes University and Contractual Law from Externado University. Moreover, she holds a Master’s Degree in Constitutional Law from the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales of Madrid and undertook her PhD studies in the University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.

Currently, Ms. Navarro teaches the course of “Infrastructure: regulation and finance” of the faculty of Law of Los Andes University and “Public, construction and concession agreements typology, infrastructure and public utilities” of Rosario University.
CLAUDIA NAVARRO
DIRECTOR - BRIGARD Y URRUTIA
GUILLERMO TEJEIRO /// SR ASSOCIATE - BRIGARD Y URRUTIA
Law graduate (J.D) and Master in Law from the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), LL.M in Environmental and Energy Law from K.U Leuven (Belgium), Specialist in Environmental Law from UFRGS (Brazil), Specialist in Electricity and Gas Regulation from the University Externado de Colombia (Colombia).

Member of Brigard Urrutia since 2014, Mr. Tejeiro currently leads the Environment and Sustainability Practice within the team of Natural Resources and Environmental Law. He is also a member of the Infrastructure and Public Utilities team of the firm, where he advises clients on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency projects.

He has served as legal counsel, researcher and lecturer in matters related to environmental law and renewable energy in Colombia, Switzerland and Brazil, occupying various positions in the real sector, NGOs, research institutes and law firms. He is author of several publications in Colombia and abroad in environmental and renewable energy law, and is currently professor on sustainability matters within several universities across Colombia.
GUILLERMO TEJEIRO
SR ASSOCIATE - BRIGARD Y URRUTIA

12:45 Navigating Colombian tax rules for RE projects and their impact on returns

  • Tax benefits for RE projects
  • Accelerated depreciation on RE investments
  • Exemption on import duties
LUCAS MORENO /// PARTNER - BRIGARD Y URRUTIA
Member of the firm since 2005 and he is currently partner of the Tax and Wealth Management. He worked during two years at Ernst & Young LLP in New York as Senior Associate. He has advised national and international companies on different matters such as the acquisition of local companies, corporate restructurings involving both local and foreign affiliated and international financing projects. In addition, he provides advice to local and foreign companies undertaking projects in the mining and hydrocarbons sector.

He has wide experience in local tax law and is an expert in the application of treaties to avoid double taxation. Member of the International Fiscal Association - IFA and the Colombian Institute of tax law-ICDT. Professor of the postgraduate degree in international taxation at Universidad de la Sabana and EAFIT.

Lawyer of the Faculty of legal sciences, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, obtained a degree of LL. M from New York University School of Law, is admitted to practice in the State of New York. In addition, was recipient of the scholarship Wallace Scholarship at N.Y.U., and obtained postgraduate degrees in Customs Law at Universidad Externado de Colombia and in Tax Laws Universidad de los Andes.
LUCAS MORENO
PARTNER - BRIGARD Y URRUTIA

13:15 Networking lunch

14:45 Word of introduction guests

15:00 Overview of PV Project Financing in Colombia and Latin America

  • Opportunities for foreign investment in the new investment climate
  • Overview of Colombian banking sector and financial institutions
  • Unlocking capital in Colombia
MIGUEL TOLEDO /// PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT OFFICER - IFC
Miguel Toledo has more than 15 years of experience structuring financing for power, gas, transport, and water projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Toledo is currently a Principal Investment Officer within IFC’s Latin America Infrastructure and Natural Resources group, leading IFC’s efforts in Central America, the Caribbean and the Andean regions. Prior to joining IFC in 2005, he worked at CAF and Citigroup. Mr. Toledo holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia and a master’s degree in Business Administration from McGill University in Montreal.
MIGUEL TOLEDO
PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT OFFICER - IFC

15:30 Introduction of banks by representatives

15:45 Local capital market (workshop and discussion)

  • Local finance market and the available liquidity?
  • Prospects for solar PV market, matching capital needs and means
  • Eye on the future: risks & opportunities to look for
SORAYA SERRANO /// GERENTE COMMERCIAL - BANCO PROCREDIT
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SORAYA SERRANO
GERENTE COMMERCIAL - BANCO PROCREDIT
IGNACIO IMAS /// LEGAL COUNSEL - IDB INVEST
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IGNACIO IMAS
LEGAL COUNSEL - IDB INVEST
ANDRÉS RESTREPO MESA /// DIRECTOR DE ESTRUCTURACIONES - DAVIVIENDA
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ANDRÉS RESTREPO MESA
DIRECTOR DE ESTRUCTURACIONES - DAVIVIENDA

16:35 Foreign (equity) financing

  • Investment climate in Colombia
  • Key risks and mitigation instruments for PV investments
  • Eye on the future: risks & opportunities
  • Business cases: comparing projects in LATAM and best practices
  • Key considerations to successfully raise capital

17:10 Raising capital through green bonds

  • Solving a financing gap in renewable energy
  • Lessons learned from first in its kind bond issuance
Mark Dennison /// counselor - Eversheds
Mark advises on infrastructure and renewable energy finance. His clients are project finance lenders, funds, borrowers, sponsors, developers and public authorities.

In renewable energy finance, Mark advises on projects for the delivery of all types of technology including storage, onshore and offshore wind, solar PV and biomass. This includes both innovative projects, such as the very first certified green bond for solar in Brazil and Colombia.

Mark also advises on asset finance and public sector finance matters and is identified in the Legal 500 as a “financing expert”.
Mark Dennison
counselor - Eversheds

17:30 Closing remarks

17:45 Workshop reception

18:45 Joint Networking Dinner & Pre-Conference dinner

Kick-off networking dinner to meet fellow delegates and explore opportunities with invited local stakeholders and speakers of the conference El Futuro Solar