Next Generation

May 1, 2012

LatAm’s Generators and transmission companies face huge buildouts to meet electricity demand. The largest have broad access to funds, with development banks picking up the rest.

Latin America’s utilities are facing growing financing needs as economic expansion pushes demand alongside the infrastructure conditions necessary to support and enable that demand. Natural gas and renewable energy are becoming a more prominent consideration, notably as large development banks include adherence to their environmental regulations as part of the terms for securing funding. Cross-border growth is also a focus of the region’s larger players, though most expect it to be organic.

Demand continues to skyrocket, Henry Navarro, a vice president at Empresas Energía de Bogotá (EEB) explains. Some countries are seeing 300% growth, and others up to 800%, and energy and its related infrastructure needs are gaining more attention than ever.

In addition to its home market, EEB is expanding and has its eye on Guatemala, Peru, and Colombia, Navarro says, and plans to see projects in operation in 2014 in both Peru and Guatemala. The company...

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