It's an interesting time for Latin America's electric power industry. The region's mainstay energy source, hydroelectricity generated by mega dams, has hit a development roadblock resulting from a combination of socio-environmental and climate-related factors. As a result, many countries are now focused on diversifying their power grids and exploring alternative sources. More broadly speaking, the region has entered a period of more moderate growth, following a decade-long economic bonanza.
To get a sense of the general sentiments in and around Latin America's power sector, BNamericas turned to its network of experts for the 2015 edition of its annual survey.
A total of 80 people participated this year. They included CEOs and other c-level executives, project managers, engineers, analysts and marketing strategists. Respondents were divided into seven groups based on their field of work (see chart below). The largest of these were the generation segment (29%), the consulting business (28%) and the public/development sector (14%).
The expertise and interests of the survey's participants encompassed 22 markets in Latin American and the Caribbean, including all of the major South American countries, the Spanish-speaking Central American nations, and Mexico.
A total 40.3% of respondents said Colombia was one of their principal countries of interest (they could pick more than one), followed by Brazil and Chile with 32.5% each. Peru (23%), Mexico (22%) and Argentina (20%) were other significant areas of focus.