6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Mexico's Energy Reforms: Tracking Progress

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The Mexican energy industry is set for transformation after President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law the reform's secondary legislation in August. On Friday, November 14, 2014, the Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute in partnership with the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Baker & McKenzie LLP, and Platts hosted the first major policy address in the United States by two of the top Mexican officials leading this reform.

How will the reform and the new laws remake the Mexican energy industry and affect the country's economy? Are the reforms on track heading into 2015? What are the implications for the United States and North America as a whole?

Keynote Speakers*

María de Lourdes Melgar Palacios
Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons, Secretariat of Energy of Mexico (SENER)

Enrique Ochoa Reza
Director General, Federal Electricity Commission of Mexico (CFE)

David Goldwyn
Nonresident Senior Energy Fellow, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Atlantic Council; President, Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC; Former Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Additional Speakers

Duncan Wood
Director, Mexico Institute

Bill Loveless
Host, Platts Energy Week

Jason Marczak 
Deputy Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Atlantic Council

*Additional speakers to be confirmed.

About the Speakers
Dr. María de Lourdes Melgar Palacios was appointed Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons of the Ministry of Energy by President Enrique Peña Nieto on February 5, 2014. She previously served as Undersecretary of Electricity since 2012. Between 1993 and 2007, she held various positions within the Mexican diplomatic corps. From 1998 to 2002, she was Director General for International Affairs at the Energy Department.

Dr. Enrique Ochoa Reza is Director General of the Federal Electricity Commission and Professor of Constitutional Law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He was Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons of the Ministry of Energy from December 2012 to February 2014. Dr. Ochoa was advisor to the Secretary of Energy from 1997 to 1999.

David L. Goldwyn is the nonresident senior energy fellow at the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and president of Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC, an international energy advisory consultancy. He served as the U.S. Department of State's special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs from 2009 to 2011. 

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Speakers

  • MarÍa de Lourdes Melgar Palacios

    Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons, Secretariat of Energy of Mexico (SENER)
  • Enrique Ochoa Reza

    Director General, Federal Electricity Commission of Mexico (CFE)
  • David L. Goldwyn

    President, Goldwyn Global Strategies LLC, former State Department Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, and Co-Editor, Energy & Security: Strategies for a World in Transition
  • Duncan Wood

    Director, Mexico Institute
  • Bill Loveless

    Host, Platts Energy Week
  • Jason Marczak

    Deputy Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Atlantic Council