Bio

Montserrat was appointed Commissioner by the Mexican Senate on September 18, 2014 for a five-year period. In 2017 she became Chair of the OECD’s Network of Economic Regulators. She stepped down in January 2019 from both responsibilities. She holds a degree in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. She also has a master’s degree in Economics from the University College London, where she specialized in Environmental Economics and Natural Resources. Additionally, she has a graduate diploma in Finance and Corporate Social Responsibility from Harvard University. She is an Eisenhower Fellow. Mrs. Ramiro has nearly 20 years of experience in the energy industry and environmental sector. She started to serve in the public sector at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. Subsequently, she worked as a consultant on topics related to energy and environment, both in Mexico and in the United States. Between 2005 and 2013, she served in several areas of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), and the subsidiary PMI Group. From 2013 to 2014, she worked as Director of Energy at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, IMCO.

Project Summary

The intersection of energy consumption and GHG emmissions i.e. Climate Change is of the utmost importance to societies across the world. Energy demand will most likely dramatically increase in the future: big data, economic growth, extreme weather events and increase in overall temperatures. As for GHG emmissions, efforts in energy efficiency, renewables intersection and the electrification of economies all aim to reduce them. However, the temptation to consider gas as the energy trasition fuel of choice has not proven as effective to manage a significant decrease in GHG emmissions. Evidently, societies need to rethink the strategy to tackle climate change and recisit conversations on several topics such as: 1. Nuclear and how it impacts energy systems and emmissionbs overall 2. Technological change, storage in particular, and its impact on both how intermittency is managed and how the conversation of load serving generation will become obsolete.

Major Publications

  • ICER Chronicle March 2018. Embracing Change While Creating a New Market: A View on Distributed Generation
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  • Wilson Center March 2019. The Value of Energy Storage and its Ability to Fight Climate Change