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BID afirma que Fondo de Infraestructura debe operar independiente de los ciclos politicos

17 de septiembre de 2016

Marco Gutierrez v.

El experto calificó como "una buena idea" que el gobierno corporativo de esta iniciativa se asemeje a la estructura del Banco Central, como han planteado desde el sector privado.

El gerente del Sector Infraestructura y Energía del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID), Pablo Pereira dos Santos, visitó Chile esta semana, para participar en el taller "Fondo de Infraestructura en Chile y experiencia internacional", junto a técnicos de los ministerios de Hacienda y Obras Públicas...

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Lee mas aqui: http://www.economiaynegocios.cl/noticias/noticias.asp?id=290826

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Siemens le prometio a Macri invertir 5000 millones de euros en infraestructura

14 de septiembre de 2016

Mariano Obarrio

Mientras se desarrollaba el Foro de Inversiones y Negocios, el presidente Mauricio Macri recibió ayer un compromiso de la empresa alemana Siemens de invertir 5000 millones de euros en un plan hasta 2020 que generará 3000 nuevos puestos de trabajo directos, 7000 indirectos y capacitará a 700 nuevos trabajadores para proyectos de energía, transporte y electrificación de trenes.

Así consta en una carta de intención que firmaron en el Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK) el ministro de Producción, Francisco Cabrera, y el CEO de Siemens, Joe Kaeser, ante la presencia de Macri y del ministro de Economía, Energía y vicecanciller de Alemania, Sigmar Gabriel...

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Lee mas aqui: http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1937911-siemens-le-prometio-a-macri-invertir-5000-millones-de-euros-en-infraestructura

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Gobierno brasileno espera recaudar US$7.270 millones con concesiones en 2017

14 de septiembre de 2016

Río de Janeiro. El gobierno brasileño espera recaudar 24.000 millones de reales (US$7.270 millones) con el paquete de concesiones y permisos lanzado este miércoles para el año 2017, una cifra que de lograrse, supondría un récord para el país y que superaría los 22.070 millones de reales (unos US$6.690 millones) recaudados en 2013.

El presidente Michel Temer anunció su primer paquete de concesiones, que incluye 34 proyectos entre aeropuertos (Florianópolis, Salvador, Fortaleza y Recife), carreteras, terminales portuarias y ferrovías, además de activos en el sector eléctrico, óleo u gas, minerales y saneamiento...

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Lee mas aqui: http://www.americaeconomia.com/negocios-industrias/gobierno-brasileno-espera-recaudar-us7270-millones-con-concesiones-en-2017

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The evolving electricty sector and the case for reform

September 14, 2016

Patrick Currier

From taxis to television, nothing is safe from technological innovation and the resulting market disruption it leaves in its wake. Even Thomas Edison is not immune. The electricity model envisioned by Edison over 130 years ago at his Pearl Street Station – the nation's first central power plant – is evolving. This shift comes despite the fact that the current system continues to function reasonably well in delivering affordable and reliable energy to millions of households and businesses. But in today's innovation economy the old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" no longer applies.

The nation's electricity laws and regulations are in need of updating in order to address the many challenges facing the industry. Credit, therefore, should be given to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which last week began what could be one of the most significant energy undertakings Congress has tackled in some time – reform of the Federal Power Act, the statute that controls how wholesale electricity is produced, sold, and delivered in the United States. From an underwhelming experiment with deregulation to significant technological advancements to major changes in consumer expectations to increasing environmental pressures, the power sector is witnessing a shift that requires careful congressional oversight, if not actual legislative reform...

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Read more at The Hill: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/295696-the-evolving-electricity-sector-and-the-case-for-reform

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A Solar Project Worth Watching in Morocco

September 13, 2016

Brooke Anderson

The rugged landscape around Ouarzazate, a city in south-central Morocco on the edge of the vast Sahara, is known to some as a filming location for movies such as "Lawrence of Arabia" and television shows like "Game of Thrones." Now, the sparsely populated area is getting attention for something else: solar power.

The first phase of a $9 billion solar-power project that has been under construction since 2013 opened earlier this year, making use of vast arrays of mirrors, rather than the more widely used photovoltaic panels, to produce electricity from sunlight...

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Read more at The Wall Street Journal: http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-solar-project-worth-watching-in-morocco-1473818401

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Mexico descubre dos pozos con reservas de 200 millones de barriles de petroleo

13 de septiembre de 2016

La petrolera nacional mexicana, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) anunció este martes el hallazgo de dos pozos de petróleo en aguas del Golfo de México, conformados por seis yacimientos que tienen en su conjunto entre 190 y 220 millones de barriles de petróleo crudo equivalente (pce). el hallazgo llega en un momento de crisis financiera de la empresa, con nuevos recortes a su presupuesto para 2017 y pérdidas históricas de 40.000 millones de dólares.

"Pemex descubrió dos yacimientos de crudo súper ligero en aguas profundas y cuatro de crudo ligero en aguas someras, lo que confirma el potencial petrolero de las provincias geológicas del Golfo de México", indicó la paraestatal en un comunicado...

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Lee mas aqui: http://economia.elpais.com/economia/2016/09/13/actualidad/1473803471_837644.html

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50 Mind-Blowing Implications of Self-Driving Cars (and Trucks)

September 12, 2016

Geoff Nesnow

As Uber rolls out its first self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh, Tesla and Mercedes roll out limited self-driving capabilities and cities around the world negotiate with companies who want to bring self-driving cars and trucks to their cities, I thought it might be interesting to think through the implications of a fully implemented self-driving transportation network.

Depending on who you listen to, a driverless world could happen as soon as 3 years or as far out as 20 or 30 years or more. It's exciting and scary!

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Read more on Medium: https://medium.com/startup-grind/mind-blowing-driverless-future-fcc5197d509#.o8affh1kg

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Bitcoin Technology Harnessed to Push Electricity Revolution

September 12, 2016

Anna Hirtenstein and Weixin Zha

Bitcoin technology is starting to seep into the electricity business, shaking up the way payments are managed every time a light switch is flipped.

From New York to Vienna, researchers and utilities are adapting the cloud-based ledger system used to track bitcoins as a replacement for slower administrative systems that require constant human input and multiple spreadsheets. Once set up, the database, called blockchain, automatically records individual actions within a system, formats them, and stores the results in a secure online listing available to anyone anywhere with access...

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Read more at Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-12/bitcoin-technology-harnessed-to-push-electricity-revolution?utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-business

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China Infrastructure Investment Model Under Fire

September 11, 2016

Gabriel Wildau

More than half of Chinese infrastructure investments have "destroyed, not generated" economic value as the costs have been larger than the benefits, according to researchers at Oxford university, a finding that will fuel debate over the viability of China's infrastructure-heavy growth model.

Infrastructure investment has been a major driver of Chinese economic growth over the past 35 years as hundreds of millions of workers migrated from rural to urban areas. China has stepped up infrastructure spending this year to buffer a slowdown in manufacturing investment...

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Read more at Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b1d9177c-7650-11e6-bf48-b372cdb1043a.html#axzz4KQcxNKgp

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Free Speech: India's mobile-phone operators get a daunting new rival

September 10, 2016

IN THE end it was even worse than they had feared. For months now, India's dozen mobile-phone operators have been pondering just how aggressively Mukesh Ambani, the boss of Reliance Industries and India's richest man, would gatecrash their market with the launch of Jio, his new 4G telecoms operation. They certainly expected the thousands of billboards adorned by Shah Rukh Khan, a ubiquitous Bollywood star. Heavily discounted prices were predictable, too. But the news that, from September 5th, anyone paying as little as 149 rupees ($2.20) a month would be able to make free phone calls and browse the internet a bit was a genuine shock. The share prices of rival firms tumbled.

Telecoms incumbents are right to worry. Reliance has been able to use billions in cash from its main oil and refining businesses to invest over $20 billion in the infrastructure required to deliver high-speed connectivity across India. And Mr Ambani understands the industry extremely well. He built a network from scratch in the early 2000s, although that firm eventually went to his younger brother, Anil, in 2005 after the pair fell out...

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Read more at The Economist: http://www.economist.com/news/business/21706548-indias-mobile-phone-operators-get-daunting-new-rival-free-speech?zid=293&ah=e50f636873b42369614615ba3c16df4a

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