Dino Barajas

Dino Barajas

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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2015 Energy Year in Review

Akin Gump is pleased to announce it has released its “2015 Energy Year in Review,” which examines the current state of the global energy market and highlights the energy matters with which the firm was involved last year in...more

3/29/2016 - Energy Projects Energy Sector Natural Resources Oil & Gas Renewable Energy

General Administrative Provisions on Transmission and Distribution

On February 16, 2016, the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) published the general administrative provisions regulating open access to the National Transmission Network (RNT) and the General Distribution Networks (RGD) and...more

2/23/2016 - Electricity Energy Policy Mexico

MEXICO ELECTRICITY SECTOR: CENACE Publishes Forms of Model Agreements for Transporters, Distributors, Contractors and Market...

If you read one thing... - The model Agreements provide the initial framework for the contractual relationships between Mexico’s National Center for Energy Control, on the one hand, and transporters, distributors or...more

1/29/2016 - Distributors Mexico Model Contracts Renewable Energy

Terms for the Separation of Federal Electricity Commission

On January 11, 2015, Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (SENER) published the general terms for the separation of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) in the Federal Official Gazette (the “Terms”). This action was taken pursuant...more

1/15/2016 - Administrative Authority Electricity Energy Sector Mexico

Mexico’s Energy Industry, Round One, Fourth Tender – Deep Water Blocks

Mexico’s Energy Industry - Round One, Fourth Tender – Deep Water Blocks - At last, the much anticipated deep-water bidding round has been announced in Mexico. Following the precedent set in the recently completed...more

12/28/2015 - Competitive Bidding Energy Projects Energy Sector Mexico

Guidelines for Mexico's Wholesale Electricity Market

On September 8, 2015, Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (SENER) published the Electricity Market Guidelines (the “Guidelines”) in the Federal Official Gazette. The Guidelines define and specify rules and procedures for the...more

9/15/2015 - Draft Guidance Electricity Energy Sector Market Participants Mexico

Mexico’s Energy Industry - Final Model Contract and Bidding Guidelines Published for Ronda Uno, Second Tender

On August 25, 2015, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) published the final form of the Bidding Guidelines (“Guidelines”) and the Model Production Sharing Contract (PSC) for the Second Tender initially published on...more

8/31/2015 - Competitive Bidding Energy Projects Energy Sector Mexico Tender Offers

Mexico’s Energy Industry: Updated Bidding Guidelines and Contract Terms for Ronda Uno, Second Tender

On August 4, 2015, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (the CNH) released revised versions of the Bidding Guidelines (the Guidelines) and the Model Production Sharing Contract (the PSC) for the Second Tender published on...more

8/6/2015 - Competitive Bidding Construction Contracts Energy Projects Energy Sector Mexico Offshore Drilling Oil & Gas

Mexico's Energy Industry: Midstream Regulations

Midstream Regulations - On July 27, 2015, the Comision Reguladora de Energia (“CRE”) issued its proposed regulations for the pipeline transportation and storage of petroleum, LNG and petrochemicals (“Midstream...more

8/4/2015 - Energy Sector Energy Storage Mexico Oil & Gas Pipelines Public Comment Public Projects Tariffs

Mexico’s Energy Industry - July 2015

On July 15, 2015, the First Tender initially published on December 11, 2014 (First Tender), came to a conclusion when the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) conducted the Opening and Presentation of Bid Proposals...more

7/16/2015 - Energy Projects Energy Sector First Tender Mexico Multinationals Oil & Gas

Mexico’s Energy Industry - June 2015 #2

Ronda Uno, First Tender - On June 9, 2015, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (“CNH”) published the final form of the Bidding Guidelines (“Guidelines”) and the Model Production Sharing Contract (“PSC”) for the...more

6/12/2015 - Competitive Bidding Energy Projects Energy Sector Mexico Offshore Drilling Oil & Gas

Mexico’s Energy Industry - June 2015

On May 29, 2015, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (the “CNH”) released revised versions of the Bidding Guidelines (the “Guidelines”) and the Model Production Sharing Contract (the “PSC”) for the First Tender published...more


Update: Mexico’s Ronda Uno

On April 30, 2015, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) released a revised version of the Bidding Guidelines for the First Tender published on December 11, 2014. This first tender seeks to auction fourteen (14)...more

5/5/2015 - Competitive Bidding Energy Exploration Energy Sector Mexico Tender Offers

Municipalities Playing A Leading Role In U.S. Renewable Energy Development

In an ever-changing, evolving global economy, renewable energy developers and investors are looking for the panacea that encourages continued economic growth and revitalizes new project development in the United States’...more

2/4/2015 - Energy Projects Energy Sector Municipalities Renewable Energy Utilities Sector

Mexico: Latin America’s Renewable Energy Crown Jewel

In contrast to unpredictable renewable energy policies in the United States and the European Union, Mexico has emerged as a lightning rod for renewable energy investment. As renewable energy investors assess changing global...more

2/4/2015 - Energy Sector Foreign Investment Mexico Popular Renewable Energy

Municipal Utilities Ride To The Rescue Of Beleaguered Solar Projects

After investor-owned utilities meet state requirements, local authorities can take the reins. As investor-owned utilities reach required levels of mandated state renewable portfolio standards, their willingness to offer...more


Slowing The Juggernaut

In 1992, Mexico thrust itself on to the forefront of the international power private investment stage by amending its power sector laws to permit private sector investment in power generation assets. Those early energy...more

7/23/2014 - Energy Energy Reform Mexico

PV Project Finance in Latin America is Easy, Right? [Video]

Dino Barajas, a partner with Akin Gump who is spearheading renewable energy development in Latin America for the firm discusses some of the intricacies of funding PV projects in the region....more

7/8/2014 - Energy Projects Energy Tax Incentives Funding Funding Options Latin America Renewable Energy

Treasury Proposes REIT Solar Regulations but Excludes Most Common Transactions

On the same day as President Obama’s speech championing solar, the Department of the Treasury proposed regulations defining “real estate assets” for purposes of the definition of a real estate investment trust (REIT). The...more

5/13/2014 - Barack Obama MLPs Partnership Agreements Publicly-Traded Companies Real Estate Investments REIT Solar Panels U.S. Treasury

Mexico Energy Reform – Secondary Legislation Submitted to Congress

On April 30, 2014, President Enrique Peña Nieto formally presented to the General Congress of the United Mexican States (Congress) the much anticipated secondary legislation to implement the revolutionary constitutional...more


The Renewable Energy Sector’s New Frontier: Latin America And The Caribbean

While most jurisdictions within Latin America and the Caribbean base their core electric generation asset portfolio on fossil fuels, renewable energy technologies are now changing the regional energy landscape. Now, wind,...more

5/8/2014 - Clean Energy Geothermal Energy Hydropower Latin America Renewable Energy Solar Energy Tidal Energy Wind Power

Baucus Post-2016 Proposal: No Change to PTC & ITC Reduced to 20 Percent

Today, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus (D-MT), released his proposal for energy tax incentives as part of overall tax reform. The proposal is thoughtful and merits serious consideration by the...more

12/19/2013 - Energy Energy-Efficiency Tax Credits Greenhouse Gas Emissions Investment Tax Credits Master Limited Partnerships Production Tax Credit Renewable Energy Solar Energy Tax Incentives Tax Reform Wind Power

California Adopts Energy Storage Procurement Framework

California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has adopted the country’s first energy storage procurement targets requiring utilities to integrate energy storage resources into the state’s electricity grid. Pursuant to the...more

10/23/2013 - CPUC Energy Grid Energy Storage Infrastructure Public Procurement Policies Utilities Sector

Mexico's Quiet Energy Revolution

As the World focuses on dramatic shifts in government following the dawn of Arab Springs, a dramatic revolutionary change is quietly taking place with our neighbor to the south. Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto has...more

10/11/2013 - Enrique Pena Nieto Foreign Investment Mexico Oil & Gas Pemex State-Owned Enterprises

IRS Provides Helpful Clarification to PTC “Start of Construction” Rules

On September 20th, the IRS in Notice 2013-60 clarified three critical issues in its guidance as to whether a wind project (or other type production tax credit (PTC) eligible project) is considered to have “started...more

9/23/2013 - Construction Contracts IRS Production Tax Credit Tax Credits

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