Lisa Viscidi is the director of the Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. Viscidi has written numerous reports and articles on energy policy and regulations, oil and gas markets, clean technologies, sustainable transport, social and environmental impacts of natural resources development, and the geopolitics of energy.
Before joining the Dialogue, she was New York bureau chief and Latin America team leader for Energy Intelligence Group. Subsequently, as a manager in the energy and emerging markets groups at Deloitte, her work focused on business development and market intelligence for public and private sector clients. She has also served as director of EntreMundos, a nonprofit organization based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
Viscidi’s articles have been published in The Financial Times, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, and Foreign Affairs. She frequently presents at conferences and universities throughout the world and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, and other news outlets. She has testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and received a Fulbright Specialist grant in 2017 to teach a course on climate change and environmental policy at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá. She also served on the Leadership Council for the National Capital Area Chapter of the US Association for Energy Economics from 2018 to 2020.
Viscidi conducted her undergraduate work in history at the George Washington University and the University of Barcelona and completed a master’s degree in Latin American studies with a focus on economic development and public policy from New York University. Viscidi speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
On June 14, the Atlantic Council and the Energy Futures Initiative held a webinar on the role of natural gas in the transition to zero-carbon energy systems. Lisa Viscidi, director of the Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program at the Dialogue, spoke about financing natural gas infrastructure in Latin America.
Companies are increasingly under pressure from the public and regulators to both disclose and improve environment, social, and governance (ESG) metrics. Such regulations in Europe and the United States will nudge investors toward low emissions projects. All this capital has to be put somewhere, and Latin America and other emerging markets are well positioned to become big recipients of these increased climate-focused flows.
In an interview with The Science of Where Magazine, Lisa Viscidi, director of the Energy, Climate Change, and Extractive Industries Program, and Sarah Phillips, program assistant, discussed Latin America’s progress toward the energy transition and its geopolitical implications.
The perfect storm of the plummeting oil price and the Covid-19 pandemic could have dire consequences for oil-dependent Latin American economies, lead to a reduction in upstream investment, and damage the prospects for renewable energy projects.
For over a decade Colombians have been debating whether or not to allow oil companies to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to produce oil and gas from shale rock, a technique that has been controversial in many countries. The high court’s decision last week to uphold a moratorium on fracking suggests the increasingly polarized debate is far from over.
Cuando [PDVSA] no encuentra mercados, en lugar de dejar de producir [petróleo] trata de usar la máxima cantidad de inventario posible, entonces también puede exportar más en un mes porque tiene petróleo de sobra en almacenamiento que está esperando para ser exportado.
Por un lado, se necesitarán grandes cantidades de capital para poner en marcha sistemas de energía con bajas emisiones de carbono. Los gobiernos [de América Latina] se enfrentan a una crisis fiscal debido a la dificultad económica resultante del Covid-19, y la inversión privada se ve obstaculizada por el alto grado de riesgo político.