President & CEO
John P. Hughes is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electricity Consumers Resource Council (ELCON). ELCON is a Washington DC-based national association representing large industrial consumers of electricity. ELCON’s multi-national member companies own and operate major manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and in all foreign markets. They produce a wide range of products from virtually every segment of the manufacturing community. Many ELCON members also cogenerate steam/thermal energy and electricity.
Since joining ELCON in 1987 as Director of Technical Affairs, Mr. Hughes has managed ELCON’s interventions at FERC, DOE, EPA, and state PUCs, and in testimony before Congress. He is the lead author of ELCON position papers and technical documents on all facets of the electric industry. Mr. Hughes was appointed Vice President – Technical Affairs in 2004. He became President and CEO in October 2015.
Mr. Hughes has served on the Executive Committee of the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) and currently serves on NAESB’s Advisory Council.
Mr. Hughes has been active with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and its predecessor organization since 1997. He has served on NERC’s Market Interface Committee, Planning Committee, the Compliance & Certification Committee, and the BES Standards Drafting Team. He currently serves on NERC’s Member Representatives Committee (MRC).
Prior to joining ELCON, Mr. Hughes was Director of Economic Research at the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation. He was previously Chief Economist of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Council.
Mr. Hughes received his undergraduate training in civil and mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and his graduate training in economics at Cornell University.
Vice President, Government & Public Affairs
Charles A. Acquard is Vice President for Government and Public Affairs of the Electricity Consumers Resource Council (ELCON). ELCON is a Washington DC-based national association representing large industrial consumers of electricity. ELCON’s multinational member companies own and operate major manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and in all foreign markets. They produce a wide range of products from virtually every segment of the manufacturing community.
Before joining ELCON, Mr. Acquard served for almost twenty years as Executive Director of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA), an organization comprised of agencies designated by state law to represent mostly residential utility consumers before state public utility commissions and the courts. Prior to joining NASUCA, Mr. Acquard was a Senior Legislative Representative for the American Public Power Association, Legislative Assistant to a Member of Congress from Texas, and a crime reporter for the Arlington, Texas, Daily News.
Mr. Acquard was a University Scholar at Southern Methodist University where he received degrees with honors in Political Science and Journalism. He is also a graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law and a member of the Maryland and Pennsylvania bars. He lives in Laurel, Maryland, with his wife Geraldine, a high school psychology teacher, and three college-age sons.