President & CEO
Travis Fisher is the President & CEO 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.
As President & CEO of ELCON, Fisher actively advocates for electricity consumers before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the Department of Energy (DOE), and Congress. He also routinely speaks at conferences and drives the development of economically sound electricity policy literature. Fisher was first published in the journal of the US Association for Energy Economics in 2012 and has remained active in academic discussions of electricity policy. He serves on the Advisory Committee of the Future Power Markets Forum, a project of Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University.
Fisher has over 15 years of experience in energy policy. Most recently, he served as Economic Advisor to FERC Commissioner Bernard L. McNamee from December 2018 until March 2020. He also held several roles at FERC in 2018 under the leadership of former Chairman Kevin J. McIntyre.
In January 2017, after serving on the Presidential Transition Teams at FERC and the DOE, Fisher joined the DOE as a Senior Advisor in the Loan Programs Office and the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. At the DOE, he was responsible for leading the Department’s efforts on the Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability.
Prior to joining DOE, Fisher was an economist at the Institute for Energy Research, where he oversaw and expanded the think tank’s research on electricity markets, FERC, and grid reliability. And prior to that, he served as a staff economist at FERC for seven years in the Office of Energy Market Regulation.
A native of North Carolina, Fisher holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in economics from North Carolina State University. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and son.
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. Many ELCON members also cogenerate steam/thermal energy and electricity.
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.