Described as "no sharper mind …or sharper thorn in an [opponent's side]", Ann Fisher is an energy consultant and business lawyer who believes that litigation is a poor substitute for effective communication and dispute resolution. As she points out, "Litigation costs money and creates animosity with no guarantee that the outcome will please anyone. But when you are in litigation, you have to get in and fight for what you believe in. The trick is to solve the problem before litigation is necessary."
What does Ann believe in? Those customers should receive fair and reasonable rates for safe and reliable service, that the benefits of open markets in transmission, energy supply, and distribution haven't materialized, but the problems remain - increased costs, manipulated markets, loss of reliability. She feels strongly that the industry is on the cusp of significant change in terms of the provision of electricity while the public demands cheaper and always reliable energy. More than anything else, Ann Fisher believes that this is the time when the Country needs to pull together to find cohesive and overarching solutions that cannot be easily dismantled by a fragmented thinking.
Ann Fisher is the Principal in AF Legal & Consulting Services LLC, now in its twentieth year, specializing in delivering a business approach to a client's energy and business problems. Her work has focused upon the emerging "competitive" energy markets, transmission issues, and how to address integration and use of renewable resources. But as Ann Fisher points out, energy issues are at heart business problems - communications among stakeholders, strategic development of ideas and concepts, contract development, dealing with local, state, and federal regulatory policy, and project management from the blueprint stage through start up. "The framework may be different but the basic problems are the same - how to deliver a product on time and on budget." In the energy area, often the "project" is how to find the best possible solution with the lowest detrimental impact to other customers and utilities.