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Vice President, Environment & Resources
Michael Fisher directs the firm's Water and Energy practice. He is an economist and financial analyst who has worked since 1973 on issues of environmental and energy policy and regulation; energy and other mineral-resource development on public lands; and acquisitions, transaction structuring, and project finance.
Fisher has served as director or principal consultant for numerous Abt Associates projects. He has extensive experience in cost and economic impact analyses for EPA’s Office of Water in developing effluent discharge regulations for many U.S. industries. He also has substantial experience in analyses to promote energy efficiency and clean/renewable energy, and the relationship among energy consumption, economic activity, and greenhouse gas emissions.
In other recent efforts, Fisher led development of the Carbon Emissions Economic Intensity analytic system, which analyzes the factors underlying change in state-level carbon-emissions intensity over time, and the sources of difference across states. In addition, Fisher led development of the Trade Environmental Assessment Model, which estimates the environmental release effects (including GHG emissions) of trade and other macro-level economic events, within a multi-sector, input-output analytic framework.
Before joining Abt Associates, Fisher worked at Hagler Bailly, Inc., where he was Director of Corporate Development and a Consulting Principal. He was also a vice president of Resource Capital Group and an economist in EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.
Fisher holds M.Phil., M.A., and B.A. degrees in Economics from Yale University.