Jon B. Wellinghoff 
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Jon B. Wellinghoff


Immediate past Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Jon Wellinghoff is an internationally recognized energy law attorney and clean tech energy expert.

He consults internationally to energy policy leaders in the U.S., China, Australia, and Europe, and has clients with interests worldwide. Domestically he is participating in the New York REV process initiated to reform the electric utility distribution model. Jon recently co-authored with one of his clients an article published in the Public Utilities Fortnightly describing a new structure for operating an electric distribution utility incorporating an independent system operator to better allow for the deployment of distributed energy resources like solar PV, energy efficiency and demand response to end use consumers. This market based model is patterned after the independent system operators or "ISO's" created by FERC in wholesale electric markets.

Jon represents clients in an array of emerging energy technology fields including energy storage, demand response, big energy data analytics, distributed solar PV, advanced transmission control technology, and waste heat recovery systems.

He served as General Counsel at the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (1998-2000), and served two terms as the State of Nevada's first Advocate for Customers of Public Utilities. As Consumer Advocate, he authored the first comprehensive state utility integrated planning statute. That statute became a model for utility integrated planning processes across the country. He was also the primary author of the groundbreaking Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard Act and was one of the lead participants in developing the regulations to implement the law. He went on to assist six other states with the development of renewable portfolio standards.

During his FERC tenure, Jon worked to make the U.S. power grid cleaner and more efficient, integrating emerging resources such as renewable energy and demand response, including energy efficiency and local storage systems such as those in plug-in hybrid and all electric vehicles.

He championed the agency's landmark Order 1000 which required grid planners and public utilities to coordinate regional power line projects and encouraged the integration of solar and wind installations. As Chairman, he also created FERC's Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, which is responsible for investigating and promoting new efficient technologies and practices in the energy sectors under FERC's jurisdiction, and oversaw development of the National Assessment of Demand Response Potential and the National Action Plan for Demand Response.

Jon has written and lectured extensively on numerous subjects related to energy policy and practice, including renewable project development and renewable portfolio standards; business, market, and rate structures for distribution utilities including the issues of net metering and the effects of solar PV deployment in utility distribution systems; smart grid development and integration of electric vehicles and consumer appliances into the grid; demand response, energy efficiency, and distributed generation; physical and cyber security of the grid; waste heat recovery systems; and development of licensing and hydrokinetic systems. He has given lectures at MIT, Stanford, University of California Berkeley, Harvard, and Princeton and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications and energy trade journals.

Professional Honors

  • Clean Energy Project, "Power Player Award," 2014
  • Phil Symons, "Energy Storage Award," 2014
  • Green Power, "Leader of the Year Award," 2013
  • Award of Appreciation, Marshall University College of Business, 2013 
  • Solar Champion Award, Vote Solar Initiative, 2013 
  • Green Power Leadership Award, Center for Resource Solutions, 2013 
  • Clean Power Champion Award, Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology, 2013 
  • Bernard H. Falk Award for Outstanding Achievement, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, 2012 
  • Demand Response and Smart Grid Leadership Award, Demand Response Coordinating Committee, 2009 
  • Special Achievement Award, Greater Vermont Law School Alumni Association, 2009 
  • Charles H. Percy Award for Public Service, Alliance to Save Energy, 2008 
  • Thought Leadership Award, EnerNOC, 2008 
  • Leadership in Demand Response Award, U.S. Demand Response Coordinating Committee, 2007

Professional Activities

  • Advisor, University of California San Diego, Micro Grid project, 2014-current
  • Strategic Counsel, Advanced Energy Management Alliance, 2014-current
  • Co-Chair, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission/ National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Demand Response/Smart Response Collaborative, 2006-current 
  • Co-Chair, Energy Transition Forum on U.S./European Utility Business Models, 2012-current 
  • Member, Committee on Energy Resources and Environment, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, 2006-2013
  • Member, Advisory Committee of the Institute for Electric Efficiency, 2007-2013
  • Member, American Solar Energy Society, 1981-current 
  • Co-Chair, FERC/EPRI Transmission Technology Forum, 2008-2010 
  • Advisor, U.S. Department of Defense Science Board's Energy Policy Task Force, 2006-2007 
  • Advisor, Energy Foundation and NRDC on China-U.S. Energy Policy, 2007-current 
  • Board Member, Desert Research Institute Green Power Program, 2000-2006


Jon has lectured extensively on subjects related to energy policy and practice. He has been a speaker and panelist at dozens of leading energy conferences, including Solar Power International, Platts Global Power Markets, MIT Energy Conference, Bloomberg News Energy Finance Summit, PowerGEN International, Deloitte Energy Conference, Edison Foundation's "Powering the People Conference" and Washington Clean Energy Roundtable. He has also testified numerous times before the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate in his capacity as FERC Chairman and Commissioner.

Recent and upcoming presentations include:

  • Keynote Speaker, "Grid Connected Buildings & Future of Smart Cities," NEMA, The Association of Electrical Equipment and Medical Imaging Manufacturers Climate & Energy Law Symposium, San Diego, California, Nov. 8, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, "Successes and Challenges in Climate Change Law," University of San Diego School of Law Fifth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium, San Diego, California, Nov. 7, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, "Rethinking Security for the 21st Century," VERGE hosted by GreenBiz, San Francisco, California, Oct. 29, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, "Utilities Owning Assets in Their Regulated Service Areas," Solar Power International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 22, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, "Illuminating Companies," Association of Edison, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Oct. 18, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, "Renewable Energy & Cleantech Meeting," Wells Fargo, Monterey, California, Oct. 14, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, "Power Grid Resilience Summit," IQPC New York, San Francisco, California, Sept. 9, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, "Renewable Energy: A Point / Counterpoint Discussion," 2014 CoBank Energy and Water Executive Forum, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Aug. 27, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, "Advancing an Evolved Utility Business Model," Minnesota Rural Electric Association, St. Cloud, Minnesota, Aug. 13, 2014
  • Panelist, "Crowdsourcing Greentech Investing's Most Important Questions," Greentech Media, Menlo Park, California, Aug. 5, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, "Launch Event & Annual Member Meeting," Smart Grid Northwest, Portland, Oregon, Jul. 24, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, "Renewable Energy: A Point / Counterpoint Discussion," CoBank 2014 Energy Directors Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jul. 7, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, "Natural Gas: Fuel of the Future," NWGA & NWIGU: 11th Annual Energy Conference 2014, Stevenson, Washington, Jun. 4, 2014
  • Panelist, "An Energy Agenda for the Future," NYPSC Symposium 2014, Albany, New York, May 22, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, "LG&E and KU Energy Officers Strategic Planning Meeting," Louisville, Kentucky, May 9, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, "Energy Investors Funds 25th Annual Meeting," Dana Point, California, May 7, 2014
  • Panelist, "Capacity Markets in Transition - Balancing Stakeholder Interests," Platts Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, Apr. 8, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, "Power Industry Transformation Summit," Infocast, San Francisco, California, Apr. 2, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, "Acore - National Policy Forum," Washington, DC, Mar. 28, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, "Energy Thought Summit," Austin, Texas, Mar. 25, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, "The Comparative Ethical and Professional Challenges Facing International Construction Lawyers," The Construction SuperConference 2013, San Francisco, California, Dec. 11, 2013
  • Panelist, "Fireside Chat: Tomorrow's Utility in a Distributed Generation World," U.S. Solar Market Insight Conference, San Diego, California, Dec. 10, 2013
  • Guest Speaker with Greentech Media's Energy Gang, "East vs. West: How Does East Coast Solar Really Stack Up?," Solar Focus 2013, Washington, D.C., Nov. 12, 2013
  • Panelist, "Exploring Opportunities in Solar," Solar Power International, Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 23, 2013
  • Keynote Speaker, The National Summit on Integrating Energy Efficiency & Smart Grid, Washington, D.C., Oct. 15, 2013
  • Keynote Speaker, Energy Investment Summit, New York, New York, Oct. 3, 2013
  • Keynote Speaker, Renewable Energy Markets Conference, Austin, Texas, Sept. 22, 2013
  • Panelist, "Energy Infrastructure and Power Pathways: Shared Experiences in the United States and Europe," Environmental and Energy Study Institute Briefing, Washington, D.C., Sept. 12, 2013
  • Keynote Speaker, National Clean Energy Summit, Las Vegas, Nevada, Aug. 13, 2013
  • Panelist, "Crystal Ball: Navigating the Waters of a Maturing Industry," Renewable Energy Finance Forum, New York, New York, June 26, 2013


  • "Testimony Of Jon Wellinghoff To The Reforming Energy Vision Panel," Before The New York State Public Service Commission (Case 14-E-0318, Case 14-G-0319), Nov. 2014
  • "Rooftop Parity," Fortnightly, Aug. 2014
  • Expert Witness Report, "Itron, Inc., v. Consert Inc.," In The Court of Chancery of The State of Delaware, Case No. 7720VCL, Aug. 2014
  • Comments Of Jon Wellinghoff Before The State Of New York Department Of Public Service, "Proceeding On Motion Of The Commission In Regard To Reforming The Energy Vision," CASE NO. 14-M-0101, Jul. 2014
  • "The Beauty of Demand Response," ENERGYBIZ, May/June 2014
  • "Reforming the Energy Vision," Leading Authorities, May 8, 2014
  • "Demand Response: The Power of Aggregation," Intelligent Utility, 2014
  • Co-author, "The Cashback Car," Plug-in Electric Vehicles, Brookings Institution, Jan. 2009
  • Co-author, "Facilitating Hydrokinetic Energy Development Through Regulatory Innovation," Energy Law Journal, Nov. 2008
  • "Creating Regulatory Structures for Robust Demand Response Participation in Organized Wholesale Electric Markets," 2008 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficient Buildings, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Aug. 2008
  • "FERC Commissioners Comment on Hydro," Hydro Review Magazine, June 2008
  • Co-author, "Recognizing the Importance of Demand Response: The Second Half of the Wholesale Electric Market Equation," Energy Law Journal, Nov. 2007
  • "Dropping Your Load to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint," San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 2007
  • Co-author, "Rebirth of Utility DSM Programs in Nevada," 2004 ACEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Aug. 2004
  • Co-author, "Boosting Renewables for a Brighter Future," Geothermal Bulletin, Nov./Dec. 2003


  • Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C., J.D., 1975
  • Howard University, Washington, D.C., M.A.T., Mathematics, 1972
  • University of Nevada, B.S., Mathematics, 1971


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