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 is co-chair of the Stoel Rives energy team.
Jon has nearly 38 years of leadership experience in federal and state energy policy, regulation, and project development. He has particular expertise in emerging clean tech energy system development, including systems for renewable energy production, smart grid, energy storage, energy efficiency, demand response, and energy infrastructure security, including cyber security.
The longest serving chair of the FERC, Jon was first nominated to be a FERC Commissioner in 2006 by President George W. Bush. He was reappointed to the Commission in 2008. In March of 2009 he was named Chairman by President Barack Obama.
Previously, Jon founded and led the Beckley Singleton, Chtd. Sustainable Energy and Clean Tech Division (2000-2006). His clients included the U.S. Navy, MGM Resorts, Powerlight (later acquired by SunPower Corporation), Ormat, and U.S. Geothermal, among others.
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; smart grid and integration of electric vehicles and consumer appliances into the grid; demand response and distributed generation; efficient energy market structures; and development of licensing and hydrokinetic systems.
- Phil Symons Award, Energy Storage Association, 2014
- 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
- Co-Chair, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission/ National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Demand Response Collaborative (renamed "Sunday Morning Collaborative), 2006-current
- Co-Chair, German Marshall Fund Work Group on U.S./European Utility Business Models, 2012-current
- Member, Committee on Energy Resources and Environment, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, 2006-current
- Member, Advisory Committee of the Institute for Electric Efficiency, 2007-current
- Co-Chair, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission/ National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Smart Response Collaborative
- 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, "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
- "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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