Jon Wellinghoff is known for his international expertise and thought leadership in energy policy, electric markets and the interface of disruptive energy systems with traditional utility structures. His firm GridPolicy is dedicated to furthering the deployment of and investment in clean sustainable distributed energy resources (DERs).
In 2006, Jon received his first of two Presidential appointments to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and became FERC’s longest-serving Chairman (2009-2013). During his FERC tenure, he led efforts to make the U.S. power system cleaner and more efficient by promoting and integrating renewable energy, demand response, energy efficiency and storage.
Jon was more recently Chief Policy Officer at SolarCity, the largest provider of distributed solar energy systems in the U.S., where he oversaw all regulatory and legislative policy for the company. Previously, he served as partner and co-chair of the energy law practice at the law firm Stoel Rives, where he consulted on energy policy with leaders in the U.S., China, Australia and Europe. Jon earlier served in state government as General Counsel at the Nevada Public Utilities Commission and was Nevada’s first Consumer Advocate, representing the interests of utility consumers.